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Get a Deep Insight into the World Wheelchairs (Powered and Manual) Markets

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World Wheelchairs (Powered and Manual) Markets

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This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Wheelchairs (Powered and Manual) in Thousands of Units and US$ Million. The specific product segments analyzed are Manual Wheelchairs, Powered Wheelchairs, and Powered Scooters. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Rest of World. Annual forecasts are provided for each region for the period of 2000 through 2015. The report profiles 128 companies including many key and niche players worldwide such as 21st Century Scientific Inc., Graham-Field Health Products, Inc., Invacare Corporation, LEVO AG, Otto Bock HealthCare GmbH, Permobil, Inc., Pihsiang Machinery Manufacturing Company Ltd., Pride Mobility Product Corp., and Sunrise Medical, Inc. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. Company profiles are mostly extracted from URL research and reported select online sources.



CONTENTS


I. INTRODUCTION, METHODOLOGY & PRODUCT DEFINITIONS

Study Reliability and Reporting Limitations I-1
Disclaimers I-2
Data Interpretation & Reporting Level I-2
Quantitative Techniques & Analytics I-3
Product Definitions and Scope of Study I-3


II. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1. Market Overview & Outlook II-1
A Healthy Wheelchairs Market II-1
The United States - Largest Market for Wheelchairs II-1
Table 1: World Market for Wheelchairs - Geographic Regions
Ranked by CAGR for 2000-2010 - Japan, Latin America,
Asia-Pacific, Rest of World, US, Canada and Europe for Value
Sales (In US$ Million) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-1

Table 2: World Market for Wheelchairs - Geographic Regions
Ranked by CAGR for 2000-2010 - Japan, Rest of World,
Asia-Pacific, Latin America, US, Canada and Europe for Unit
Sales (In '000 Units) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-2
Reimbursement - Uncertain Environment II-2
North American Powered Wheelchair Market - Impact of
Reimbursement Levels II-2

2. Trends & Issues II-3
Innovation - A Source of Competitive Advantage II-3
Table 3: Leading Players in the World Market for Wheel Chairs
(2002 & 2005): Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales by
Company for Pride Mobility, Invacare, Pihsiang, Sunrise
Medical, and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-3
Lightweight Wheelchairs Flood the Market II-3
Manual Wheelchairs - Still in Demand II-4
Ultra-light & Powered Versions Witnessing Maximum Change II-4
Smart Wheelchairs - An Emerging Market II-4
Aging Population - Major Factor Impacting Current and Future
Demand II-4
Table 4: Percentage of Population Aged 65+ of Total
Population for 2000, 2005, and 2010 for North America,
Europe, Asia and Oceania (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-5
Sunrise and Invacare: Two Major Competitors in the Wheelchairs
Market II-5
Product Differentiation Through Innovation & Technological
Superiority II-6
Technological Advancements Equip Disabled Persons with Greater
Mobility II-6
Emerging Niches in Wheelchairs Market II-6
Technological Change Driven by the Younger Generation of the
Disabled II-7
Demand & Technology Set to Drive the Market II-7
Repair & Maintenance Costs - A Major Cause of Concern II-7
The New Role of Power Wheelchairs and Scooters II-7
Electric Scooter - Is it a Medical Necessity or Life-
Enhancement Product? II-8
Sports Utility Wheelchairs - Boon for Athletes with Disabilities II-8
Standing Wheelchairs - What the Future Holds? II-9

