World-leading designer and manufacturer of vehicle adaptation products Autochair is celebrating 40 years in business.
The family-run company was founded by David Walker, OBE, after an accident left him paralysed.
He wanted to find a way to get to work without having to rely on someone else to load and unload his wheelchair from the boot of his car.
Finding that there was nothing suitable on the market, David decided to invent his own solution, eventually developing a mechanism that hoisted his chair into a box on the roof of his car.
Its success led to others asking for a similar product and with demand so strong, production started in 1983 and Autochair was born.
Since then, the Derbyshire-based company has become a world-leading innovator and supplier of vehicle adaptations.
“This is a special time for the company,” said Matthew Walker, David’s son and Managing Director at Autochair.
“We’ve achieved so much over the last 40 years and this is an excellent opportunity to reflect on that.
“From its inception by my father, our company has relentlessly pursued excellence. What began as a necessity-driven invention has grown into a global enterprise that empowers people worldwide.
“Our commitment to innovation is at the core of everything we do at Autochair. With our cutting-edge manufacturing facilities in Derbyshire, we continually push the boundaries of what's achievable to ensure that drivers can maintain their independence and freedom, regardless of their disabilities.”
After hitting its latest milestone, Autochair has also revealed its latest product innovations, including a next-generation LM hoist, a brand-new power pack for the entire range of boot hoists and person lifts, and upgraded electronics (handset and control box) for their boot hoists.