Press Release

STENKULLEN, Sweden, 3 June 2013

Swedish Autoadapt acquires a 50 percent equity stake in British Unwin Safety Systems

The strategic partnership aims to further strengthen Autoadapt’s role as a world leading supplier of vehicle adaptation products as well as opening up new potential market segments. For Unwin Safety Systems the goal is to increase the export sales to several new markets.

Both companies operate within the mobility industry, in particular the vehicle adaptation industry and have long standing experience developing and producing aids for people with limited mobility. Today Autoadapt cooperates with several leading bus and car manufacturers globally, a market segment Autoadapt’s Executive Vice President Peter Wahlsten expects to increase with the addition of the Unwin Safety Systems products.

“This strategic partnership makes the perfect complement to our current product portfolio creating a huge potential in additional sales in the growing commercial transport sector. Additionally we’re expecting to see a growth in export sales by up to 30-40 percent within our world-wide dealer network.“, says Peter Wahlsten.

Both companies are world leading in their respective fields and complement each other with synergistic products as well as geographical presence.

“For us it’s a privilege to be a part of Unwin Safety Systems’ future and an exciting increased focus on export as well as new market segments”, Peter Wahlsten concludes.

“We’ve been courted by many suitors before Autoadapt approached us, but I wouldn’t dream of selling half of my life’s work and accomplishment to just anyone. With Autoadapt we do not only share the principles of safety and independence we share a passion. I’m very confident that Peter Wahlsten and Håkan Sandberg CEO of Autoadapt will help lead my legacy in the right direction”, says Norman Unwin, founder of Unwin Safety Systems.

About Unwin Safety Systems
Unwin Safety Systems was set up 50 years ago by Norman Unwin, who created the world’s first device to secure wheelchairs in vehicles. Over the years, the company has continued to grow and today all manufacturing, design and testing facilities are located in a modern factory in Somerset. Trusted across the world by passengers, their families, their carers and safety professionals, Unwin deliver crash tested solutions to maximise accessibility for all.
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About Autoadapt
Founded in 1996, Swedish Autoadapt is a leading manufacturer of vehicle adaptation solutions for people with limited mobility. Autoadapt offers many award-winning and safety-tested solutions, such as the Turny Evo seat lift and the Carony-system of transfer wheelchairs.

In addition to the owners Executive Vice President Peter Wahlsten and CEO Håkan Sandberg, Autoadapt is part-owned by Bruno Independent Living Aids and The Braun Corporation, leading manufacturers in the North American vehicle adaptation industry.
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For more information please contact:
Peter Wahlsten
Autoadapt Executive Vice President
Phone: +46 302-254 54

Håkan Sandberg
Autoadapt CEO
Phone: +46 302-254 50