3. Wheelchairs - A Historical Perspective II-10
A Chronology of Wheelchair Development II-10

4. Product Overview II-12
Mobility Aids - Helping to Move the Immobile II-12
Wheeled Mobility - Moving on Wheels II-12
Basic Wheelchair - The No Frills Chair for All II-12
Prescription Wheelchairs - Comfortable Aid for Chronic Users II-13
Essential principles, While Selecting a Wheelchair II-13
Changes in the Designs and Components Over the Years II-13
Sports Utility Wheelchairs II-14
Power-Drive Wheelchairs - A Boon to Severely Crippled II-14
The Other Side of the Boon II-14
A Glance at Materials Used for Wheelchairs II-14
Steel Alloys II-14
Aircraft Grade Aluminum II-15
High Performance Alloy II-15
Titanium II-15
Table 5: Relative Weight of Wheelchairs by Material Type for
Iron, Stainless Steel, Aluminum, and Titanium Alloy
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-15
Manual Wheelchairs II-15
Institutional/Nursing Home/Depot Chairs II-16
Specialty Chairs II-16
Standard/Everyday Chairs II-16
Child/Junior Chairs II-16
Lightweight/Sports Chairs II-16
Components of a Wheelchair II-17
Frame II-17
Upholstery II-17
Seating System II-17
Wheels/Tires II-17
Powered Wheelchair II-17
Additional Components of Power Wheelchair II-17
Controls II-17
Drive System II-18
Special Features II-18
A Review of Power Wheelchair Batteries II-18
Battery - Critical in Power Wheelchair Performance II-18
Shortcomings of Wet-Cell Batteries II-18
Gel-Cell Batteries Have their Disadvantages too II-18
A Probable Solution II-19
Gel-Cell & Wet-Cell Lead-Acid Batteries: A Comparison II-19
Limitations in Healthcare Market Hamper Technology Growth II-19
Powered (Electric) Scooter II-19
Components of an Electric Scooter II-19
Types of Scooters II-19

5. Home Health Care Industry II-20
Home Health Care: Foremost Driver of Wheelchair Sales II-20
Home Care - An Inevitable Part of Federal Heath Care Reform II-20
Diagnostic Related Groups Trigger Home Care Growth II-20
Consolidation in the Home Medical Equipment Industry II-20
Invacare Vs. Sunrise II-20
Shift Towards Home Care - A Worldwide Trend II-21
Factors Fundamental to Growth of Home Care Industry II-21
An Overview of Some of the Important Factors II-21
The Aging Population II-21
Economic Benefits of Home Care II-22
Advances in Technology II-22
More Active Lifestyles for the Disabled II-22
Patient Preference for Home Care II-23
Factors Impacting Purchase Decision II-23
Price: Gaining in Importance II-23
Pricing Pressures - A Constant Feature of the Market II-23

