New TGA Wheelchair Powerpack PLUS proves popular at RehaCare 2014

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TGA experienced a highly successful RehaCare 2014 with its Wheelchair Powerpack distributor in the Netherlands, Preston Ability. Pictured from left to right: Eric Cooper, TGA Powerpack Product Manager; Preston Ability’s Lenn Harrevelt and Ingrid Smid; Koen Koyen from Belgium; Tim Ross, TGA National Sales Manager; Menno Vaartjes, Huib van den Brink and Marc Reijnders from Preston Ability; and Daniel Stone, TGA Managing Director.

In partnership with its Dutch distributor Preston Ability, TGA successfully debuted its new 32st capacity Wheelchair Powerpack Plus at RehaCare International.

The TGA Powerpack is first choice for leading healthcare providers, carers, distributors and disabled individuals worldwide looking for powered assistance to drive manual, attendant-controlled wheelchairs. Each reliable model has a lightweight yet robust design, ergonomic controls and compatibility with the majority of wheelchair types through an infinite range of UK manufactured fittings. This market-leading product has been totally designed and built in the UK for over 25 years and through decades of TGA development, has evolved into a proven product that is trusted by 50,000+ carers worldwide.

Appearing at RehaCare for the first time this year, the new bariatric Powerpack Plus was showcased alongside the established Solo, Duo and Heavy-Duty models. The 24v Plus model eliminates the difficulties posed for carers when pushing larger wheelchair occupants and negotiating slopes, ramps or uneven surfaces. It helps to drive manual wheelchairs forward so moving and handling risks such as back and muscle strain are reduced for carers. In addition to its remarkable 32 stone user weight capacity, the new 3mph Powerpack Plus incorporates several additional pioneering features to enhance both the occupant and attendant’s mobility. These include advanced ‘soft-start’ technology, extra safety features, greater battery range and a service performance indicator.

Eric Cooper, TGA Powerpack Product Manager comments: “I am delighted to report our new Powerpack Plus has received significant levels of enquiries at RehaCare. We were busy all four days of the event demonstrating how this new solution will enhance well being and independence for bariatric wheelchair users and their carers. It was a pleasure once again working with our Dutch partners at Preston Ability who supported this debut by demonstrating the proven results of our existing Powerpack range. We believe this new model represents a significant development in the global mobility sector and has already been endorsed by leading Occupational Therapists.”

Each Powerpack Plus is supplied with a two-year warranty and when off board charging is required, the battery pack can be quickly removed from the chassis without the need to disconnect complex wiring.

DISABLED WAR VETERAN TO TACKLE 100-MILE TGA MOBILITY SCOOTER CHARITY CHALLENGE ON 100-YEAR WW1 ANNIVERSARY

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Andy McIntosh, 42 from Strathaven near Glasgow, is a retired Army Corporal who despite living with severe mobility difficulties, will be driving a TGA Breeze mobility scooter 100-miles to raise military charity donations on the 100th World War One anniversary.

He is due to Start on Sunday 9th November 2014, 9:00am at Goldens Sands Holiday Park, Beach Road, Cresswell, Northumberland, NE61 5LF and intends to Finish on Tuesday 11th November 10-11:00amPoppy Scotland, Edinburgh (Head Office), New Haig House, Logie Green Road, Edinburgh, EH7 4HQ.

Andy will be driving a Breeze S4 GT loaned by TGA. This is a revised model of the winner of the BBC Top Gear Extreme Mobility Scooter challenge, which was broadcast on BBC 2 in 2012. More recently, this robust 8mph scooter with proven off-road capabilities, set a new world recordthis summer for: “The greatest distance covered in 24 hours by a mobility scooter.” The Breeze delivered 100% reliability and comfort to the driver during this extreme challenge and will once again be tested to the limit on this 100-mile journey along the Scottish east coast.

Andy served in The Cheshire Regiment for 14 years experiencing front line action in Bosnia, Iraq and Northern Ireland. Read more…..

