Stories behind eFOLDi

Life is full of surprises around the corners, some are more pleasant than others.

eFOLDi is a fortunate u-turn, of two unfortunate events in the lives of my Dad and I.

From the bottom of our hearts, we hope eFOLDi will bring the gift of mobility and joy to families who need it!

My name is Sumi Wang and I am the managing director of Suntech UK.  SunTech UK is a specialist company determined to bring innovatively designed products to UK customers, to improve convenience, efficiency, enjoyment and the quality of people’s lives.

eFOLDi is the first of many products to be designed and made for the emerging market and beyond.


eFOLDi is the brainchild of my father Jianmin Wang. Like most fathers, he is definitely my hero and the greatest man I know. In English you would call eccentric and I’m not trying to boast when I say he is a genius.

 

3 years ago , my dad broke his leg, instead of complaining to anyone, he sketched up his own transport, eFOLDi, which gave him freedom, pride and most importantly, fun! Like all the best ideas, it wasn’t supposed to change the world, it was supposed to solve a problem and it did. Simply by creating a device capable of helping him get round, my dad had created a great breakthrough in personal travel since someone said… “hey, why don’t we make these wheel things round…”

He worked as the chief Engineer for China’s National Acrobatic Troupe for over 20 years and his ideas and creations have already brought joy to millions of people. His designs of performance and stage props have won many international circus competitions and awards and he has taken the traditional disciplines of Diabolo, Hoop Diving, Pole Climbing and Bicycle Riding in unimagined directions.

 

When he’s not trying to defy gravity or work out how to make a bicycle that can work upside down, he enjoys creating unique artwork, crazy magic tricks or musical instruments. Some people call that “invention”, but for my father, it’s just how he lives. His motto is “never mind the best, be the only”!

My father is getting older now and his memory is not what it was, but he still has great ideas and loves coming up with new inventions and despite the fact he has already given the world so much, I would like eFOLDi to be his legacy.

 

Well, compared with my father, I am probably quite boring. But, at least, my mother would say, I’m normal! And I’m really grateful to be normal, especially after my illness…

 

I became ill in 2013 and was forced to reassess my life and my priorities. I had no choice but to put my fascinating career in London on hold. Two years of Hospital visits and surgery followed. It was an extremely difficult time for me, but I used the time to reflect and decided to change my life. Fortunately, after a series of operations and treatment I have made a full recovery and I am now ready to meet my destiny!

Before I fell ill, I had 15 years experience in a wide range if fields from engineering, through technology transfer and business development to project management. Organisations I have worked for include ICUK programme based in Queen Mary, University of London; Black & Veatch; COSCO in China and Novozymes / Novo Nordisk in Denmark.

 

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