6. Product Launches/Developments II-24
Lasher Sport Introduces Two New Wheelchairs II-24
Colours N Motion Introduces 3 New Wheelchairs II-24
Remploy Introduces Stackable Wheelchair II-24
Earplug Provides Steer-by-tongue Control II-25
TGA Introduces Latest Scooter II-25
Permobil Launches Latest Pediatric Wheelchair II-25
Sunrise Medical Launches Kid Rock(TM) II-25
Sunrise Medical Launches Ultra Light Wheelchairs II-26
Quantum Expands Q6 Series with Quantum 600 Power Chair with XL
Package II-26
Honda Introduces Monpal ML200 4-Wheel Scooter II-26
Remploy to Introduce Flexible Optimo Wheelchair II-26
Graham-Field Launches E&J Paramount Manual Folding Wheelchair II-27
Dane Technologies Launches Wheelchair Mover(R) II-27
Pride Adds Go-Go Elite Traveller to Go-Go Travel Mobility Line II-27
Quantum Rehab Expands Options of TRU-Balance Pediatric Tilt II-28
Invacare Launches Crossfire(TM) T6 Ultralightweight Wheelchair II-28
Graham-Field Introduces E&J Everest Lite Power Wheelchair II-28
Trekinetic Introduces K-2 All Terrain Wheelchair II-28
Quantum Rehab Launches Litestream XF Manual Wheelchair II-29
Graham-Field Unveils New E&J Bariatric Transport Chair II-29
Pride Mobility Products Introduces Jazzy Select Power Chair II-29
AIST Develops Electronic Wheelchair with 360 Degree Sensors II-29
Graham-Field Introduces E&J Metro(R) IC4 II-29
Pride Lift Chairs Launches Three New Lines of Lift Chairs II-30
Suzuki Introduces New Motorized Wheelchair Powered by Fuel Cell II-30
Graham-Field Rolls Out New E&J Metro IC3 with Nylon Upholstery II-30
Pride Mobility Introduces Celebrity XL Scooter II-30
Quantum Rehab Launches TRU-Balance 2 Power Positioning System II-30
Pride Mobility Launches Go-Go Ultra X II-31
Silver Star Lifts Launches New Lift, SilverBoom 300 II-31
Sunrise Unveils New Quickie (R) GTX Line II-31
Graham-Field Introduces New E&J Manual and Power Wheelchair Model II-31
Pride Mobility Products Introduces Jazzy Select 14 Power Chair II-31
Quantum Rehab Launches New Q-Logic Drive Control System II-32
All-terrain Wheelchair Enters Global Market II-32
Pride's Quantum(R) Rehab Division Launches Quantum 6000 Power Chair II-32
Suzuki Motor Launches Electrically Operated Wheelchair II-32
Stair Climber Wheelchair Enters Market II-33
Posture Mobility Services Products Enters Market II-33
Pride Mobility Introduces Pride Gear II-33
Pride Mobility Develops the Jazzy 600 II-33
Lasher Sport Develops Ultra-Lightweight Wheelchairs II-33
Graham-Field Health Products Launches a New Industry
Compatible Wheelchair II-33
Invacare Introduces TDX5 Power Wheelchair II-34
Sunrise Medical Unveils the Quickie Ti Titanium LE Manual
Wheelchair II-34
Sunrise Medical Launches the Quickie Freestyle Power Chair II-34
Supracor Develops Stimulite Wheel Chair Cushion II-34
Sunrise Launches New Quickie Chameleon II-34
FDA Approves Advanced Battery-Powered Wheelchair II-34
Wheelchairs of Kansas Adds New Option to Overlander/PEV 2000 II-35
New Manual Assist Wheelchair from Independence Technology II-35
New Wheelchair Range from DMA II-35
Sinclair Launches New Wheelchair Drive Unit (WDU) II-35
Medline Adds a New Wheelchair to Excel Series II-35
Universal Mobility Line of Products from Universal Group II-35
Curtis Instruments' Wheelchair Controller Provides Power with
Smoothness II-36
Flotech Adjuster Chair from Medical Support Systems II-36
Sinclair and Daka Introduce Electrically Assisted Wheelchair
Drive Unit II-36
J&J Unveils iGlide Power Assist Wheelchair II-36
Johnson & Johnson Unveils Independence 3000 iBOT Transporter II-36
For-A and Kokusai Team-up to Develop Wheelchairs with
Navigation System II-37
Adorno Rogers Technology Bags Patent for Folding Wheelchair
Design II-37
British Columbia Institute Technology Student Designs All-
terrain Wheelchair II-37
Independence Technology LLC of Japan Develops Electronic
Wheelchair that can Climb Stairs II-37
India's IRIS and CAIR Begins Work on Creating Intelligent
Battery-Operated Wheelchair II-37
PML Flightline Unveils new wheelchair controller II-38
TJ Frazier Introduces Rural Pursuits Vehicle II-38
New Wheelchair Design from Osaka University Researchers II-38
Powered Wheelchair with Computer Controlled Motor II-38

