The current 3 directors of Van Raam
Manufacturer of special needs bikes
Unfortunately, Van Raam went bankrupt in 1983. In 1984 Van Raam was taken over by Piet Boezel. He started looking for new markets. Henk Kluver explains: "In the years that followed, we started looking for new markets. We made recumbent bicycles and also custom-made racing bicycles. Nice, but there was no real business in these. Then suddenly there came a request for a special bicycle: "An acquaintance of mine had a stroke, but wanted to keep on cycling. Despite the fact that it was difficult for him to keep his balance".
Kluver made a tricycle and from then on Van Raam started to focus on that. Director Ronald Ruesink says: "From the moment Van Raam started to concentrate on something as special as a tricycle, we really focused on that. The ordinary bicycle was not profitable enough. Because we weren't a Gazelle, but just a metal company with about eight men, we had to come up with something else".