Europe’s largest vehicle adaptation company opens new business premises in Sweden

13 November 2007

“Autoadapt’s engineering capabilities dedicated to human needs is a success story for disabled individuals as well as for the industry. We are witnessing the birth of a new industrial sector that will be Sweden’s newest export success.” Those were the words spoken by Göte Bernhardsson, governor of the Swedish region of Västra Götaland, at the grand opening of Autoadapt’s newly-built head office on Tuesday, November 13.

Autoadapt has combined product development, production and sales in the new 10 000 square-meter facility which is now Lerum Municipality’s largest workplace with over 90 employees.

Autoadapt has combined product development, production and sales in the new 10 000 square-meter facility which is now Lerum Municipality’s largest workplace with over 90 employees. 

 

Guests at the Grand Opening Ceremony participated in an interesting tour and presentation of activities in the new building. Participants were given the opportunity to see and test Autoadapt’s vehicle adaptation solutions for the elderly and disabled. 

West Swedish Autoadapt has combined product development, production and sales in the new 10 000 square-meter facility which is now Lerum Municipality’s largest workplace with over 90 employees. Lerum is located about 20 kilometers from Göteborg, Sweden’s second-largest city. 

County Govenor Göte Bernhardsson cuts the blue and yellow ribbon to open Autoadapt´s new business premises in Stenkullen, Sweden.

County Govenor Göte Bernhardsson cuts the blue and yellow ribbon to open Autoadapt´s new business premises in Stenkullen, Sweden. 

 

The company is in a powerful expansion phase and it is in the process of recruiting for several new positions”. Vice President and Director of Marketing and Sales, Mr Peter Wahlsten hopes that more people with disabilities will start working at the company.

“All of our customers are disabled and our facilities are built to be handicapped-accessible. At Autoadapt, a disability is considered a resource, not an obstacle,” says Peter Wahlsten. 

Production facilities, where great pains are taken to create a positive working environment, are equipped with the most modern machinery and production technology.

Production facilities, where great pains are taken to create a positive working environment, are equipped with the most modern machinery and production technology. 

 

During the past decade, Autoadapt has grown to be Europe’s largest supplier for “Adaptation of vehicles to the needs of the elderly and disabled”. Today, approximately 85% of production is exported to more than a hundred dealers in Europe, North America, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Australia and the South Pacific. 


Guests were treated to a light and sound show as the new products rolled out onto the “catwalk”.

Guests were treated to a light and sound show as the new products rolled out onto the “catwalk”.

 

The Grand Opening was one of the world’s largest industry meetings in its sector. More than a hundred foreign experts from several countries and regions including China, Australia, Saudi Arabia, the Philippines, The US, Russia, Europe and Scandinavia participated in two days’ seminars including an intense exchange of knowledge. 

Experts from more than 30 countries were assembled at Autoadapt to hear about development trends in vehicle adaptation.

Experts from more than 30 countries were assembled at Autoadapt to hear about development trends in vehicle adaptation.

 

“Clearly, the demand for innovative assistive devices is huge. For those with special needs as well as specialists in these fields, Autoadapt are front runners with innovative and unique solutions for disabled to use a car in a lot easier way than today,” says one of the participants, Michela Giberti, Managing Director for Kivi Allestimenti Speciali Mobility in Italy. 

In addition to various symposia, the Grand Opening featured an information show packed with a spectacular array of pictures, lights and sound featuring the unveiling of several new products. 

“We called the Grand Opening ‘Journey to the Future’ because Autoadapt points the way to the future for vehicle adaptation for the elderly and those with some type of functional disability,” concludes Autoadapt Marketing Manager Harald Freytag.