7. Recent Industry Activity II-39
Wabtec Corporation Acquires Ricon II-39
Dane Technologies Completes the Acquisition of LEVO AG II-39
Creative Technology Acquires PlainSense Wheelchairs II-39
Sunrise Medical Associates with Dyna Vox, Introduces Hi-tech
Wheelchair II-39
Invacare Closes Manual Wheelchair Line II-40
Southern Home Medical Acquires Wheelchairs Plus II-40
Remploy Inaugurates New Production Facility for Aurora
Wheelchairs II-40
The Scooter Store Inaugurates a New McAllen Retail Outlet II-40
Pride Mobility Acquires Silver Star Mobility II-40
Nordic Acquires Majority Stake in Permobil International II-41
Graham-Field Selects Valence Technology II-41
Sunrise Medical Acquires Three Companies II-41
Invacare Acquires WP Domus GmbH II-41
Invacare's Agreement with VYATEK SPORTS to Minimize
Wheelchairs Weight II-42
Invacare Acquires Motion Concepts Inc. II-42
Graham-Field Health Products Closes Bay Shore, NY Plant II-42
Invacare Acquires Minority Stake in Assistive Technology II-42
Kawamura Cycle Establishes Joint Venture Wheelchair
Manufacturing Plant in China II-42
Bombardier Inc Bags Contract from GO Transit II-42

8. Focus on Select Players II-43
21st Century Scientific Inc. (USA) II-43
Graham-Field Health Products, Inc. (USA) II-43
Invacare Corporation (USA) II-43
LEVO AG (Switzerland) II-44
Otto Bock HealthCare GmbH (Germany) II-44
Permobil Inc. (USA) II-44
Pihsiang Machinery Manufacturing Company Limited (Taiwan) II-44
Pride Mobility Product Corp. (USA) II-44
Sunrise Medical, Inc. (USA) II-44

9. Global Market Perspective II-46
Table 6: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for
Wheelchairs by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe,
Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of
World Independently Analyzed by Annual Sales in '000 Units for
the Years 2000 through 2010 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) II-46

Table 7: World Long-Term Projections for Wheelchairs by
Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific
(excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World
Independently Analyzed by Annual Sales in '000 Units for the
Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-47

Table 8: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for
Wheelchairs by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe,
Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of
World Independently Analyzed by Annual Sales in US$ Million
for the Years 2000 through 2010 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) II-48

Table 9: World Long-Term Projections for Wheelchairs by
Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific
(excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World
Independently Analyzed by Annual Sales in US$ Million for the
Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-49

Table 10: World 10-Year Perspective for Wheelchairs by
Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Unit Sales for US,
Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin
America and Rest of World for the Years 2000, 2007 & 2010
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-50

Table 11: World 10-Year Perspective for Wheelchairs by
Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Dollar Sales for
US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan),
Latin America and Rest of World for the Years 2000, 2007 &
2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-51

Table 12: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for
Manual Wheelchairs by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan,
Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest
of World Independently Analyzed by Annual Sales in '000 Units
for the Years 2000 through 2010 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) II-52

Table 13: World Long-Term Projections for Manual Wheelchairs
by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific
(excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World
Independently Analyzed by Annual Sales in '000 Units for the
Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-53

Table 14: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for
Manual Wheelchairs by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan,
Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest
of World Independently Analyzed by Annual Sales in US$ Million
for the Years 2000 through 2010 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) II-54

Table 15: World Long-Term Projections for Manual Wheelchairs
by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific
(excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World
Independently Analyzed by Annual Sales in US$ Million for the
Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-55

Table 16: World 10-Year Perspective for Manual Wheelchairs by
Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Unit Sales for US,
Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin
America and Rest of World for the Years 2000, 2007 & 2010
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-56

Table 17: World 10-Year Perspective for Manual Wheelchairs by
Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Dollar Sales for
US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan),
Latin America and Rest of World for the Years 2000, 2007 &
2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-57

Table 18: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for
Powered Wheelchairs by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan,
Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest
of World Independently Analyzed by Annual Sales in '000 Units
for the Years 2000 through 2010 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) II-58

Table 19: World Long-Term Projections for Powered Wheelchairs
by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific
(excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World
Independently Analyzed by Annual Sales in '000 Units for the
Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-59

Table 20: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for
Powered Wheelchairs by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan,
Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest
of World Independently Analyzed by Annual Sales in US$ Million
for the Years 2000 through 2010 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) II-60

