Vehicle adaptation specialist Autochair expects it will have signed with 1000 partner dealerships by the end of 2017.
Autochair’s partner manager, Tom Smith told AMP: “Autochair signed its 600th partner shop in April of this year, and we are on track to reach 1000 by the end of the year.”
The announcement comes just days after it was announced the company would be overhauling its branding with a view to double its turnover and sales in the next three years. As part of its rebrand it is aiming to improve customer experience, retail support and create a trans-global offering of mobility products.
The Autochair range includes UK-manufactured wheelchair and scooter hoists with a capacity of up to 200kg, person lifts which can transfer people from wheelchair to car seat for use at home, work and on holiday and a transfer plate that gives passengers and drivers a stable transfer platform.
Autochair manufactures moving and handling solutions specially for WAVs and holds a huge stake of the market. Retail sales manager, Steve Tress, noted that hoists are a particularly important part of the company’s business.
He said: “Our solutions are becoming lighter and allow you to get more devices into more varied cars. Cars are getting bigger on the outside but smaller on the inside because of all the safety features. It’s another challenge. It’s all about getting more things into smaller spaces. It’s the biggest challenge we have. There are a lot more people having smaller hatchback cars and who are less able rather than disabled.”