INTERNATIONAL VEHICLE ACCESS SOLUTIONS SPECIALIST MOBILITY NETWORKS ACQUIRES ITALY’S CAROIL SYSTEMS

The Mobility Networks Group, a global specialist in wheelchair access solutions for vehicles, will be significantly expanding its Italian operations and strengthening its worldwide product portfolio following the acquisition of Caroil Systems S.p.a.

Based in Palidano di Gonzaga, Italy, Caroil Systems has been a highly regarded supplier of powered platform lifts for commercial vehicles since 1996. It has been acquired by Mobility Networks following commercial difficulties earlier in the year so existing and new customers can once again benefit from world-class products and service.

Now acquired by Mobility Networks, the Caroil Systems headquarters located in Palidano di Gonzaga, Italy.

Now acquired by Mobility Networks, the Caroil Systems headquarters located in Palidano di Gonzaga, Italy.

Mobility Networks is a pioneering multi-national specialist in wheelchair lifts, ramps, wheelchair accessible vehicles and further access products for the PCV and domestic WAV sectors. Through a synergy of global contacts, regional offices and proven manufacturers, Mobility Networks provides a single source for the very best access solutions from around the world. Led by international entrepreneur and Mobility Networks CEO Mike Simmonds, Mobility Networks’ headquarters based in Kent, UK, manages a proven infrastructure and service offering that spans all continents. Mobility Networks has expanded its network of services in Italy with the addition of Caroil. The existing Managing Director for Mobility Networks Italy, Leandro De Aguiar, will also fulfill this role for Caroil Systems S.p.a through his extensive experience in the accessible vehicle industry.

Leandro commented: “This acquisition is a significant development for Mobility Networks and will provide new and existing Caroil clients with greater benefits, a wider product range and added value. Conversely, the engineering expertise of Caroil can now be leveraged on a global scale across the Mobility Networks product portfolio. Together this commercial development will ensure Mobility Networks maintains its position as the worldwide pioneer in wheelchair passenger access.”

Leandro De Aguiar, Mobility Networks Italy Managing Director (left), is congratulated by Mike Simmonds, Mobility Networks CEO Managing Director (right).

Leandro De Aguiar, Mobility Networks Italy Managing Director (left), is congratulated by Mike Simmonds, Mobility Networks CEO Managing Director (right).

Leandro continues: “As we move forward during this transition period, we would like to thank all Caroil customers, suppliers and employees for their continued understanding and goodwill. The company is now once again fully operational. We appreciate there is significant work ahead however the team and I believe this venture will be a success.”

Mobility Networks CEO Mike Simmonds added: “In terms of the Mobility Networks Group, acquiring Caroil will benefit all convertors, fleet operators and body builders across the world. It will allow us to synergise R&D with our other manufacturers such as Passenger Lift Services (PLS) in the UK – resulting in an ability to push the boundaries of innovation even further. In addition to the wheelchair access lift division, this acquisition also includes Elephantcar – the commercial tail lift division of Caroil.  We are excited to now be involved in this area of the business too so that Mobility Networks can widen its customer base and extend services into new sectors. I firmly believe Leandro has the acumen to fulfill this exciting new challenge as Mobility Networks continues to deliver unsurpassed excellence in safety and accessibility across the globe.”

www.mobilitynetworksgroup.com/it

Age UK Teams Up With Theraposture To Offer A New Adjustable Beds Range

Age UK Teams Up With Theraposture To Offer A New Adjustable Beds RangeAge UK Trading has teamed up with Theraposture, a long established adjustable bed specialist, to offer a new range of electrically adjustable beds for older people. Age UK Adjustable Beds are designed so that older individuals and couples can sleep comfortably and feel refreshed, the beds have been developed by Theraposture in association with a qualified Occupational Therapist to offer the highest levels of support and reliability.

The new collection of Age UK Adjustable Beds includes ready-to-choose and tailor-made adjustable beds, which can be created online using an easy-to-use “Bed Builder” virtual tool. Found at www.ageukbeds.co.uk, the “Bed Builder” helps users create a unique bed from an extra range of options including function, style, size and finish.

Helena King, Head of Affinity & Product Development at Age UK, comments: “Age UK Trading specialise in the evolving needs of older people and work with quality partners to offer a range of products specially designed for those in later life. We understand that in order to be happy at home it’s important to be relaxed and comfortable, and are delighted to be working with Theraposture to offer a new range of adjustable beds.”

David Holtum, Theraposture Managing Director concludes: “As a long established business, which has been family run since 1981, Theraposture has a history of working with Healthcare Professionals and Occupational Therapists. We are extremely proud to partner with Age UK and believe that the combination of leading charity and product supplier will hugely benefit those searching for the perfect nights’ sleep.”