Table 21: World Long-Term Projections for Powered Wheelchairs
by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific
(excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World
Independently Analyzed by Annual Sales in US$ Million for the
Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-61

Table 22: World 10-Year Perspective for Powered Wheelchairs by
Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Unit Sales for US,
Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin
America and Rest of World for the Years 2000, 2007 & 2010
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-62

Table 23: World 10-Year Perspective for Powered Wheelchairs by
Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Dollar Sales for
US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan),
Latin America and Rest of World for the Years 2000, 2007 &
2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-63

Table 24: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for
Powered Scooters by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan,
Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest
of World Independently Analyzed by Annual Sales in '000 Units
for the Years 2000 through 2010 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) II-64

Table 25: World Long-Term Projections for Powered Scooters by
Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific
(excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World
Independently Analyzed by Annual Sales in '000 Units for the
Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-65

Table 26: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for
Powered Scooters by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan,
Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest
of World Independently Analyzed by Annual Sales in US$ Million
for the Years 2000 through 2010 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) II-66

Table 27: World Long-Term Projections for Powered Scooters by
Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific
(excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World
Independently Analyzed by Annual Sales in US$ Million for the
Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-67

Table 28: World 10-Year Perspective for Powered Scooters by
Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Unit Sales for US,
Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin
America and Rest of World for the Years 2000, 2007 & 2010
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-68

Table 29: World 10-Year Perspective for Powered Scooters by
Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Dollar Sales for
US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan),
Latin America and Rest of World for the Years 2000, 2007 &
2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-69


III. MARKET

1. The United States III-1
A.Market Analysis III-1
Demand to Come from Aging Baby Boomer Generation III-1
Declining Prices III-1
Sunrise and Invacare: Leading Players III-1
Trends in the Market III-2
Funding Obstacles Hamper the Growth of Powered Wheelchairs
& Scooters III-2
K0011 Powered Wheelchairs - Different from the Lot III-2
High-End Power Wheelchairs Market - Still Growing III-2
New Entrants Find the Going Tough III-3
R&D and Marketing - Two Important Aspects of the Market III-3
NY Market Shuns New & High-End Products III-3
Adverse Affect of Third-Party Reimbursement III-4
Market Structure III-4
Standard Products III-4
Power-Operated Vehicles III-4
Rehab Technology Products III-4
EXIM Stats III-5
Table 30: US Exports of Wheelchairs in 2006: Percentage
Breakdown of Dollar Sales by Country for Canada, UK, New
Zealand, Denmark, Australia, France, South Korea, Japan,
Netherlands and Rest of World (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-5

Table 31: US Imports of Wheelchairs in 2006: Percentage
Breakdown of Dollar Sales by Country for China, Taiwan,
Mexico, Sweden, Canada, Germany, Indonesia, Denmark, Japan
and Rest of World (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-5

Table 32: US Exports of Mechanically Propelled Wheelchairs
in 2006: Percentage Breakdown of Dollar Sales by Country
for Canada, UK, New Zealand, Denmark, France, El Salvador,
South Korea, Australia, Japan and Rest of World (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-6

Table 33: US Imports of Mechanically Propelled Wheelchairs
in 2006: Percentage Breakdown of Dollar Sales by Country
for China, Taiwan, Sweden, Mexico, Canada, Germany,
Australia, Switzerland, France and Rest of World (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-6

Table 34: US Exports of Non-Mechanically Propelled
Wheelchairs in 2006: Percentage Breakdown of Dollar Sales
by Country for Canada, Australia, South Korea, Japan, UK,
Israel, Netherlands, Switzerland, France and Rest of World
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-7

Table 35: US Imports of Non-Mechanically Propelled
Wheelchairs in 2006: Percentage Breakdown of Dollar Sales
by Country for China, Mexico, Taiwan, Canada, Indonesia,
Denmark, Japan, Germany, UK and Rest of World (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-7
Competitive Scenario III-7
Invacare - Leader in Standard & Powered Wheelchairs Market III-7
Table 36: Leading Players in the US Market for Lightweight
Wheelchairs (2002 & 2005): Percentage Breakdown of Unit
Sales by Company for Invacare, Sunrise Medical,
Graham-Field Health Products, and Others (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-8

