Oostwoud was looking for new castors for its infant bed. The bed is 80 centimetres high and either 77 or 91 centimetres long, with a sleeping surface and a mechanical gas spring for pelvic elevation. Due to the bed’s adjustable features, the castors encounter a variety of different loads. The previous wheel solution couldn’t handle these effectively. “The wheel locks were unreliable. Even when they were on, the bed could roll if it got pushed from the side. This led to an unacceptable level of risk when transporting patients,” explains Oostwoud CEO Jaap Koster. As luck would have it, Oostwoud and Blickle had their booths right next to one another at a Düsseldorf trade show while the Dutch company was looking for a new partner. The wheel and castor specialist demonstrated its WAVE synthetic castors and some of its other products. Representatives from both companies exchanged information, and the requirements were clearly defined: reliability, durability, load capacity and wash-resistance. Oostwoud was impressed by the presentation that Blickle’s experts put on, and signed a contract with Blickle soon after.