 

PLS APPOINTS NEW TECHNICAL COACH LIFT SALES MANAGER

PLS (Passenger Lift Services), a Mobility Networks company and leading specialist in vehicle wheelchair access lifts, has appointed David Cunliffe as its new Technical Lift Sales Manager to support the UK coach and bus sector.

 Adam Beck, PLS Managing Director (left), welcomes David Cunliffe to PLS as its new Technical Lift Sales Manager.

Adam Beck, PLS Managing Director (left), welcomes David Cunliffe to PLS as its new Technical Lift Sales Manager.

David, 51 from Bolton, brings a wealth of relevant experience to PLS and will be delivering a nationwide service focused on the needs of fleet operators. David’s most recent position before joining PLS involved direct sales for MAN Truck and Bus Ltd, focusing on bus and coach sales. He has over 35 years experience in the sector and has extensive sales and engineering contacts with leading brands such as Ford, Mercedes, Iveco, Renault and Volkswagen. This career move represents a significant step for David as he now joins the UK’s leading specialist in accessible, powered lifts for coaches, buses, CT and PTS vehicles. He will be primarily responsible for listening, engaging and responding to the needs of coach operators so their accessibility requirements are met more effectively.

David began his career within the family’s business in 1979, W.B. Cunliffe – coach builders based in Lancashire. Over a period of 25 years he developed from the shop floor with a comprehensive knowledge of manufacturing, through to sales director in 1992. He became responsible for a wide variety of aspects within the business including production management, R&D, stock sourcing and meeting the precise requirements of customers. This role was followed by positions at Frank Guy Ltd, PPS Commercials Ltd and Wilker UK Ltd. David now brings all this knowledge and expertise to PLS for the benefit of its existing and potential customers.

David comments: “I am delighted to now be part of PLS, especially as it continues to achieve significant growth. The recently expanded premises provide the ideal location for new lift innovations and I am excited with the prospect of communicating our complete service package to coach and bus operators. My previous career history has given me the perfect background for my new role. It will allow me to meet coach operator needs through an understanding of historic challenges and current goals.”

Mike Simmonds, CEO of Mobility Networks adds: “David promises to be a significant asset for PLS and its customers. His skill set is unique and with such an impressive track record in the sector, I feel confident he will deliver an impeccable level of sales support across the UK coach and bus sector. These are indeed dynamic times for PLS as the business expands at a significant pace. The team and I are delighted that David will now be part of this success as we strengthen service levels for future growth.”

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TGA SHOWCASE AT TRADE DAYS DELIVERS DIRECT BUSINESS FROM KEY TGA RETAILERS

TGA_TradeDays_1Through the presentation of a varied showcase, TGA Mobility has achieved a significant level of networking and trade enquiries from selective TGA retailers at the first Trade Days exhibition (NEC, Hall 18, 5-6th October, Stand E10).

The TGA team presented several features to retailers at Trade Days that included a new product launch, a discount-related table football competition and two informative seminars. The complete portfolio of TGA scooters were also available to test and trial along with the new 32st capacity wheelchair Powerpack and the TGA puncture sealant.

The TGA team welcomed key TGA retailers onto stand E10 to demonstrate the new Minimo Plus scooter which was unveiled at Trade Days and now offers a foldable model with enhanced drivability. Based on the best-selling, lightweight Minimo, the Plus version still retains a compact chassis but incorporates advanced features that are normally only associated with larger, mid-range scooters. The 4mph Minimo Plus incorporates larger pneumatic tyres, more powerful controller, integrated light, higher ground clearance and enhanced ultra-lightweight batteries. It also provides a higher rider weight capacity than the standard Minimo so users weighing up to 115kg (250lbs) can be accommodated. This next generation car boot scooter produced significant interest from retailers along with the larger 8mph Maximo which will also be available soon.

