|Björn Löfstedt, the founder of Index Braille, recieves the Special Medal for Enterprises 2019, by His Royal Highness Prince Carl Philip.|
|Björn Löfstedt, the founder of Index Braille, is awarded the Special Medal for Enterprises 2019, by the Royal Patriotic Society in Sweden.|
The medal is submitted by His Royal Highness Prince Carl Philip on May 15 at the House of Nobility in Stockholm.
|The establishment of Index Braille is closely linked to an incident in the family. When Björn was eight years old his mother become blind. He saw how tough it was for her to come back in the societity as a blind person. Already as a student in Master of Engineering in the late 1970's, Bjorn Löfstedt made a prototype braille typewriter with copy function. A couple of years later the product was ready and Index Braille was established. But the development did not go straight ahead. Today there are four high-tech products and the company is world-leading in its production of braille printers. The printers transform text from 150 languages to Braille. |
The revenue of the company is 50 Millions SEK, it has 15 employess and is exporting to more than 60 countries.
The fact that only a minority of the blind in the world is abled to read, the potential market is huge.
By the title "Literacy for all" Björn is developing the mission of the company. "For me it is obvious that blind persons should have the same opportunities as the sighted" he sas.
|"The key to success is to have a vision which you belive strongly in and stick to for a long period of time, says Björn Löfstedt.|
What makes me most proud is when I meet successful blind people who have used the Index printer during their studies and gained career - a job and a family".