About BMA Ergonomics

About BMA Ergonomics

At the heart of ergonomics are human beings. But what does that mean for the development of an ergonomics office chair? In other words: How do we get ergonomics into an office chair? To understand this, we look back in time at the history of BMA Ergonomics. BMA Ergonomics started in 1988 as Biomechanisch Adviesbureau (now you know as well what the letters BMA stand for). After a few years in business, we concluded that only a few good ergonomic office chairs were on the market. The decision, to create our own office chairs, was a quick on! So that’s exactly what BMA Ergonomics did. They transformed themselves from a consultant to a designer and manufacturer of ergonomic office chairs.

In July 2015 BMA Ergonomics became part of Flokk, one of the leading manufacturers of office furniture in Northern and Western Europe.

About Flokk

Flokk is the market leader in design, development and production of workplace furniture in Europe. We are the proud owner of product brands HÅG, RH, BMA, Malmstolen, Offecct and RBM. About 600 employees work together to realize the vision of our company: Inspire great work.

The head office of Flokk is in Oslo (Norway), whereas production units are located in Røros (Norway), Zwolle (Netherlands) and Nässjö, Hunnebostrand and Tibro (Sweden). Flokk products are sold in more than 40 countries through own sales offices in Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, UK, France, Switzerland, UAE, Singapore, USA, China and Australia as well as through sales partners in the rest of the world. In 2016, sales amounted to approximately NOK 1.3 billion. The private equity company Triton has been the owner of Flokk since October 2014.

The knowledge within BMA Ergonomics: The Product Development Department

The design process takes part in the Product Development Department. Our specialists work out all technical details, such as the geometry, materials, manufacturing, assembly and disassembly of the product. During the design process we also rely on the visions and expertise of scientists, physicians, occupational health specialists and designers. Our office chairs are based on ergonomic principles that we can fully support.

Currently more than 900,000 people sit on an Axia office chair. The development and assembly of the Axia office chair takes place in our premises in Zwolle, Netherlands. Over time BMA has become a major market player and our products are sold via specialised reseller channels in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom. Our ambitions “cross borders” and look into the future.

For almost three decades, BMA Ergonomics is committed to improve your posture! Indeed, it is our mission! It is a continuous process that we deal with on a daily basis. To support this process we include scientific research and utilise the latest technologies like the Axia Smart Chair.

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The people behind BMA Ergonomics

Ergonomics is focussing on individuals. At BMA, we do it the same way. We are open and considerate towards our employees. It is important for us that our employees support what BMA stands for. A continuous process of knowledge and experience transfer, as well as teamwork, ensures that every employee feels well at home in their specialty to unlock their full potential.

The mission

“BMA Ergonomics has been working for decades to improve your seated posture at work. In fact, it is our mission. ”

As already established, BMA set out as a Biomechanical Consultancy in 1988. The realisation that there were only a few good ergonomics office chairs on the market, led to the development of the, already proven and successful, Axia office chair. The development of the Axia was based on the vision and expertise of scientists, physicians, occupational health specialists and designers.

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Ergonomics

Ergonomics is composed of the Greek words “ergon” (work) and “nomos” (law). Ergonomics is a science that deals with the laws of human labour. By taking into account all kinds of natural laws, working conditions can be modified and improved. Ergonomics aims to provide and improve mental and physical wellbeing in the workplace, so that optimum working results can be achieved.

Biomechanics

Biomechanics involves the physiological system (the blood flow in muscles) and the mechanics (the forces which are exerted on the muscles and the skeleton). Through biomechanics we get valuable insight into the resilience of the human postural and musculoskeletal system. Therefore, we also know that the human body is not made for continuous static load.

Let’s try a little experiment: Hold out your arms straight in front of you. You won’t be able to hold this much longer than two or three minutes. Then it will start to hurt. Through the tightening of the muscle, the blood flow is no longer optimal. There is now fresh blood to supply oxygen to your muscles. Waste substances are no longer removed and remain in the muscle tissue. This leads to overacidification of the muscle, which leads to a cramp like pain. This in itself is not so bad. Once you move your arm the pain will disappear. But that’s exactly what is not happening when work in front of a computer. We don’t move enough, remain in a static position and ignore the developing pain. In the long run this leads to general lack of motion. We are trying to protect ourselves from the pain by not moving. Thus, we are doing exactly the opposite of what is good for us.

Working in a static posture and lack of exercise lead to insufficient blood flow and nutrition of our muscles. This may lead to chronic pain in the lower back or neck and shoulder area or can cause hernias or osteoarthritis. Precisely these complaints are the main causes of absenteeism at work. The majority of those problems can be avoided or solved through more movement at the workplace and the use of ergonomic furniture.