Age UK Trading works with a number of specially selected product partners that are leaders in their field and that share the Charity’s brand values, to offer a range of products to help older people live independently for longer. The beds range from Age UK Trading and Theraposture has been created to offer people in later life quality adjustable beds, which deliver the perfect balance of support and comfort to enable a great night’s sleep.

Customers can expect fully adjustable beds, reducing pressure on the hips, back and joints to achieve the preferred sleeping position. The height can also be adjusted making getting in and out easier and reducing the risk of back strain for supporting relatives or carers. Each design is available in a variety of widths for both one person and for a couple to share which can be personalised with a range of options including headboards, fabrics and controllers.

As part of the partnership Theraposture will raise a minimum of £85,000 through the promotion and sale of adjustable beds for Age UK Trading.

Gainsborough Specialist Bathing Launch New Range of Assistive Baths

A new range of assistive baths will be unveiled by Gainsborough Specialist Bathing at the 2015 Care & Dementia Show (stand D10, NEC, 3-4 November).

As Europe’s foremost provider of specialist bathing products, Gainsborough delivers the optimum solution so that bathers can bathe safely and in complete comfort in residential care and hospital environments.

Being showcased at this year’s Care & Dementia Show, the latest range of baths promise to deliver impressive clinical and operational advantages for care providers. Live demonstrations of the new bath range, including its variable-height baths with powered traverse seat and reclining baths for improved postural control, will take place on stand D10.

Gordon Farmiloe, Managing Director of Gainsborough Specialist Bathing comments: “We are delighted to unveil our new bathing range at the Care & Dementia Show. We believe it is the perfect platform to showcase how these world-class Gainsborough products will redefine assisted bathing. These baths, along with our comprehensive maintenance and service programmes, will ensure healthcare providers have the capability to continue delivering high quality care for many years to come.”

Gainsborough’s new range of baths have been designed to meet a variety of user needs. Combined, the new Gentona, Ezara, Sentes, Torin, Alera and Talano baths now offers healthcare providers more choice than ever before. The main benefits of the new range include:

  • Lower running costs: features such as keyhole design, depth indicators and auto-fill options combine to deliver an extremely economical, energy-efficient bathing solution
  • Improved operational efficiencies: reduced bathing cycle times allow carers to attend to the needs of the residents more efficiently
  • Enhanced levels of care: greatly improved bathing experience for both bather and carer, with cutting-edge ergonomics and technology

www.gainsboroughbaths.com

Theraposture Highlight Oustanding Support Services for Families at Kidz-to-Adultz-up-North

Theraposture Adustable Beds and CotsAt Kidz-to-Adultz-up-North Kidz Exhibitions Theraposture will be highlighting why the service provided by its Trusted Assessors is as outstanding as its products.

All families and healthcare professionals visiting stand B10 will be able to discover why Theraposture offers support with peace of mind through:

• 35 years experience

• 14 day Suitability Guarantees 

• Wide ranging appointment times including after school

• Free assessments and demonstrations 

• Price matching like-for-like quotes

Theraposture will be showcasing the Mascot Mk2 cot, a bespoke Hannah cot and a Theracare Low bed. There will be lots of sweets available on the stand (yummy!), and we look forward to discussing users needs with many families and healthcare professionals once more! 

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TGA Mobility Launch New ‘Scoot and Be Seen’ Mobility Scooter Safety Initiative

Mobility Scooter Safety CampaignTGA, a leading nationwide specialist in mobility scooters, has introduced a new ‘Scoot and Be Seen’ initiative to ensure its customers can maximise their visibility and safety during the winter and beyond.

Since opening 30 years ago, TGA has always focused on the safety of its scooter customers. Not only does this family-run company supply an award-winning range of reliable and quality products, its customer care and servicing teams deliver impeccable support to end users. The TGA range including the flagship Breeze S4, cutting edge Vita range and the folding Minimo family are proven to deliver independence with peace of mind. Despite models such as the Vita 4 including the latest LED high intensity head and rear lights, TGA is committed to providing a comprehensive package of support that enhances safety.
TGA’s ongoing commitment to scooter owner safety includes personalised pre-ownership assessmentsdriver training and self-maintenance advice . With the onset of darker nights, TGA has added to these services by launching its ‘Scoot and Be Seen’ campaign that will raise awareness about safe driving. It will include free advice and driving tips, availability to a wider range of high visibility accessories and a free high-vis scooter bag with every scooter purchase. TGA national press exposure and online coverage will be used to raise awareness regarding safety and encourage scooter owners to be more informed and aware of their own capabilities. They will benefit from greater confidence and enjoyment through an ability to make the right driving decisions – increasing the safety of all highway users.

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PLS, A MOBILITY NETWORKS COMPANY, SHOWCASES WORLD-CLASS ACCESS LIFT INNOVATIONS AT COACH & BUS LIVE

The multi-national Mobility Networks Group and its UK bus and coach accessible lift division, PLS, have achieved significant enquiry levels regarding its new Access lift innovations at Coach & Bus Live (stand F20, NEC, 30th Sept – 1st Oct).

