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History of Life & Mobility

Jul 2019
Newton

Newton

After years of research and development, a completely new seating concept for wheelchairs called Newton is introduced. With Newton, Life & Mobility proves that it is an authority in seating and positioning.

Jul 2018
Specialty Center Kerkrade

Specialty Center Kerkrade

With the opening of the Specialty Center, Life & Mobility effectuates its ambition to offer high-quality, individual power wheelchair customisation.

Apr 2018
Life & Mobility France

Life & Mobility France

The French sales office is established in Lyon; an essential step towards providing better service and local support to our French customers.

Feb 2018
Life & Mobility Germany

Life & Mobility Germany

The German sales office is established in Berlin. It is a great base from which to service the German market.

Jun 2017
René Ploum will be the new CEO of the Life & Mobility Group

René Ploum will be the new CEO of the Life & Mobility Group

René Ploum is taking over the duties of the current management, which is formed by Henk Potappel and Eugène Jakubowski. With his experience, René Ploum will give substance to the continued international expansion of the Life & Mobility Group.

Apr 2017
Life & Mobility Group takes over all shares in Karma Europe

Life & Mobility Group takes over all shares in Karma Europe

Life & Mobility Group has reinforced its position by taking over all the shares in Karma Europe. René Ploum, the current owner of Karma Europe, will participate in the Life & Mobility Group as a shareholder and is also being appointed to the Board of Directors.

Sep 2015
Power assists

Power assists

With the @Ease and @Work, Life & Mobility adds power assists to its product range. The assists fit all our manual wheelchairs.

Jul 2015
Power wheelchairs

Power wheelchairs

Karma power wheelchairs are added to our product range under the slogan “mobility with power”.

Jan 2015
Market leader

Market leader

Life & Mobility ranks among the five major European players in its market. The group has agencies and dealers in a large number of Western European countries. The reputation for innovation, market orientation and customer focus offers good prospects for further growth.

Aug 2014
Mezzo / Primo / Vivo

Mezzo / Primo / Vivo

The introduction of these three new models results in a wide range of mobility scooters that offers plenty of choice for different user groups.

Jun 2013
Match

Match

A unique chassis specifically designed for use in combination with seating orthoses.

Jul 2012
Kelvin

Kelvin

The Kelvin seating element is introduced in collaboration with Quattron. Aimed specifically at passive users who need extra support, the Kelvin is a good addition to the Matrixx seating system.

Jan 2011
Quattron Techniek

Quattron Techniek

Quattron Techniek in Ridderkerk is part of the Life & Mobility Group. This is a logical consequence of the collaboration that has been intensifying for many years.

Aug 2010
Revab and Revatak make way for Life & Mobility

Revab and Revatak make way for Life & Mobility

With the move of Revatak to Doetinchem, the merger is complete. This is a good time to continue the joint activities under the name that reflects the essence of the organisation. Revab and Revatak are disappearing and making way for Life & Mobility.

Aug 2010
New premises

New premises

In addition to a modern office environment, the head office in Doetinchem also offers a better showroom with more training facilities.

Jan 2010
Establishment of Life & Mobility Development BV

Establishment of Life & Mobility Development BV

Establishment of Life & Mobility Development BV: the internal ‘development power house’. The unit operates as an independent company and works for all Life & Mobility activities in the group.

Jan 2009
Revatak to be part of the Life & Mobility Group

Revatak to be part of the Life & Mobility Group

Revatak BV, the leading manufacturer of mobility scooters, is to be part of the Life & Mobility Group. With the expanded range, Life & Mobility can serve the market even better and the organisation can profit from the exchange of technical know-how.

Nov 2007
Introduction of Axxion

Introduction of Axxion

Introduction of Axxion, the first wheelchair with electrical auxiliary drive. This allows the wheelchair to move much more comfortably. Life & Mobility Holding is being established to prepare the organisation for the future.

Jan 2007
Life & Mobility Belgium BV is being established

Life & Mobility Belgium BV is being established

Life & Mobility Belgium BV is being established to facilitate maximum response to the specific demand in the Belgium market.

Jan 2006
Takeover of Barry Emons Revalidatietechniek

Takeover of Barry Emons Revalidatietechniek

Takeover of Barry Emons Revalidatietechniek This will expand the range to include quality lines focusing on children.

Jun 2005
Management buy-out by the Revab managers at the time

Management buy-out by the Revab managers at the time

Management buy-out by the Revab managers at the time. Alongside the majority interest of Eugène Jakubowski and Henk Potappel, ABN AMRO is taking a 40% interest in the company. For the time being, the brand name ‘ Revab’ will be used.

Jan 2000
Canto

Canto

The Canto, a tilt-in-space wheelchair, further completes the product range.

Jan 1998
Introduction of the Matrixx seating system

Introduction of the Matrixx seating system

Introduction of the Matrixx seating system, allowing a wheelchair to be adapted easily time and again to the changing needs of the individual user. As a result, not only is there more comfort, but the technical and economic life spans are significantly longer.

Jan 1996
Introduction of the Roxx

Introduction of the Roxx

Introduction of the Roxx: the first wheelchair to be delivered as a modular system. Thanks to a frame that is adjustable in width, height and depth, this chair can be quickly and easily adapted to the individual user. The result is more comfort, considerable cost benefits and good conformity with sustainability criteria.

Jan 1952
Establishment of Revab

Establishment of Revab

The year of the establishment of Revab. This same year, Revab is the first in the Netherlands to introduce high-quality manual wheelchairs, which can be adjusted to the individual user.