Table 37: Leading Players in the US Market for Ultra-Light
Wheelchairs (2002 & 2005): Percentage Breakdown of Unit
Sales by Company for Invacare, Sunrise Medical, TiSport,
Permobil, and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-8

Table 38: Leading Players in the US Market for Pediatric
Wheelchairs (2002 & 2005): Percentage Breakdown of Unit
Sales by Company for Sunrise Medical, Invacare, Convaid,
and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-9

Table 39: Leading Players in the US Market for Powered
Wheelchairs (2001, 2003 & 2005): Percentage Breakdown of
Value Sales by Company for Invacare, Sunrise Medical,
Pride Mobility, and Others (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-9

Table 40: Leading Players in the US Market for Electric
Scooters (2001, 2003 & 2005): Percentage Breakdown of
Value Sales by Company for Pride Mobility, Invacare,
Shoprider, and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-10
Wheelchairs of Kansas - Specialist in Bariatric Wheelchairs III-10
Table 41: Leading Players in the US Market for Bariatric
Wheelchairs (2001, 2003 & 2005): Percentage Breakdown of
Value Sales by Company for Wheelchairs of Kansas,
Invacare, Sunrise Medical and Others (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-10
Product Launches III-11
Strategic Corporate Developments III-15
Key Players III-17
21st Century Scientific Inc. III-17
Evermed III-17
Graham-Field Health Products, Inc. III-17
Invacare Corporation III-17
Permobil Inc. III-18
Pride Mobility Product Corp. III-18
Sunrise Medical, Inc. III-18
B.Market Analytics III-19
Table 42: US Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for
Wheelchairs by Product Segment - Manual Wheelchairs, Powered
Wheelchairs and Powered Scooters Independently Analyzed by
Annual Sales in '000 Units for the Years 2000 through 2010
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-19

Table 43: US Long-Term Projections for Wheelchairs by
Product Segment - Manual Wheelchairs, Powered Wheelchairs
and Powered Scooters Independently Analyzed by Annual Sales
in '000 Units for the Years 2011 through 2015 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-19

Table 44: US Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for
Wheelchairs by Product Segment - Manual Wheelchairs, Powered
Wheelchairs and Powered Scooters Independently Analyzed by
Annual Sales in US$ Million for the Years 2000 through 2010
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-20

Table 45: US Long-Term Projections for Wheelchairs by
Product Segment - Manual Wheelchairs, Powered Wheelchairs
and Powered Scooters Independently Analyzed by Annual Sales
in US$ Million for the Years 2011 through 2015 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-20

Table 46: US 10-Year Perspective for Wheelchairs by Product
Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Unit Sales for Manual
Wheelchairs, Powered Wheelchairs and Powered Scooters for
the Years 2000, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-21

Table 47: US 10-Year Perspective for Wheelchairs by Product
Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Dollar Sales for Manual
Wheelchairs, Powered Wheelchairs and Powered Scooters for
the Years 2000, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-21

2. Canada III-22
A.Market Analysis III-22
EXIM Stats III-22
Table 48: Canadian Exports of Wheelchairs in 2006:
Percentage Breakdown of Dollar Sales by Country for US,
Denmark, Netherlands, Ireland and Rest of World (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-22

Table 49: Canadian Imports of Wheelchairs in 2006:
Percentage Breakdown of Dollar Sales by Country for US,
China, Taiwan, Mexico, Malaysia, Australia, Japan, Germany
and Rest of World (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-22

Table 50: Canadian Exports of Mechanically Propelled
Wheelchairs in 2006: Percentage Breakdown of Dollar Sales
by Country for US, Netherlands, China and Rest of World
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-23

