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miniplus June issue 31

supplier The established Vapor Ricon name – one of the market leaders in wheelchair lifts – recently became Faiveley Vapor Ricon. But a focus on the small PCV market remains 30 | June 2017 | miniplus.co.uk Lifts are available in solid- and split-platform layouts New brand and new focus on minibuses As part of a group re-organisation, Vapor Ricon – best known for its wheelchair lifts – was recently re-titled Faiveley Vapor Ricon (FVR). It remains a subsidiary of the Wabtec Group, and it also retains a strong commitment to the minicoach and minibus markets, says Business Unit Manager Paul Hemingway. “There is no difference at all as far as our customers are concerned; all that has changed is our trading name. In Wabtec, we’re part of a large group, but we remain small enough to react on the rare occasions that product support is needed.” During 2017, FVR’s branding will gradually change to ensure that the transition is smooth and professional. It’s of critical importance to the company that its customers know that it’s continuing to operate exactly as it did before – just under a different name. FVR’s is planning to grow its product range and thus its customer presence. It’s already well established in the lift market, but it has its eye on providing minibus convertors with what Paul describes as “a complete package” for a particular vehicle. “We are able to deliver a kit for the conversion of that vehicle: A door, a floor, a lift and seats, and a ramp if required. The floor is a new product. It is the lightest on the market and it has been fully tested with seating. It is CNC cut and it fits the vehicle exactly, with no trimming needed.” Like the floor, the seats are to a lightweight design, and in either fixed or folding configuration. Conversion kits are available in bulk quantities. “We have recently quoted on a batch of 100 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter-based vehicles,” says Paul, who adds that FVR has a Ford Transit that is kitted out as a demonstrator to show many of its products. Lightweight lift Currently in the final stages of testing is a mainly aluminium lift, which to complement its slightly narrower space claim offers a 70kg weight saving over some other models. It is expected to be available later this year. “The aluminium lift will not be offered in all configurations. Instead, we’ll pick out where it will work best,” says Paul. He adds that in addition to the alreadydeveloped inboard variant, FVR is looking at an outboard version as well. Its existing lift for use in accessible Tim Deakin Editor


miniplus June issue 31
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