batec mobility batec handbikes

batec mobility batec handbikes

The history of Batec Mobility is closely linked to its founder, Pau Bach. In 1997 Pau was involved in a traffic accident that left him quadriplegic. He was eighteen years old and had, up until then, led a very active life. A passionate lover of motorbikes and cycling, he was in his first year of industrial design, which he had chosen because he wanted to become a vehicle designer. In addition to the after-effects of the injury itself, Pau had to struggle with an offer of technical and orthopaedic aids that did not fulfil his expectations, either in terms of mobility or in terms of lifestyle.

Frustrated with the situation, he decided to start manufacturing by hand his own mobility solutions: add-on handbikes that could be connected to his wheelchair and which incorporated technology from cycling and electric vehicles. Thanks to his inventions, Pau was able to enjoy a new kind of mobility that allowed him to practise sports, travel and get around autonomously. In doing so, he was able to engage in the normal life of a twenty-something year old.

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At the age of 27, he went one step further – he decided to improve the life of others in his situation, by making the prototypes of his handbikes into viable, sellable products. That is how Batec Mobility was created in 2006.

The first years of the company were invested in developing the final add-on handbikes and legalising them. To survive during that time and to finance the costs involved in the development of the products, the company started distributing high range products for disabled people, on an exclusive basis for Spain. This allowed Batec Mobility to form a distribution network through orthopaedic stores, which currently covers the entire Spanish territory.

In 2008, its own brand was launched to market, then called Batec Handbikes. The range comprised two models of handbikes that could be connected to wheelchairs: a manual model (Batec M-handbike) and an electric model (Batec E-handbike). 

 

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Clients were very satisfied with the results. From 2008 and 2010, Batec witnessed the demand for the Batec handbikes grow exponentially, and the brand firmly established itself. In 2012 the company adopted the name Batec Mobility as the company's sole trading name and unique brand.

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Since its foundation, the company has been awarded several prizes, including the Award for Best Business Social Responsibility (Awards to Best Business Initiatives, of Diputació de Barcelona, 2010), the Award from the Chamber of Commerce of Terrassa in the category of Corporate Social Responsibility (Awards from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Terrassa 2011), the Somos Conciliadores Award (Somos Empresa Awards from Banco Popular, El País and Cadena Ser, 2015) and the 2015 Seres Award from the Seres Foundation. Furthermore, Batec Mobility was chosen as one of Spain's most promising social enterprises in the 2012 edition of the Momentum Project (Esade, BBVA and PWC). In 2014 Pau Bach was one of the finalists to the Young Entrepreneur of Catalonia Award that gives the Association of Young Entrepreneurs of Catalonia (Aijec). And, in 2016 Pau Bach was one of the three winners to Relevant Young Award from the Círculo Ecuestre.

 

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