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Bristol-based Smartbox acquires German assistive technology company

Dougal Hawes - MD Smartbox

Smartbox Assistive Technology has announced that the firm has acquired REHAVISTA, one of the largest suppliers of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) solutions in Germany.

The acquisition will bring together the expertise of more than 250 clinicians, educators and assistive technology specialists.

Working together, REHAVISTA will have direct impact on the development of Smartbox’s assistive technology products built on the Grid AAC platform. Like Smartbox, REHAVISTA has been helping people with complex communication and access needs to live more independently for over 15 years. In joining forces and sharing knowledge, ideas and expertise, both businesses feel they can better serve AAC customers and influence greater awareness and understanding of AAC around the world.

Operationally, REHAVISTA will continue to be its own company, retaining its current leadership, structure and brand, serving customers throughout Germany. Smartbox will carry on operating as it does now, working hard to develop products that help people communicate and live more independently by utilising the latest advances in technology.

Dougal Hawes, Managing Director of Smartbox Assistive Technology commented: “We are thrilled to now be working so closely with our REHAVISTA colleagues and although we recently welcomed them as one of our Global Partners, this closer relationship means we can deliver much more together.

“With their wealth of clinical knowledge and insight and our commitment to research, development and customer care, our customers are receiving the very best AAC support and products. We are here to help people have a voice and greater independence. We now have the opportunity to learn from each other and achieve more for the people our organisations exist to serve.”

Juergen Kohl, CEO of REHAVISTA commented: “The REHAVISTA family has been searching for a partner to develop itself and the German AAC market for a few years. The Smartbox and CareTech family welcomed us and quickly showed us how agile and responsive they are. It became clear as our partnership developed how close our cultures were and their importance to both teams. We are extremely positive that over the coming years we will be able to develop and adapt new products and services within the German market; to serve our clients and help them prosper and participate in society.”

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