Tim Ross, TGA National Sales Manager commented: “Considering this is a launch event, the TGA trade team and I have been pleased with the interest and business generated at Trade Days. The table football competition added a fun atmosphere to the stand and several TGA retailers won enough games to achieve impressive discounts on our scooter range. Interest in the new Minimo Plus and forthcoming larger Maximo was high as our pioneering concept in car boot scooters continues to evolve. Overall the show had a relaxed atmosphere, with a more selective number of attendees, so our Area Sales Managers were able to spend time discussing business more thoroughly. The knowledge that you were only talking to trade people at the show was excellent in terms of faster qualification and the ability to pitch your angle correctly. We leave Trade Days with the knowledge that TGA retailers are up to speed with all our developments and have a better understanding of the unique trade support we offer.”

 

Lorry Enthusiast from Lincolnshire ‘Pimps Up’ His Two TGA Mobility Scooters

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Crane Lowndes, 50 from Sutton-on-Sea in Lincolnshire, lives with disability and in between travelling throughout Europe supporting haulage drivers, has been adapting two TGA Breeze mobility scooters into mini lorries.
Crane was born with Cerebral Palsy (CP), which is a neurological condition that affects the movement and co-ordination of muscles which is thought to affect 1 in 400 people. Crane’s CP predominantly affects his legs making walking extremely difficult, therefore a mobility scooter is the only means of retaining freedom outdoors. Despite living with these difficulties, Crane has successfully volunteered as a “driver’s mate” for several long distance haulages firms over the last 30 years. He has been responsible for crucial map reading, cooking, loading and lifting. His extensive geographic knowledge and experience in the trucking environment has been invaluable for many drivers and haulage companies, especially before the introduction of modern satellite navigations systems. This passion for trucking has led to Crane “pimping up” two of his three, 8mph TGA Breeze mobility scooters so they are more “lorry like”. Read more…

MOBILITY NETWORKS GROUP ACHIEVES SIGNIFICANT GLOBAL SUCCESS AT REHACARE 2014

The Mobility Networks Group, a world-leading specialist in wheelchair accessible vehicle solutions, has successfully debuted at RehaCare International and exhibited the new FlexiRamp for the Ford Tourneo Connect WAV in partnership with API of the Czech Republic.

The Mobility Networks Group experienced a highly successful RehaCare 2014. Pictured from left to right: Miroslav Bartoš, API Managing Director; Stephan Schwarz, Mobility Networks Germany Managing Director; and Mike Simmonds, Mobility Networks CEO.

The Mobility Networks Group experienced a highly successful RehaCare 2014. Pictured from left to right: Miroslav Bartoš, API Managing Director; Stephan Schwarz, Mobility Networks Germany Managing Director; and Mike Simmonds, Mobility Networks CEO.

Mobility Networks launched in early 2014 to deliver a comprehensive portfolio of global products to the transport sector. This multinational organisation supplies wheelchair access lifts, ramps, lowered vehicle floors and further solutions to convertors and builders of buses, coaches, WAVs, PTS/ambulances, trams and trains.

Mobility Networks provides a single source for solutions from the world’s best manufacturers and its recently opened German office, delivered an impressive product showcase at RehaCare (Hall 6, Stand C56, Messe Düsseldorf, 24-27 September 2014).

Formerly TMN Europe, Mobility Networks Germany hosted a comprehensive product selection that included WAV wheelchair lifts, wheelchair hoists, access ramps and the world-class FlexiRamp from API. The FlexiRamp is a highly respected lowered floor kit that converts specific OEM cars into wheelchair accessible vehicles. Launched at RehaCare, Mobility Networks displayed a new version of the FlexiRamp suitable for the Ford Tourneo Connect. This now complements the other models in the range, produced for the Citroën Berlingo, VW Caddy and Peugeot Partner.

In addition to its suitability for the Connect, this latest FlexiRamp also incorporates wheelchair tie-down retractors that are embedded in the floor well – delivering greater convenience and improved aesthetics. As with all the FlexiRamp models, this latest version will provide substantial time saving benefits to vehicle convertors. It will also offer a trusted, quality solution for wheelchair passengers who can benefit from safe transportation, easy transfers and personalised positioning.

