Wheelchair and Components Market

Global Market Study on Wheelchairs and Components: Rapid Technological Advancements in Wheelchairs Shaping Market Expansion

Wheelchair and Components Market Segmented By Manual Wheelchairs Powered, Wheelchairs Powered, Scooters as Wheelchairs and Hand Rims & Wheel Rims, Frames as Wheelchair Components with Standard Transport Wheelchairs, Self-propelled Wheelchairs, Sports Wheelchairs, Standing Wheelchairs, Recliners Wheelchairs, Bariatric Wheelchairs, Lightweight Wheelchairs Modality

  • March-2021
  • PMRREP12961
  • 339 Pages
  • Healthcare

About the Report

There has been considerable rise in the prevalence of spinal cord injuries and related disabilities, largely due to a rapidly growing aged population across geographies. Older generations are likely to suffer from growing-age mobility disorders, and hence, are considered as the major target population for wheelchairs and components. Currently, around 250 million people across the world encounter moderate to extreme mobility issues, according to a study released by the United Nations.

Additionally, in recent years, a large number of products that have been launched in the market that focus on technological advancements also promises to lead to lucrative sales growth for wheelchairs and related components over the coming years. For instance, in September 2018, Pride Mobility Products Corp. launched the Q6 Edge 2.0 powered wheelchair, which offers a seating system to users.

In its new study, Persistence Market Research offers insights about key factors driving demand for wheelchairs and components. The latest edition builds on the previous widely cited report, and tracks global sales of wheelchairs and components in 20+ high-growth markets, along with analyzing the impact COVID-19 has had on the healthcare industry in general, and wheelchairs and their related components in particular. The study also has expands on the previous competitive landscape section, and readers will get to know the key strategies of established players as well as new entrants in this space.

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  • Invacare Corporation
  • Sunrise Medical Inc.
  • Permobil AB
  • Ottobock Healthcare GmbH
  • 21st Century Scientific Inc.
  • Meyra Wilhelm Meyer GmbH & Co. KG
  • Pride Mobility Products Corp.
  • Hoveround Corp.
  • Panthera AB
  • Tetra Equipment
  • Custom Engineered Wheels
  • The Wheelchair Place, LLC
  • Alber (Frank Mobility)
  • Intelliwheels

Historical Vs Future Market Outlook Comparison

Earlier, there were limited options available in wheelchairs and their components. However, ever-increasing demand and rapid technological advancements have resulted in the introduction of various new products in the market.

Emergence of new products that offer features that are more convenient and user-friendly are leading the market toward significant growth. Although the current scenario indicates that sales of manual wheelchairs are high, prominent developments have taken place in powered wheelchairs in recent years. This is expected to lead the target population shift toward powered wheelchairs over the coming years.

  • For instance, R-net Bluetooth Mouse Module and R-net Bluetooth i Device Module created by wheelchair manufacturer Permobil AB enable users to attach their wheelchairs to iPads, iPhones, iPods, Androids, and computers.

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According to Persistence Market Research’s analysis, the wheelchair and components market expanded at 3.4% CAGR from 2015 and 2019.

The COVID-19 crisis did not only have an adverse impact on the healthcare industry, but the medical device industry was also severely hit. A major factors that had a negative impact on the market was severe disruption of supply chains. Global supply chains are now more linked. While most capital purchases and amount of medical devices will decrease in the near term, there may still be a shortage of supplies of related items (such as hand rims, frames, and other wheelchair components). It has been found that, more than 90% of the world's annual exports of medical devices come from countries that are now under some form of quarantine.

In order to overcome the crisis, businesses should consider prioritizing and scaling new digital capabilities quickly (such as webinars with key opinion leaders, online professional education, customer service representatives, and conferences for professional industry associations). Nevertheless, with many economies returning to normalcy, sales of wheelchairs and components are expected to experience normal growth going forward.

Persistence Market Research expects the global wheelchair and components market to expand at almost 4% CAGR through 2030.

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How Will Increasing Healthcare Investments Focused on Geriatric Population Impact the Market?

Rising geriatric population is contributing to an increasing need for healthcare expenditure to address their unmet needs and improve quality of life. One of the largest expenses for seniors is healthcare. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Health, expenditure by its 35 member countries could grow to 14% of the gross domestic product by 2060 (up from 9.5 percent in 2010). Growing investments are expected to boost demand for wheelchairs and components during the forecast period. Many start-ups are investing in home health programs to make life easier for elderly people who need assisted living.

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Why is there Elevated Demand for Electric Wheelchairs?

