Vipamat offers innovatively designed products, allowing disabled children and adults to access new horizons in terms of activities.
Vipamat products provide comfort, accessibility, and ergonomics to users in order to facilitate their use while remaining attentive to the product’s life expectancy. Beach wheelchair and all terrain wheelchair Hippocampe is one of the market leaders.
Vipamat in USA
Our office in North America is in Houston. Present at numerous exhibitions show in US, Vipamat is attentive it its clients’ needs and remarks.
Made inFrance / CE
Since 2002, Vipamat made in France and sell wheelchair for disabled person all over the word.
In 1996, Patrice Faucogney, a career soldier and sports enthusiast, ended up paraplegic after a snowboarding accident.
After several stays in hospitals and physical therapy centers, Patrice arrived at Ploemeur’s Kerpape physical therapy center in Morbihan where he met an orthopaedic prosthetist, and then during treatments outside the centre with Vincent Leroy, physical therapist. Through such activities as kayaking, catamaran sailing, or simply swimming and diving, he realized how difficult it was to access such nautical activities. Together, they decided to develop a wheelchair providing access to beaches and swimming, allowing the user to be autonomous over difficult terrain, easily disassembled, with small overall dimensions for easy storage in a vehicle or boat, and highly robust.
After 2 years of research and development, the company Vipamat (from VIncent PAtrice MAThieu) is created to manufacture and market the “Hippocampe” and the first employee hired. The Hippocampe and its designer received numerous awards.
« Adapted sports activities became difficult to access alone, without any help. I wanted to remove the maximum of constraints to be active. That’s why we created Vipamat ! »
Patrice Faucogney, Vipamat Co-founder
Creation of Vipamat (from VIncent PAtrice MAThieu) which will manufacture and sell the wheelchair. Designers received their first prizes which will manufacture and market the Hippocampe wheelchair. That same year, the Hippocampe wheelchair and its designers received their first prizes: Lépine competition Lorient invention fair.
In 2003, wheelchair Hippocampe received numerous french awards: Competition at the International Invention Salon in Paris - Gold Medal - Lépine Masters 2003 for business creation 2003 Observeur Design Award from the Agence pour la Promotion de la Création Industrielle Paris, France Anvar Award from the Ministry of Innovation
Development of the Hippocampe pool wheelchair allowing easy access to community swimming pools, access to changing rooms, toilets, showers ... Gold Medal at the Lépine Competition at the European Exhibition for Invention of CHARLEROI (Belgium). NF Quality Label Approval for Hippocampe wheelchairs.
Vipamat manufactures the 3000th Hippocampe wheelchair
To meet the demand of many customers, Vipamat focuses on R&D to design a Hippocampe Marathon which can be used for your races and other sporting challenges.