Rizov Floats combines history with modern tech at EFTTEX
Visitors to the Rizov Floats booth at EFTTEX were able to take a nostalgic look into the past of the long-established Bulgarian manufacturer.
The company, a first-time exhibitor, was started in the Seventies by the grandfather of current owner Peter Rizov, who took samples of its first products to the show.
Before technology came to dominate the industry, those early floats were lovingly crafted from wood and painted by hand.
The prized family heirlooms are in stark contrast to the company’s latest creations, unveiled during the show and made from a new material called rohacell.
“This is like a very hard foam and is perfect for float-making,” Rizov told Angling International in between appointments with buyers. “Balsa floats have been most popular with our customers up until now, but rohacell is the material of the future for us.”
Another new introduction this year is a patented nickel and titanium flexible float stem described as ‘unbreakable’. At least one big company is in talks with Rizov as a result of seeing the innovation at the show.
Rizov relaunched the third generation family business in 2001 by restoring the factory in Dobrich, updating machinery and improving processes. One of the most striking qualities of its products are the vibrant colour finishes, but Rizov wasn’t about to go into detail. “The way we achieve that is a big secret,” he smiled.