Mobility manufacturer Carbon Black Systems, which is known for its sleek, carbon fibre wheelchairs, is seeking investment in the company so it can roll out its new model and establish its distribution in key markets.
Its second generation chair launched in May and now the company needs £340,000 – of which it has already raised £80,000 from four investors – to roll the Carbon Black II out across the UK, US and Germany.
The first Carbon Black wheelchair launched in 2012 and the market responded well to its different look and use of super lightweight carbon fibre.
The original chair, which was sold direct to end-users instead of through dealer channels, cost more to manufacture – and buy – than most other models which limited its sales.
Now Carbon Black hopes to find a means to bring equipment to a much wider audience without sacrificing either looks, build quality or user benefits.
For the past 18 months it has been designing parts, sourcing materials and securing patents for its chairs in the UK, Europe and US.
The Carbon Black II has a starting price of £3,995, bringing it into line with competitor prices in the premium manual wheelchair market.
The company, which is led by MD Steve Ryan, said that the investment creates a “clear and exciting” opportunity to gain traction in the market.
Its pitch on investment site CrowdCube, said: “We are now raising investment to bring Carbon Black to a much wider community.
“The investment will be used to roll out across our key markets of the UK, US and Germany, make further innovative developments to our chair and establish our distribution.”