Red Star Design Award

Darcor wins prestigious Chinese design award for revolutionary caster

November 30, 2011 (TORONTO, ON) – Cementing its position as a global leader in caster design and manufacturing, Darcor Limited has been awarded the prestigious 2011 Red Star Design Award in China for its revolutionary new caster, The Medic®.

The world’s first single-button triple function caster, The Medic® won the Excellence Prize for its unique and modern design, quality performance and competitive pricing.

Sponsored by the China Industrial Design Association and the Beijing Industrial Design Centre, the China Red Star Design Awards were created to recognize and encourage the quality and innovative design of products designed, manufactured or sold in China. In 2011, 5,268 products from more than 1,000 enterprises across the globe were submitted, but less than 5% of the products entered received a coveted Red Star.

“Using patented technology and cutting-edge design, we spent more than five years in research and development to create a caster that not only delivers unmatched performance, but is also extremely cost competitive,” says Darcor Director of Marketing Kirk Tobias. “We are thrilled and honoured to receive the prestigious China Red Star Design Award, which recognises the unique design aesthetic of The Medic®.”

Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Darcor exports its casters to some of the world’s leading medical, industrial and automotive companies across 20 countries. China is one of Darcor’s largest growing export markets.

“With its strong global economy and a powerful manufacturing sector driving economic growth, China is certainly a very significant growth market for us and sales have been growing steadily over the last five years,” says Tobias. “Receiving the internationally-acclaimed China Red Star Design Award will help us to better market The Medic® globally and further develop our operations in China.”

About The Medic®

The Medic is the product of more than five years of research and development, and features:

  • The best mobility – easier to start, roll and swivel than all category competitors
  • Aesthetically pleasing design – a colour-coded window shows the caster position (green for free swivel, yellow for swivel lock, red for total lock)
  • Neoprene wheels – which are softer than the wheels on competitor medical casters and are both quieter and able to clear obstacles and reject debris without difficulty
  • Improved braking – a typical cart with four Medic casters can hold 600 pounds of weight on a ten-degree incline
  • Hardened ball races – which prevent excessive wear and premature failure

The Medic® also exceeds the International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC) 60601 specifications for medical equipment. For more information on The Medic®, please visit

About Darcor Limited

Darcor is a global leader in ergonomically-designed, precision-manufactured and tested casters. For more than 75 years, Darcor has helped companies in every industry keep things rolling more easily, safely, quietly, and reliably. With its head office and manufacturing facility in Toronto, Ontario, Darcor exports its casters to top automotive, medical and industrial companies in 20 countries around the world.

Darcor casters are designed to deliver a load capacity of up to 40,000 lbs per caster, the lowest possible rolling forces and the ultimate in protection against overexertion injuries.  Darcor casters and wheels are the best in the world—based on unbiased and quantifiable testing against competitors—at meeting four fundamental criteria: movement, noise reduction, longevity and applicability. For more information, visit

For more information, please contact:

Liz Christiansen
Paradigm Public Relations

Darcor Casters and Wheels
The Medic®

For more information

call 416-255-8563 or

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