Winter sports technology specialist Bromley Technologies has won a contract to design and manufacture skeleton bobsleighs for Paralympic competitors.
The Advanced Manufacturing Park business is joining forces with the Swiss-based International Skeleton & Bobsleigh Federation (ISBF) to develop the first generation of the new sleds.
AMP Technology Centre–based Bromley has been making skeleton bobsleighs for more than 12 years.
Its sleds have been used successfully by Olympic medallist and Skeleton World Cup Champion Shelley Rudman and company co-founder, Kristan Bromley, the first man to win the Skeleton Bob World and European Championships and World Cup in the same season.
Bromley Technologies’ co founder and director Richard Bromley said: “This is a big challenge and opportunity for us to be part of this pioneering stage. We pride ourselves on developing innovative performance equipment with a strong customer support ethos, and we are looking forward to extending this ethos into the Paralympic sports with the ISBF.”
Bromley Techologies says its latest success follows two years of growth in a difficult economic climate.
The company supplies skeleton sleds and runners to athletes from 23 nations, including Canada, and recently completed a large international contract to simulate skeleton sleds travelling down tracks at up to 90mph.
Kristan Bromley, who has a PhD in materials engineering and is a visiting professor at Sheffield Hallam University, said: “We believe our success is down to maintaining a focus on finding a competitive edge through innovation, whilst pursuing a focused and streamlined business plan.
“The Bromley brand has a growing presence within the action sports world and currently exports over 95 per cent of its business.
“As a company we’re in the final stages of developing a new snow sport product that will see Bromley enter the mainstream action sport markets.”