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Invalifts was formed in 2000 to meet the needs of many different user groups. The Disability Discrimination Act (later revised by the Equality Act) had come into force, which created a requirement for building owners to provide suitable disability access in public buildings.
The main product that dealt with this obligation was the platform lift. Platform lifts were designed with the less able in mind, with controls at wheelchair level and a slow speed not exceeding 0.15m/s. As the platform lifts were travelling at a slow speed and did not have a fully enclosed cabin they were regulated by the Machinery Directive and not the Lift Directive. Invalifts researched manufacturers of platform lifts and it became apparent that the market had extremes in quality and value for money. It was decided that Invalifts wanted to provide premier products that gave the end user the reliability that was needed on this type of access product.