Manual Wheelchair Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2012 to 2018

$3700 - Single Copy or $7400 - Web Posting | Report # SH24912312 | 365 Pages | 110 Tables and Figures | 2012

Manual Wheelchairs: Aging of the Population, Baby Boomers Reach Age 65, More Demand for Improved Lifestyle

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Manual Wheelchair
Standard Wheelchair
Lightweight Wheelchair
Wheelchair Seating And Positioning
Ultra Lightweight Custom Wheelchair
Transport Manual Wheelchair
Sports Racing Wheelchair
Custom Wheelchair
Customized Lightweight
Ultra Lightweight Wheelchairs
Folding Wheelchair
Wheelchair Market Forecasts
Wheelchair Lift Devices

Manual Wheelchair Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2012 to 2018


WinterGreen Research announces that it has a new study on Manual Wheelchair Market Shares and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2012-2018. The 2012 study has 365 pages, 110 tables and figures.

Reimbursement drives manual wheelchair markets. People pay for medical insurance and medical insurance pays for wheelchairs. The government provides people over age 65 with medical insurance in the US. New initiatives provide for universal healthcare coverage. In many parts of the developed world, there is complete medical coverage provided by the government, though working people tend to supplement government coverage with medical insurance.

As the population ages, people are more frail and need assistance for mobility. Hospital and homecare wheelchair technology is evolving to give people with disabilities more mobility. Mobility depends on a wheelchair that is fit to purpose. Are people going to move themselves? Are they going to be pushed around? Is the wheelchair used for sports? Many issues impact the choice of a wheelchair, including cost and reimbursement availability.

Markets are poised to create the ability for people to get more exercise and impact the healthcare delivery industry by encouraging mobility of people who were previously bed ridden. Wheelchairs impact care delivery, permitting the patient to control mobility for the rehabilitation efforts. Lightweight wheel chairs give patients the ability to control movement. Transport wheelchairs are used for moving patients from the bed to another place. Patients and family gain more control over the care delivery with the availability of transport wheelchairs. Care can be delivered in familiar settings.

Invacare is an industry leader in the market for manual wheelchairs, power wheelchairs, and home medical products. The leadership position is bolstered by the ability to offer quality products and an enviable distribution network. Invacare is very happy to take care of its distribution network, not competing with it by selling directly. Invacare is very good about supporting the dealers in every way, including helping with financing.

Invacare's manual wheelchairs are for use inside and outside the home, institutional settings, or public places. People who are chronically or temporarily disabled and require basic mobility can buy chairs with no frame modification. Invacare manual wheelchair lines include a range of light weight, ultra-lightweight, and sport product lines. These lines offer wheelchairs that accommodate diverse capabilities and unique needs of the individual from petite to bariatric sizes.

Invacare offers bundled wheelchair, respiratory, and patient care homecare products to the distribution network. This offering is positioned to have appeal to home medical equipment providers. Invacare has a very strong distribution network because of attention to bundling of best of breed products.

Invacare increased its lead in the wheelchair markets achieving 49% market share in 2011, increasing its share by several percent in the total market as a result of good marketing, execution of sales strategy, and growing revenue while there was a decline in the overall market size.

Sunrise Medical offers the extra lightweight and titanium wheelchairs Quickie 2. The Quickie 2 from Sunrise Medical has features and options. The folding chair has 64,000 configurations to customize the chair. It's versatility and well-established track record has made the Quickie 2 the premier choice of manual folding ultralight wheelchairs for over 25 years.

Standard wheelchair markets are forecast to grow modestly as new materials and more lightweight chairs increase efficiency in hospitals and nursing homes. Units are being manufactured more inexpensively in Asia, providing higher quality as less cost. Modular systems permit efficiencies of scale.

Manual wheelchair markets at $1.8 billion in 2011 are expected to reach $2.9 billion by 2018. Growth is expected to be a result of vendor achievement of marked improvements in the technology that provide patients and care givers with better wheelchairs. Improved efficiency is anticipated.

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Companies Profiled

Market Leaders
Drive Medical
Sunrise Medical
Graham Field
Market Participants
Aquila Corporation
Aspen Seating, Llc / Ride Designs
EASE Seating System
Graham-Field / Everest & Jennings
GeckoSystems International
Nissin / Colours Wheelchair
Nordic Capital Fund VII / Handicare
Otto Bock
Revolution Mobility
Siemens / Meyra
Whirlwind Wheelchair International
Selected Standard Wheelchair and Accessory Companies

Report Methodology

This is the 491st report in a series of market research reports that provide forecasts in communications, telecommunications, the internet, computer, software, and telephone equipment. The project leaders take direct responsibility for writing and preparing each report. They have significant experience preparing industry studies. Forecasts are based on primary research and proprietary data bases. Forecasts reflect analysis of the market trends in the segment and related segments. Unit and dollar shipments are analyzed through consideration of dollar volume of each market participation in the segment. Market share analysis includes conversations with key customers of products, industry segment leaders, marketing directors, distributors, leading market participants, and companies seeking to develop measurable market share. Over 200 in-depth interviews are conducted for each report with a broad range of key participants and opinion leaders in the market segment.

About the Company

WinterGreen Research, founded in 1985, provides strategic market assessments in telecommunications, communications equipment, health care, and advanced computer technology. Industry reports focus on opportunities that will expand existing markets or develop major new markets. The reports assess new product and service positioning strategies, new and evolving technologies, and technological impact on products, services, and markets. Market shares are provided. Leading market participants are profiled, and their marketing strategies, acquisitions, and strategic alliances are discussed. The principals of WinterGreen Research have been involved in analysis and forecasting of international business opportunities in telecommunications and advanced computer technology markets for over 30 years.

About the Principal Authors

Ellen T. Curtiss, Technical Director, co-founder of WinterGreen Research, conducts strategic and market assessments in technology-based industries. Previously she was a member of the staff of Arthur D. Little, Inc., for 23 years, most recently as Vice President of Arthur D. Little Decision Resources, specializing in strategic planning and market development services. She is a graduate of Boston University and the Program for Management Development at Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. She is the author of recent studies on worldwide telecommunications markets and the Top Ten Telecommunications market analysis and forecasts.

Susan Eustis, President, co-founder of WinterGreen Research, has done research in communications and computer markets and applications. She holds several patents in microcomputing and parallel processing. She is the author of recent studies of the Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) marketing strategies, Internet software, a study of Push to Talk Equipment, Worldwide Telecommunications Equipment, Top Ten Telecommunications, Digital Loop Carrier, Web Hosting, Business Process Management, Servers, Blades, the Mainframe as a Green Machine, and Application Server markets. Ms. Eustis is a graduate of Barnard College.

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