MP’s visit to highlight how Carbon Black is applying F1 race technology to wheelchair market
Bicester, Friday, February 26 2016:
North Oxfordshire MP Victoria Prentis is today visiting a manufacturing facility in her constituency that is combining high end F1 engineering and high fashion ergonomics to the wheelchair market – not only to open up new global markets but, more importantly, people’s minds to the new possibilities for active users.
Henry Ford once said that of his ‘Model T’ that you can have any colour you like, providing its black, but Carbon Black has turned the mantra into a virtue. The company which has a manufacturing base and showroom at Home Farm, Caversfield, is encouraging users to ‘blackcessorize’ their super lightweight chairs – although the predominantly black and futuristic chairs now come in a wide range of bespoke trims and optional extras to meet the high overseas demand.
Managing director of Carbon Black Steve Ryan who earlier this month met UK Care Minister Alistair Burt at Arab Health 2016 – the Middle East’s largest health expo in Dubai – said: “Carbon Black is a global product, but is firmly rooted in the UK with our manufacturing in Bicester because of its close links to F1 and the heartland of carbon fibre technology.”
“Our chairs are head turners wherever we go so we are obviously pleased when representatives of the UK Government supports us in our efforts – both locally and internationally. It means a lot to us to welcome our local MP to Bicester to visit our small facility, which has become an international powerhouse for R&D, design and manufacture.”
“We also hope to be able to soon report to an expansion in our manufacturing and the creation of new jobs to meet the growing international demands from all over the world.” Carbon Black’s range of innovative and ergonomically designed wheelchairs are stylish, lightweight and futuristically minimalist in appearance – more akin to that used by Charles Xavier in X-Men than any other lightweight wheelchair on the market.
The manufacturers see it not just as a mobility and independence aid, but a perception revolution that is changing society’s view of the wheelchair and their users.
Arguably the most compact rigid frame lightweight wheelchair on the market, it dismantles in seconds into easy to transport parts, none heavier than 3.5kg. The unparalleled ride quality is due to millions of carbon fibre strands which absorb the vibration from the road. And, with multiple interchangeable backrest options, users will always be comfortable and well supported. High end and designed with quality, functionality and aesthetics at its heart,
Carbon Black chairs are bespoke for the customer and even include LED lighting so that hidden kerbs are visible to users at night.
With starting prices of £7,500, each chair can be custom-built to the users abilities and lifestyles and is targeted at the active user market.
For more information contact John Wilson at Free Range Heads Ltd on + 44 (0) 77 66 66 07 90