Manufacturer adapts wheelchair passenger lift to tackle Japanese Rugby World Cup demand
For 2019, the Mobility Networks Group, a supplier of vehicle access lifts, ramps, steps, seats, has announced that it will supply lifts for the Hato Bus Company in Japan for a selection of its buses ready for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
The new bus lifts, ordinarily used for wheelchair passengers, are to accommodate for the inbound tourists attending the event and will be used to help drivers avoid back pains and injuries lifting heavy luggage.
The model of lift was a collaboration between engineers at PLS (Passenger Lift Services, a Mobility Networks company) and their counterparts at Vanhool and Hato Bus.
Paul Hemingway, Commercial Director at Mobility Networks Group, said: “We as Mobility Networks are extremely proud to work with such a prestigious client as Hato Bus on this project for the upcoming Rugby World Cup.
“We have been involved from the outset with the customer and have provided a unique product to satisfy both the customer and requirements of the tournament; demonstrating our flexibility to provide the exact solution and needs of the market.”
Established in 2012 and with worldwide headquarters in Kent, the Mobility Networks Group is a multi-national specialist in vehicle accessibility products. Over recent years, the Group has seen continued European expansion into new markets, led by an acquisition strategy.
In 2014, the Group acquired Germany’s TMN Europe, Italy’s Caroil Systems in 2015 and merged with Dutch company Acdeos in September 2017. In September 2018, the company bought IAV (formerly CARadap), taking a 100% shareholding in Spanish manufacturer.
The first Japanese lift will be installed by Vanhool on Hato’s double-decker bus in the second quarter of 2019.