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9th April 2019, Paris

Walkies at JEC World

Bas Nijpels, sales engineer for Refitech, pictured at JEC World demonstrating the company’s carbon-fibre guide dog handle. © Inside CompositesPictured at JEC World 2019 in Paris, is Bas Nijpels, sales engineer for Refitech, demonstrating the company’s carbon-fibre guide dog handle which was initially produced for the Royal Dutch Guide Dog Foundation (KNGF).

The development was a finalist in the Sports and Heathcare category of this year’s JEC World Innovation Awards and has been designed to replace a guide dog handles constructed of metal tubing, offering a solution that weighs more than 50% less than the previous version.

“The solution offers more comfort to the guide dog as well as the owner,” Nijpels explained. “The lightweight handle stays in position above the dog’s back and is very easy for the owner to find and the new harness is a much better fit, allowing for improved communication and coordination between dog and owner, because the owner can better feel the movement of the dog and the dog can better sense signals from the owner. We are pleased to be now receiving orders for it from organisations outside The Netherlands.”

Refitech, based in Waalwijk, the Netherlands, specialises in engineering and producing industrial composite components for a variety of markets, including industrial automation, UAV systems, medical equipment and marine systems.

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