In the early 90s, the engineer Ton Grahmbeek was asked by SBBS, the (then) Dutch organisation for the blind, to devise a standard for tactile guiding solutions. What prompted this was the great diversity of guiding strips and markings in use, which created uncertainty for many blind and visually impaired people about the route to be followed.
Based on discussions with users and especially by observing them walking with the cane, Ton developed a guiding strip based on optimal stimulation of the senses of touch, (residual) vision and hearing.
To test his findings in practice, Ton laid out a number of tactile guideways himself. He used a two-component epoxy resin for this. This material had not previously been used for this particular application but quickly proved to be a high quality alternative to the materials that were in common use at that time.
Thus, what began 25 years ago with a research study resulted in a company that has grown rapidly in recent years. TG Lining can now call itself a market leader in the Benelux and has a dedicated team of project managers and installers. Since 2012, work is being done from a new and modern building in Heiloo which is equipped for further expansion.