Electric wheelchairs offer a variety of benefits over traditional ones. Features that allow pairing the wheelchair to smart gadgets and store medical history, warnings for distress calls in emergency situations, and monitor the wellbeing of patients regarding critical signs, as well as design improvements, are some of the recent developments observed in electric wheelchairs. Moreover, additional features that makes it easier to travel longer distances without fatigue increases the independence of the user.

For instance, in March 2020, Invacare Corporation launched the Invacare AVIVA FX Power Wheelchair, a new power wheelchair. Curbs, hills, and rough surfaces can be maneuvered while the user stays comfortably in control.


Will Increasing Funding and Support Create Lucrative Opportunities for Wheelchair Manufacturers?  

The Wheelchair Foundation is a non-profit organization that aims to raise awareness among people with physical disabilities, and provide every child, youth, and adult who needs one, but cannot afford one, with a wheelchair. An estimated 70 million people around the world are in need of a wheelchair, according to the Free Wheelchair Mission (FWM), without any way of having one. Its mission is to provide autonomy for people living in developing economies with disabilities. Since 2001, FWM has been attempting to distribute more than a million wheelchairs, and aims to roll out another million by the end of 2025.

In addition, there are a variety of organizations that provide support for children with disabilities, such as Challenged America, The First Hand Foundation, and others. They cover a wide variety of financing related to rehabilitation, supplies, accessibility, medicine, leisure opportunities, and many other products and services. Thus, increasing government and NGO support and funding for wheelchairs is anticipated to boost sales over the coming years.

Country-wise Insights

What Allows the U.S. to Dominate the Global Wheelchair and Components Space?

The U.S. dominates the global market due to increased government initiatives that aim to lend a helping hand to the disabled population. Moreover, manufacturers in the country are also actively involved in strategies that help them to reach out to a larger patient pool.

  • For instance, National Seating & Mobility (NSM), a supplier of Complex Rehab Technology Solutions, and WHILL, Inc., announced a strategic alliance in July 2017 for nationwide delivery of WHILL's next-generation mobility systems. NSM will sell WHILL, Inc.'s new FDA-cleared Model M power wheelchair in the United States under this agreement.

Various such initiatives are key for the dominance of the U.S. in the global market.

What are the Advancements Seen in Developing Countries like Brazil?

While major developments are observed in developed markets such as the U.S., there have been significant developments in emerging countries as well, which is leading to considerable growth of these markets. Local manufacturers in Brazil are collaborating with top IT companies to introduce advanced, new products in the market.

  • For instance, Hoobox Robotics, a Brazilian start-up, teamed up with Intel, in January 2019, to build an adapter kit that enables almost any electric wheelchair to be powered by the user's facial expressions. Intel RealSense Depth Camera, Intel core processors, and Intel's OpenVINO AI toolkit are included in the new Wheelie-7 to speed up facial recognition software inference and provide immediate responsiveness.

Will Increased Investments by Indian Healthcare Companies that Focus on the Older Population Drive Market Growth?

Growing healthcare investments are expected to boost demand for wheelchairs and components in India. Many start-ups are investing in home health programs to make life easier for elderly people who need assisted living.

  • For instance, Care24 is a confirmed start-up healthcare company based in Mumbai with an initial funding of US$ 4 million by SAIF Partners and India Quotient, a seed investor. Along with full medical assistance, it offers hassle-free and high-quality elderly care services at home.

What Makes China the Most Attractive Market in Asia?    

China has one of the highest rates of road accidents in the world, with many people getting injured as a result. After India, China has the world's second-largest disabled population. Besides, a strong medical device industry that provides products at much cheaper rates as compared to other countries makes China the most attractive market in Asia. Moreover, presence of various medical device manufacturers in the country is also expected to lead to significant growth in wheelchairs and components over the coming years in the country.

Category-wise Insights

Why is Demand for Powered Wheelchairs Surging?

Powered wheelchairs represent maximum growth during the forecast period at a CAGR of almost 6%. This can be attributed to rapid innovations that are beinbg observed in the development of new products. For instance, WHILL, Inc. revealed, in January 2018, the launch of its latest Model Ci, a smart, personal electric vehicle (PEV) that has the power to remove the feeling of self-consciousness embodied in antique scooters and wheelchairs.

Why are Lightweight Wheelchairs Most Sought-after?

Dominance of lightweight wheelchairs is due to growing preference and adoption of these types because of the convenience they offer, making them quite user-friendly for disabled individuals. Ease of use is something that is extremely beneficial for this population, and wheelchairs that are light in weight offer just that. 

Competitive Landscape

Leading market players are aiming at acquisitions at regional levels. This trend is being observed across Europe, North America, and Asian countries such as China and Japan. To remain competitive and ensure a robust product pipeline, medical device firms continue to identify potential assets from smaller companies that typically have limited resources to see projects through to the market. By way of licensing deals and partnerships, companies acquire these new products, while continuing to pursue their in-house development strategies.

