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Japanese distributors sought for Swedish foot files

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Household Goods & Appliances
Other medical/health related (not elsewhere classified)
Health and beauty aids
Specialised design activities
Other human health activities


A Swedish SME has designed and design right protected a collection of anatomical foot files; one traditional hand-held and one handsfree floor model. Both devices have been on the European market for some time, and the company now wants to expand to the Asian markets. As a first step towards this, they are seeking distributors in Japan.



A Swedish SME, active in the industrial design field, has, in cooperation with medical expertise, designed a series of anatomical foot files for removing calluses and dry skin from all parts of the foot.
One model is of the traditional hand-held type, although equipped with rounded abrasive surfaces, as well as an extra long easy-grip handle, for comfortable use.
The other one is an anatomically designed handsfree model, which is placed on the floor, and the user may either stand up or sit down while taking care of his/her feet. Also this model has rounded abrasive surfaces, designed for maximum access of all parts of the sole. A rubber ring at the bottom makes sure the device stands firmly on the floor.
The company is now ready for the Asian markets, and is at this stage, as a first step, looking for distributors in Japan. Hence, the collaboration sought is a distribution services agreement.

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The foot files are developed in cooperation with Swedish foot therapists. Both models have curved abrasive surfaces, for easy and comfortable access to all parts of the foot. The abrasive paper is replaceable in one simple operation. Compared to similar products on the market, the hand-held file is equipped with an extra long easy-grip handle. The design of the handsfree model allows you to sit or stand straight without bending, and use your hands for other activities, while taking care of your feet. The bottom rubber ring prevents the device from sliding away.

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Type of partner sought: Business Specific area of activity of the partner: Sales of foot-care articles Tasks to be performed: Distributor of the items


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