Mobility Networks is regarded as one of the world’s leaders in wheelchair access solutions for buses, coaches, mini-buses and domestic vehicles. Part of Mobility Networks, Passenger Lift Services (PLS) is the UK-leading name in the design, manufacture and maintenance of powered lifts and ramps for the PCV sector. At this year’s Coach & Bus Live, PLS demonstrated a range of pioneering product features that enhance existing access solutions – resulting in additional advantages for convertors, operators and passengers. This evolving excellence in engineering is being driven by PLS’s renowned focus on R&D along with the added advantage of Mobility Networks’ global connections. With offices worldwide, Mobility Networks continues to expand its international reach in terms of specialist manufacturers and suppliers so that the best components and technologies can be leveraged across the whole PLS Access portfolio. The latest Access product developments from PLS deliver weight-saving advantages along with enhanced usability and streamlined maintenance through a greater use of common components within the manufacturing process.

Adam Beck, PLS Managing Director, demonstrates the latest AccessTM Coach ski-lock lift (Mega-H) to Plaxton engineers and designers at Coach & Bus Live 2015.

Adam Beck, PLS Managing Director, demonstrates the latest AccessTM Coach ski-lock lift (Mega-H) to Plaxton engineers and designers at Coach & Bus Live 2015.

Mike Simmonds, CEO of Mobility Networks said: “As part of Mobility Networks, PLS has been delighted with the response to its latest Access lift innovations at Coach & Bus Live. The international strength of Mobility Networks’ gives PLS the ability to leverage more cutting-edge ideas and solutions from around the world. This ensures its reputation as the industry leader in accessible vehicle lifts will continue to be intact, now and in the future.”

Displayed on a fully operational rig, new innovations showcased by PLS included its:

* latest Coach Ski-locker Lift now with extending platform  

* all new ‘Mega-H’ bottom of locker coach lift 

* weight-saving Inboard Lift and Cassette AccessTM Lite platforms

The ‘Mega-H’ is the first choice for retro-fits to existing coaches as PLS can offer a comprehensive and competitive package solution.

The Access Coach Ski-locker Lift is a robust, fully automatic large passenger platform that provides side wheelchair access to executive and luxury coaches. The ‘Mega’ version provides the longest lifting cassette-based platform on the market and can deliver an impressive 500kg SWL. This lift now incorporates PLS’s latest concept in safety handrails which have been redesigned for easier deployment and storage through the inclusion of a new ‘Index Plunger’. Durability and safety have also been enhanced through a new, single extrusion hinge ‘Pod’ that provides better ‘positive locking’. The new handrail design has facilitated the inclusion of higher side kerbs along the edge of the lifting platform – again increasing peace of mind for wheelchair users when being lifted to coach floor level.  Handrail panels are now affixed using cutting-edge adhesive technology so that riveting is not required – hence reducing production time and improving aesthetics. 

The PLS stand and Coach & Bus Live 2015

The PLS stand at Coach & Bus Live 2015 demonstrated several new innovations in vehicle access

The automatic roll-off stop has also been reengineered using design concepts from other Mobility Network products. Now manufactured from a more robust single component, it also includes a new rubber lead edge, which provides a more precise contact between the lifting platform and the road surface. Coupled with a weight saving of 20kg across the design, the latest Access Coach Ski-locker Lift from PLS will continue to be first choice for most coach operators.

Alongside the main rig on the PLS stand, other examples from the growing Mobility Networks’ portfolio were displayed. These included an example of the FlexiRail vehicle flooring system that provides flexible securement of seating and wheelchair passengers, and the all-new aluminum IVA Bumper Step. The Bumper Step provides step-up access to mini-bus rear doors and can be installed over a platform lift cassette housing. This new design is 100% alloy TIG welded and two alloy-extruded ribs, which provide structural stiffness, have replaced the original steel frame. This new design now only weighs 7.5kg, hence saving convertors 16.5kg in weight and resulting in improved vehicle fuel efficiency.

www.passengerliftservices.co.uk    www.mobilitynetworksgroup.com

Leading OT Support Services and iPad Air Prize Showcased on Theraposture Stand at 2015 OT Show

Theraposture OT Support ServicesTheraposture, the preferred specialist for quality assistive beds and cots, will be demonstrating its leading products and OT support programme along with offering an iPad Air 2 free prize draw on stand D30 at the OT Show (NEC, 25-26 November, 2015).

​Theraposture will also be the main sponsor for the new Paediatric Trail and will be sharing a stand with the Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children – its long-standing charity partner. As one of the main features on the Paediatric Trail, which highlights innovators within care for young people, the Theraposture stand will include a wide variety of content this year. In addition to offering the opportunity to win an iPad by simply registering on the stand, the Theraposture Trusted Assessors will be on hand to explain why their service is second-to-none in terms of OT and client support. Read more…..