Distributor partnership for special need bicycles to service fast-growing inclusive cycling sector
British trike manufacturer Tomcat has completed a UK-wide distributor agreement with Dutch cycle specialist Van Raam which will see the Varsseveld-based supplier’s range of special needs bicycles available in the growing UK market.
According to Tomcat, Van Raam’s single user machines and carer supported products are already well-known to the many cycling centres, school and care institutions in the UK, with the increased availability of the products helping to support and strengthen the UK’s expanding inclusive cycling industry.
“We see a lot of countries in Europe with a high penetration of Van Raam special need bikes. We believe that Tomcat can help us to achieve this same penetration in the UK.” Ronald Ruesink, Commercial Director from Van Raam
Designed for adults and children with a physical disability or for people who want more stability and secureness while cycling, the Dutch manufacturer’s range includes tricycles, scooterbikes, wheelchair bikes, tandem bikes, double rider bikes and low step-through bikes.
Commenting on the agreement, Bob Griffin, Managing Director and founder of Tomcat said: “We are very pleased to be partnering with Van Raam whom we have known for many years, and whose standards in quality, ethics and customer care, mirror our own. Though our companies both service the same sector, our products are very different, therefore this partnership will enable us to offer our many customers – from the very young through to senior citizens and multi-user locations – a complete spectrum of products that will address every level of ability, difficulty and aspiration.”
As well as nationwide coverage by field assessors, Tomcat has its own showroom in Gloucestershire where both its own manufactured range and a selection of Van Raam products will all be available.
In addition, the company says it also has repair facilities and technical expertise at its Gloucester headquarters to deal with the all-important ‘aftercare’ service that is vital to its customers.
“This development will not only complete our broad portfolio, but it will also enable us to offer the very best solution and aftercare service to anyone who wants to take charge of their difficulties and become a part of the UK cycling revolution,” finished Bob.
Founded in 1997 and based in Gloucester, Tomcat designs and manufactures custom-built trikes and assistive technology for children and adults in the UK, exporting its ranges globally. The company was also awarded the prestigious Queens Award for Innovation, in addition to many European technology grants and industry awards.
Ronald Ruesink, Commercial Director from Van Raam, commented: “Van Raam is very pleased with the cooperation with Tomcat. We believe that the culture and the way of doing business and innovation are very similar. Van Raam has also won a lot of (international) awards and prizes regarding innovation, design and people management.
“We see a lot of countries in Europe with a high penetration of Van Raam special need bikes. We believe that Tomcat can help us to achieve this same penetration in the UK.”