  • For instance, on January 10, 2018, Permobil announced that it had entered into an agreement in the Canada and United States to acquire NUTEC and Ottobock's OBSS custom seating business assets, expanding Permobil's offering of seating and positioning solutions in these countries.
  • In February 2020, Numotion, a leading provider of Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) services, acquired Monroe Wheelchair ('Monroe'), a leading CRT provider in New York State, which enables Numotion to extend its reach and capabilities throughout the wider Northeast region.

Some of the leading companies manufacturing wheelchairs and their components are:

  • Invacare Corporation
  • Sunrise Medical
  • Permobil AB
  • Pride Mobility Products Corp.
  • 21st Century Scientific, Inc.
  • Hoveround Corporation
  • Panthera AB
  • Ottobock Healthcare GmbH
  • MEYRA GmbH
  • Handicare International
  • Custom Engineered Wheels (CEW)
  • Alber GmbH
  • IntelliWheels, Inc.
  • GF Health Products, Inc.
  • Segway Inc.

*The list is not exhaustive, and only for representational purposes. Full competitive intelligence with SWOT analysis available in the report.

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Market Analysis

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Key Regions Covered

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia
  • Oceania
  • Middle East & Africa

Key Countries Covered

  • U.S.
  • Canada
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Argentina
  • U.K.
  • Germany
  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Benelux
  • Poland
  • Russia
  • Nordic
  • India
  • Thailand
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • China
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • GCC Countries
  • Northern Africa
  • South Africa

Key Segments Covered

  • Product
  • Modality
  • Distribution Channel
  • Region

Key Companies Profiled

  • Invacare Corporation
  • Sunrise Medical
  • Permobil AB
  • Pride Mobility Products Corp. 
  • 21st Century Scientific, Inc.
  • Hoveround Corporation
  • Panthera AB
  • Ottobock Healthcare GmbH
  • MEYRA GmbH
  • Handicare International
  • Custom Engineered Wheels (CEW)
  • Alber GmbH
  • IntelliWheels, Inc.
  • GF Health Products, Inc.
  • Segway Inc.

Report Coverage

  • Market Forecasts
  • Company Share Analysis
  • Competition Intelligence
  • DROT Analysis
  • Market Dynamics and Challenges
  • Strategic Growth Initiatives

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Market Categorization by Key Segments  


  • Wheelchairs
    • Manual Wheelchairs
    • Powered Wheelchairs
    • Powered Scooters
  • Wheelchair Components
    • Hand Rims & Wheel Rims
    • Frames
    • Other Components


  • Standard Transport Wheelchairs
  • Self-propelled Wheelchairs
  • Sports Wheelchairs
  • Standing Wheelchairs
  • Recliners Wheelchairs
  • Bariatric Wheelchairs
  • Lightweight Wheelchairs

Distribution Channel  

  • Institutional Sales
    • Hospitals
    • Ambulatory Surgical Centers
    • Emergency Medical Services
    • Clinics
    • Long Term Care Centers
    • Skilled Nursing Facilities
    • Others (Airports/Railway Station/Hypermarkets & Supermarkets)
  • Retail Sales
    • Retail Pharmacy Chains
    • Retail Medical Device Stores
    • Online Sales


  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • South Asia
  • East Asia
  • Oceania
  • Middle East & Africa

Key Questions Answered in Report

Q1. Which is the most lucrative market for wheelchairs and components?

At present, North America leads the market with more than quarter of the global market share. The U.S., being the dominant player, contributes the highest revenue with a global market share of 26%.  

Q2. Which segment is growing at a rapid rate in the wheelchair and components market?

Although, currently, manual wheelchairs hold maximum revenue share, powered wheelchairs are expected to experience robust growth at a CAGR of almost 6%, due to consistent developments and technological advancements in this segment.

Q3. Which segment dominates the market in terms of modality?

Lightweight wheelchairs dominate with a market share of almost 33%, and this trend will continue through the forecast period.

Q4. Which are some of the leading companies offering wheelchairs and related components?

Some of the leading companies are Invacare Corporation, Sunrise Medical, Permobil AB, Pride Mobility Products Corp., 21st Century Scientific, Inc., Hoveround Corporation, Panthera AB, Ottobock Healthcare GmbH, MEYRA GmbH, Handicare International, Custom Engineered Wheels (CEW), Alber GmbH, IntelliWheels, Inc., GF Health Products, Inc., LEVO AG, and Segway Inc.

Q5. Which distribution channel yields maximum revenue in the market?

Institutional sales contribute maximum revenue toward wheelchairs and components, with a market share of around 82%. However, retail sales are expected to undergo significant growth and will observe a rise in market share over the forecast period


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