Not only is eibe’s presence in the UK continuing to grow rapidly, but our Global Branding is increasing also, as we continue to stress the importance of active play amongst young children around the world.
In Europe, we have completed several key projects in recent weeks. Across the channel and into Southern France, we have teamed up with ESEAN, a children’s health facility for follow-up care and rehabilitation. Our partner in France, Mobiplay, created a colourful playground in collaboration with the care team and the occupational therapists. Children can now enjoy play structures that are specially adapted for them, including a fantallica integration carousel, an inclusive fantallica swing and a playo Condor Swing with bird's nest.
In Denmark, we helped another good cause in Copenhagen with the introduction of another fantallica carousel in a special needs school, allowing multi-users to enjoy rotational fun together.
In the capital of Spain, Madrid, we installed our flagship Santa Maria, a stand out product from our extensive themed portfolio. Working in conjunction with our Spanish partner, Proelium, the school in Montecarmelo will now be able to entertain its 2,000 pupils in grand style!
Elsewhere, in Eastern Europe, our partner from Hungary, Mindigfa, has installed a wonderful mix of eibe play units in the nation’s capital, Budapest. Highlights of the playground include the minimondo cheese slide, an Icarus double swing, the Cha-Cha-Cha wobbly bridge and the ibondo Bali play unit – something for toddlers and teens alike.
Over in the Far East, our global message carries on spreading. Our partner in Japan, Elfe Design has helped Japan's first community-operated children's hospice for the families of children who are battling serious illnesses to establish a collection of small "houses". Each of them has its own function: there is a house of play, a house of craft etc. – adorned with a beautiful mixture of eibe brands, such as the jollyline tables, the Valentin chairs and Ina, the Switch'n'Role functional play item, as well as cabinets and wardrobes from eibelino and eduline.
Finally, in China, The Squirrel Park is the biggest pay-to-play playground located in the woods of Chengdu city, in Sichuan province. The whole park was officially opened before Christmas on National Day. The park attracted a massive 30,000 visitors and was conceived by our play partner, Play Journey. The playground features a superb water and sand play unit alongside other more traditional items.
Ben Eichinger, Export Manager at eibe:
“It doesn’t matter where in the world I travel to see the opening of another eibe playspace; it is just so heartening to see children of all nationalities and ethnicities enjoying our products. Encouraging children to get outside and be active, regardless of age and ability, has always been at the forefront of our company ethos and ‘Complete Inspiration’ pledge. We plan to install many more playgrounds in new and different countries throughout 2017 and beyond.”