Assembly of tricycles in the bicycle factory Van Raam (source: de Gelderlander/ theo kock persfotografie)
Special needs bike from factory Van Raam
Van Raam started manufacturing bicycle frames for other bicycle brands in Amsterdam about a hundred years ago. When that building was put on the nomination list for demolition, the company moved to Aalten.
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Van Raam is now based in Varsseveld and has been producing special needs bicycles for more than 30 years, which was a coincidence. Sales and marketing manager Marnix Kwant explains to the Gelderlander: "It was the time, in the 1970s and 1980s, that it became cheaper and cheaper to produce frames abroad. Around that time, an acquaintance of the then director asked if he could build a tricycle for him. The acquaintance had had a brain haemorrhage and could no longer ride a normal bicycle.
In the meantime, Van Raam has become the world market leader in the field of special needs bicycles. On an area of 13,500 square metres, nothing is produced in stock and each bicycle is made individually. With approximately 160 permanent employees, Van Raam makes Dutch quality bicycles, mainly for adults and children with a disability or for people who are looking for more safety and stability during cycling.
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