VMI to Distribute Mobility Networks Products

Vantage Mobility International (VMI) has signed an agreement to become the exclusive North American distributor of Mobility Networks systems and accessories for wheelchair-accessible vehicles.

Mobility Networks, based in the United Kingdom, manufactures a wide range of products for privately owned and commercial vehicles. The company’s portfolio includes ramps, lifts, accessible vehicle conversion kits, steps, seats and flooring.

A Sept. 3 news announcement said VMI chose to partner with Mobility Networks “for its dedication to enhancing the customer experience through innovation, reliability and safety. From an integrated diagnostic troubleshooting system for greater reliability to lift products with security measures including a self-leveling and anti-drift mechanism, Mobility Networks has put great emphasis on product designs to create benefits that customers can enjoy for years to come.”

Customers buying VMI accessible vehicles shipped from VMI’s factory locations in Tucker, Ga., and Clarkston, Mich., will be able to order Mobility Networks products and get them installed as part of the vehicle-purchasing process.

Mark Shaughnessy, VMI’s CEO, said of the new agreement, “Installing Mobility Networks’ products on VMI vehicles ensures that we are giving our customers the best and safest products on the market that fit their unique needs to achieve greater independence. This exclusive arrangement with Mobility Networks will also simplify our product line, enabling VMI and our authorized dealers to maintain an inventory of ready parts for efficient installation, service and repair.”

Wayne Harmer, Mobility Networks’ CEO, said, “The Mobility Networks team is truly excited about entering and serving the North American market with VMI, a trusted and established partner within the vehicle accessibility market. Both parties share a common and closely aligned purpose, and we believe that this partnership will strengthen our goals of empowering lives and promoting inclusivity for all.”

Thanks to Mobility Networks’ use of common components throughout its product lines, VMI estimated a 69-percent reduction of required inventory parts for its dealer network, which will enable dealers to provide faster service turnaround times to accessible vehicle customers.

About the Author

Laurie Watanabe is the editor of Mobility Management. She can be reached at lwatanabe@1105media.com.

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