According to a new report titled, “Manual Wheelchair Market by Category, Design & Function, and End User: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2018-2025,” the global manual wheelchair market was valued at USD 2,609.7 million in 2017 and is projected to reach USD 4,099.1 million by 2025, registering a CAGR of 5.8% from 2018 to 2025. Manual wheelchairs are specifically designed for use by individuals with mobility, lower extremity, and spinal cord disabilities. Specific needs regarding style, weight, comfort, and performance is taken into consideration while designing these chairs. These chairs help individuals to prevent pressure ulcers and shoulder injuries as well as help maintain a good posture. Various features and accessories are added to the chair to cater to the requirements of the end-user.
These include fixed or detachable arms, fixed or adjustable height, and full length or desk length arm. Other factors such as a rise in spinal cord injuries rise in the incidence of disabilities, and accidents coupled with growth in government expenditure on healthcare are expected to open new avenues for the manual wheelchair market players in the future. However, the inclination of consumers toward electric and automated wheelchairs hinders the growth of the manual wheelchair market. Emerging trends that have a direct impact on the dynamics of the wheelchair industry include improved wheelchair efficiency to provide more comfort and convenience, an increase in adoption of power assistance devices, and a rise in the adoption of a hybrid concept in a wheelchair.
In addition, greater strength and durability of material along with less moving parts have considerably reduced the maintenance cost that leads to increased adoption of an adult wheelchair. Thus, recent advancements in material and engineering design of manual wheelchairs are expected to drive the growth of the wheelchair market during the forecast period.
Key Findings of the Manual Wheelchair Market:
Based on the category, the adult wheelchair segment accounted for around 63% in the manual wheelchair market share in 2017, growing at a CAGR of 6.1% from 2018 to 2025.
The pediatric wheelchair segment accounted for around 37% market share, growing at a CAGR of 6.3% from 2018 to 2025.
Based on design & function, the basic wheelchair the segment accounted for 48% of the market share in 2017 and is expected to grow at the highest CAGR of 6.4%.
Based on end-user, the homecare wheelchair segment occupied around 21% of the market share and is expected to grow at the highest CAGR of 6.4%.
Based on the region, North America accounted for a prominent market share in 2017 and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 5.3% throughout the forecast period.
North America and Europe, together accounted for about 63.4% of the total global manual wheelchair market in 2018, with the former constituting around 33.4%. From a growth perspective, Asia-Pacific and LAMEA are the two potential markets, expected to witness growth during the forecast period. At present, these two segments account for 36.6% of the manual wheelchair market share.
Some of the key players analyzed in the manual wheelchair industry are Etac AB, Gf Health Products, Inc., Invacare Corporation, Karma Medical Products Co., Ltd., Medical Depot, Inc. (Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare), Medline Industries, Inc., Meyra Group, NOVA Medical Products, Panthera AB, and Sunrise Medical (US) LLC.
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