Stephan Schwartz, Mobility Networks DE GmbH Managing Director commented: “The Mobility Networks team and I were delighted to meet a high number of international visitors at RehaCare. Our representatives from across the world were busy all four days demonstrating the extensive range of accessible vehicle solutions we had on display. Several vehicle convertors expressed interest in our range of precision powered lifts manufactured by PLS in the UK, which is part of the Mobility Networks Group.

The new API FlexiRamp for the Ford Connect also generated significant enquiries as it provides such a high quality solution, with seamless and fast integration. Our complete fitting, servicing and maintenance programmes were also of interest to many global visitors. Overall the show atmosphere was positive and we would like to thank the event organisers for providing the ideal platform for us to debut our latest innovations.”

The new API FlexiRamp from Mobility Networks for the Ford Tourneo Connect successfully debuted at RehaCare 2014. Pictured with Mike Simmonds, Mobility Networks CEO.

The new API FlexiRamp from Mobility Networks for the Ford Tourneo Connect successfully debuted at RehaCare 2014. Pictured with Mike Simmonds, Mobility Networks CEO.

Mike Simmonds, Mobility Networks CEO added: “RehaCare 2014 has added to the momentum of the Mobility Networks Group as it continues to expand. Our representatives met with key purchasers and specifiers throughout the event, whilst also engaging face-to-face with end users – both equally beneficial.

Having the opportunity to listen, discuss and understand the needs of our trade customers and product users is always essential in terms of future innovations. We believe this is critical and RehaCare once again delivered a unique opportunity not to be missed.”

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Boost Your Happiness With A Breeze

If you live with restricted mobility and find walking tricky or even painful, a quality and reliable mobility scooter can change your life. Practically, it can give you independence to visit the local shops, friends or even go on holiday. Whereas from a well-being point of view, you can benefit from fresh air, experiencing the outdoors and accessing local amenities. Being able to go out on your own without the need for support from friends or loved ones is a priceless feeling. This is where a scooter makes such a difference. Some people may need to be pushed in a wheelchair or be unsteady when walking, so why risk extra stresses and strains when a battery-powered scooter can take away all the hassle?

There is a vast range of mobility scooters out there to choose from these days, however it is important to select the right model for you and your lifestyle. This is where asking a trusted mobility scooter specialist for advice is essential before buying. TGA are one such name you can rely on, as they have a proven 30-year track record and supply the nation’s favourite scooter, the Breeze.

There are several models in the TGA Breeze range so your personal mobility needs will be met. An 8mph Breeze S4 has four wheels for brilliant stability and its three-wheel sister model, the Breeze S3, is great for advanced manoeuvrability. Both come with lots of features for total comfort and a smooth ride including active suspension, orthopaedic seat and pneumatic tyres. These larger scooters with extra power, battery range and traction allow you to travel off-road on countryside adventures or along scenic coastal paths – as chosen by some members of the Disabled Ramblers Association. The build quality is exceptional so reliability is high – very important when out and about as poor quality models from some other companies may break down leaving you in a tricky spot. No such worries with the Breeze!

If you are looking for even more performance, TGA also offer a S4 GT version with wider rear wheels for extra grip and heavy-duty batteries, good for up to 30 miles on one charge. It is even available with a golf bag attachment and fairway friendly tyres, so golfers can drive from home and straight onto the course, without the need to transfer to a buggy. The Breeze range continues with the ‘Max’ model – perfect for the larger rider with a mighty weight capacity of 39 stone. It has strengthened suspension, extra torque and a wider, fully adjustable seat. If you are worried that the weather could get in the way of your independence, then TGA also have an answer for that – a ‘BMW styled’, hard top canopy with windscreen or a complete clear vinyl version.

Some people may prefer a more compact scooter than the 8mph Breeze S3 or S4, that’s fine, as TGA also make Midi three and four-wheel models. The Breeze Midi 3 and 4 continue with all the amazing features of their big brothers but have a smaller chassis and wheels so driving around shops or smaller spaces are easier. They still include clever energy absorbing bumpers for added safety and their LCD control display is easy to understand. With an 8mph top speed and active suspension, the Midi Breeze models from TGA give you the best of both worlds.

Tel: 01787 882244
Email: sales@tgamobility.co.uk