Table 51: Canadian Imports of Mechanically Propelled
Wheelchairs in 2006: Percentage Breakdown of Dollar Sales
by Country for US, Taiwan, China, Australia, UK, Germany
and Rest of World (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-23

Table 52: Canadian Exports of Non-Mechanically Propelled
Wheelchairs in 2006: Percentage Breakdown of Dollar Sales
by Country for US, Denmark, Ireland and Rest of World
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-23

Table 53: Canadian Imports of Non-Mechanically Propelled
Wheelchairs in 2006: Percentage Breakdown of Dollar Sales
by Country for US, China, Mexico, Malaysia, Taiwan, Japan
and Rest of World (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-24
Strategic Corporate Developments III-24
B.Market Analytics III-25
Table 54: Canadian Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis
for Wheelchairs by Product Segment - Manual Wheelchairs,
Powered Wheelchairs and Powered Scooters Independently
Analyzed by Annual Sales in '000 Units for the Years 2000
through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-25

Table 55: Canadian Long-Term Projections for Wheelchairs by
Product Segment - Manual Wheelchairs, Powered Wheelchairs
and Powered Scooters Independently Analyzed by Annual Sales
in '000 Units for the Years 2011 through 2015 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-25

Table 56: Canadian Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis
for Wheelchairs by Product Segment - Manual Wheelchairs,
Powered Wheelchairs and Powered Scooters Independently
Analyzed by Annual Sales in US$ Million for the Years 2000
through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-26

Table 57: Canadian Long-Term Projections for Wheelchairs by
Product Segment - Manual Wheelchairs, Powered Wheelchairs
and Powered Scooters Independently Analyzed by Annual Sales
in US$ Million for the Years 2011 through 2015 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-26

Table 58: Canadian 10-Year Perspective for Wheelchairs by
Product Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Unit Sales for
Manual Wheelchairs, Powered Wheelchairs and Powered Scooters
for the Years 2000, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-27

Table 59: Canadian 10-Year Perspective for Wheelchairs by
Product Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Dollar Sales for
Manual Wheelchairs, Powered Wheelchairs and Powered Scooters
for the Years 2000, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-27

3. Japan III-28
A.Market Analysis III-28
The Wheelchairs Market III-28
Table 60: Japanese Market for Wheelchairs (2000 & 2005):
Percentage Breakdown of Sales of Wheelchairs for Under
Local/National Government Supply Programs, Hospitals and
Other Institutions and Individual Persons (Full Payment by
Individuals) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-28
Competitive Factors in Japanese Wheelchairs Market III-29
Focus on Health and Comfort III-29
New Buildings and Facilities to Support Wheelchairs III-29
Long-Term Insurance Program - An Overview III-29
New Program Gives Boost to Rental Market III-30
Import Scenario in the Recent Past III-30
Growing Imports III-30
Table 61: Percentage of Population Aged above 65 for
1990-2020 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-30

Table 62: Japanese Market for Wheelchairs: Volume Imports
for 1997-2001 for Manual Wheelchairs and Powered
Wheelchairs in '000 Units (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-31

Table 63: Japanese Market for Wheelchairs: Volume Imports
for 1997-2001 for Manual Wheelchairs and Powered
Wheelchairs (In yens Billion) (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-31
China - Major Exporter of Manual Wheelchairs to Japan (In
Volume) III-32
Table 64: Japanese Market for Manual Wheelchairs:
Percentage Breakdown of Volume Imports by Country for
1997-2001 for China, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, US,
and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-32
Taiwan Leads Powered Wheel Chairs Imports (In Volume) III-32
Table 65: Japanese Market for Powered Wheelchairs:
Percentage Breakdown of Volume Imports by Country for
1997-2001 for Taiwan, China, Sweden, South Korea, US and
Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-33
Value Imports (Manual Wheelchairs & Powered Wheelchairs) III-33
Table 66: Japanese Market for Wheelchairs: Percentage
Breakdown of Value Imports by Country for 2001 for Manual
Wheelchairs and Powered Wheelchairs for China, Taiwan,
South Korea, Thailand, US, Sweden, and Others (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-33
An Overview of Distribution Channels III-34
Japanese Home Health Care Industry - A Review III-34
Increased Hospitalization Expenses III-35
Hospitals Operating at Losses III-35
Product Launch III-35
Strategic Corporate Development III-35
B.Market Analytics III-36
Table 67: Japanese Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis
for Wheelchairs by Product Segment - Manual Wheelchairs,
Powered Wheelchairs and Powered Scooters Independently
Analyzed by Annual Sales in '000 Units for the Years 2000
through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-36

