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A UK Company seeks manufacturing partners to produce and/or market an innovative new buggy stabilising system via licensing/manufacturing agreements.

Country of origin:
Country: 
UNITED KINGDOM
Opportunity:
External Id: 
TRUK20201203001
Published
03/12/2020
Last update
15/12/2020
Expiration date
16/12/2021

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Apparatus Engineering
Other consumer products
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Summary

Summary: 
A UK Company based in the North East has developed and trialled a device to prevent children’s buggies from tipping over when bags etc. are hung from the handles. The device is fixed to the rear legs of the buggy and can be swung upwards and folded out of the way when not needed. The company seeks manufacturing partners and licensing/manufacturing agreements in China, the USA and Europe however they would not rule out interest from other countries.

Description

Description: 

The company is based in North East England and is privately owned and managed. It has extensive experience in the charity education and caring sectors looking after children and families – and has seen first-hand the falls and other accidents that happen to children from buggies and pushchairs. In fact, research has shown over a 21-year period, over 360,000 children were injured in accidents involving buggies in the USA alone; this device resolves that problem.

The device has been developed directly from that experience and prototype systems have been trialled with families with very positive feedback. These user trials have demonstrated that fitting a buggy assist device also improves the buggy’s manoeuvrability, making it easier to push around in busy and congested spaces.

The stabilising device consists of two arms, which are clipped to the rear legs of the buggy and provide the mechanical strength to support additional weight (bags, purses, shopping etc.) hung on the handles of the buggy by parents and carers. Between the arms of the device, an additional shelf is provided for bags etc. Busy parents can therefore use their buggies to carry extra shopping and bags with no risk of it falling over with the extra weight. When not needed, the arms of the buggy assist device swing upward to lie parallel to the buggy’s rear legs, so it only needs to be fitted to a buggy once.

The device can either be fitted during manufacture and assembly or as an aftermarket product and the company is interested to receive approaches and interest from companies that manufacture buggies or from companies that promote, distribute or sell buggies globally.

The company plans to design and develop other child safety related products and would like to see its chosen partners bring this system and future products to their markets.

The company’s intention is to offer a licensing/manufacturing agreement and market in key markets such as APAC, North America, MEA and Europe (including the UK). The company will consider a suitable global offer for all territories.

Technical Specification or Expertise Sought

Cooperation sought: 
Looking for partners capable of manufacturing the design under licence and marketing it to regional and global markets. A manufacturer of buggies or pram and buggy accessories would be ideal as they already have the necessary experience and resources to successfully market and manufacture the product. This would be either as a License Agreement or a Manufacturing Agreement

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Prototype available for demonstration

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
The company seeks a partner capable of manufacturing the design under licence and marketing it to regional and global markets. A manufacturer of buggies or pram and buggy accessories would be ideal as they already have the necessary experience and resources to successfully market and manufacture the product. This would be either as a License Agreement or a Manufacturing Agreement. Please note the company would also consider separate arrangements if a manufacturer has no direct contacts to the market.

Type and size

Cooperation task: 
SME 11-50,SME <10,251-500,SME 51-250,>500

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Image showing the Buggy Stabilising Device range

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Image showing the Buggy Stabilising Device not in use

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Image showing the Buggy Stabilising Device in use