An entrepreneur from North East England is nearing the realisation of long term ambition to develop an innovative electric golf trolley.
Ian Taylor from Westerhope, Newcastle, has worked tirelessly on his dream over the past 10 years to develop a new kind of lightweight and compact trolley. With its battery housed with the frame, a special one action ‘shotgun locking mechanism’ allows the trolley to be levered upright within seconds and giving amateurs and experienced players alike more time at the first tee to beat pre-match nerves.
Designed in the North East of England, the ‘Procaddie RX 1’ trolley will be available for sale before the 2016 season and will be launched at the USPGA Golf Show in Orlando, Florida, later this month.
At first glance, the compact RX 1 appears to be a high-end push trolley but is driven at the touch of a button by powerful internal motors and a battery that can easily be removed and replaced for charging. Locked in place by the folding arm, the trolley comes equipped with as USB charging port and battery packs in a choice of 18, 27 or 36 holes.
An engineer by trade, Ian had been working in Spain but returned to the North East in 2013 to finish the trolley and develop links within the golfing industry. His first professionally designed prototype was part funded by business and innovation company, RTC North, through its ‘Design for Growth’ programme – a project launched to help companies to create better designed products and take them from concept to reality.
Ian explained: “After a long time on the drawing board and hours and hours of testing my batteries, wheels, handles on golf courses across the North East, the last three years has been a whirlwind. The support from RTC and its networks has brought my idea to life and put me in contact with people who have helped make this happen. At the same time, I have created something that has attracted immense interest from leading figures and personalities in the world of golf.”
In 2013 Ian was introduced to Owen Ingram, founder and owner of Prudhoe company Global Manufacturing Supplies LTD - a business specialising in sourcing high quality components from China. A golfer himself, Owen loved the concept, and bought in to the business using his knowledge of engineering and Chinese suppliers to deliver the components needed. “Owen has brought so much engineering know-how and energy to this project and the finished product is far beyond what I thought I could have achieved on my own.”
With Owen on board, Ian has already taken on new partners to drive forward new product ideas for 2016. Alan Henderson, owner of North East Based company, Irridian Electronics, along with Bishop Auckland product design company Bigto have teamed up with Procaddie Ltd to drive forward design and digital innovation of its RX trolley range.
RTC North was founded in 1989 with the sole purpose of helping businesses innovate and create new higher value products. Today the business operates out of offices in Sunderland, Gateshead, Leeds and Daresbury and specialises in helping companies develop new products, embed new skills through training and access funding for innovation.
For 2016, RTC has launched a new programme called ‘Designing Better Business’ which will provide support for north east businesses looking to continue to innovate and design better world leading products. ‘Designing Better Business’ is part funded by European Regional Development Fund.Jan 11, 2016