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Extruded Products designs a Handcycle Box for Para-cyclist, Liz McTernan

Liz McTernan, a world ranked para-cyclist, approached Extruded Products, Gloucester in need of a solution to transport her handcycle.

The Challenge:

Liz McTernan, an Olympian medalist and world ranked para-cyclist, approached Extruded Products, Gloucester in need of a solution to transport her handcycle. Competing across the globe and frequently making plane and train journeys, Liz was in need of a packaging solution that would protect her hand-cycle. In the past, she had used a bag for transportation but this resulted in damages to her handcycle which consequently required frequent repairs and replacements.

Our Approach:

Aidan Newby, a designer at the Gloucester site, designed a hand-cycle box made of Correx® (corrugated plastic) similar to the bike boxes that proved a huge success in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The handcycle box was customised to fit the specific dimensions of Liz’s bike and her car for travel.

The design also incorporated handles for ease of use, and internal tags for strapping the bike securely in the box. Vinyl labels were also included to present a disabled sign, a ‘this way up’ and ‘fragile’ sign, along with the DS Smith logo.

Results:

The team at DS Smith Plastics-Gloucester were able to offer a durable and lightweight solution for Liz, which provides optimal protection for her handcycle during transit, improves ease of handling, and offers a more aesthetically pleasing solution.

By providing custom solutions to customers we ensure that our brand recognition remains positive and promotes a healthy business/customer relationship.