Karma Medical has appointed a new innovations expert from Europe to help develop new powered wheelchair solutions for markets including the UK.
Eric van Olst, chief of product innovations, will use his 30 years’ of experience and knowledge in the field to produce solutions that benefit Karma’s end-users and retail partners from the firm’s Taiwanese base.
Since joining the company, van Olst has already been involved in the design of the Versus seating frame and Leon Kameleon paediatric powerchair along with the development of the EvO range.
He said: “A trained engineer by profession, I am always looking to translate the demands and aspirations of our customers into new designs and concepts.
When we are coming up with these new ideas, we focus our thoughts on how they will benefit not just the user but also the therapist, family members and our service engineers.”
Van Olst believes there will be increasing levels of investment into battery technology as there is within the automotive industry.
He said: “These advances in battery performance combined with Internet technologies and IOT which are offering new ways to communicate with the wheelchairs, solve issues faster and even prevent them from happening in the first instance can only help us here at Karma Medical as we continually evolve the Karma product portfolio.”
Karma Medical has several R&D and product management departments in Taiwan as well as offices in Europe all of whom communicate on a daily basis as they work on product development.
Van Olst and his teams also work closely with well-known companies in the development of new components and technology along with production processes.
Mark Duffield, general manager at Karma Mobility, said: “From our perspective here in the UK, the appointment of Eric is great news for us and our end users and retailers.
“We pride ourselves on offering the best possible wheelchair and powerchair solutions and I know Eric’s expertise will benefit all concerned.”