Table 68: Japanese Long-Term Projections for Wheelchairs by
Product Segment - Manual Wheelchairs, Powered Wheelchairs
and Powered Scooters Independently Analyzed by Annual Sales
in '000 Units for the Years 2011 through 2015 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-36

Table 69: Japanese Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis
for Wheelchairs by Product Segment - Manual Wheelchairs,
Powered Wheelchairs and Powered Scooters Independently
Analyzed with Annual Sales in US$ Million for Years 2000
through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-37

Table 70: Japanese Long-Term Projections for Wheelchairs by
Product Segment - Manual Wheelchairs, Powered Wheelchairs
and Powered Scooters Independently Analyzed by Annual Sales
in US$ Million for the Years 2011 through 2015 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-37

Table 71: Japanese 10-Year Perspective for Wheelchairs by
Product Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Unit Sales for
Manual Wheelchairs, Powered Wheelchairs and Powered Scooters
for the Years 2000, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-38

Table 72: Japanese 10-Year Perspective for Wheelchairs by
Product Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Dollar Sales for
Manual Wheelchairs, Powered Wheelchairs and Powered Scooters
for the Years 2000, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-38

4. Europe III-39
A.Market Analysis III-39
Market Overview III-39
UK & Germany - Major Markets in Europe III-39
B.Market Analytics III-39
Table 73: European Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis
for Wheelchairs by Geographic Region - France, Germany, UK,
Italy and Rest of Europe Independently Analyzed by Annual
Sales in '000 Units for the Years 2000 through 2010
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-39

Table 74: European Long-Term Projections for Wheelchairs by
Geographic Region - France, Germany, UK, Italy and Rest of
Europe Independently Analyzed by Annual Sales in '000 Units
for the Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-40

Table 75: European Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis
for Wheelchairs by Product Segment - Manual Wheelchairs,
Powered Wheelchairs and Powered Scooters Independently
Analyzed by Annual Sales in '000 Units for the Years 2000
through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-40

Table 76: European Long-Term Projections for Wheelchairs by
Product Segment - Manual Wheelchairs, Powered Wheelchairs
and Powered Scooters Independently Analyzed by Annual Sales
in '000 Units for the Years 2011 through 2015 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-41

Table 77: European Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis
for Wheelchairs by Geographic Region - France, Germany, UK,
Italy and Rest of Europe Independently Analyzed by Annual
Sales in US$ Million for the Years 2000 through 2010
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-41

Table 78: European Long-Term Projections for Wheelchairs by
Geographic Region - France, Germany, UK, Italy and Rest of
Europe Independently Analyzed by Annual Sales in US$ Million
for the Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-42

Table 79: European Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis
for Wheelchairs by Product Segment - Manual Wheelchairs,
Powered Wheelchairs and Powered Scooters Independently
Analyzed by Annual Sales in US$ Million for the Years 2000
through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-42

Table 80: European Long-Term Projections for Wheelchairs by
Product Segment - Manual Wheelchairs, Powered Wheelchairs
and Powered Scooters Independently Analyzed by Annual Sales
in US$ Million for the Years 2011 through 2015 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-43

Table 81: European 10-Year Perspective for Wheelchairs by
Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Unit Sales for
France, Germany, UK, Italy and Rest of Europe for the Years
2000, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-43

Table 82: European 10-Year Perspective for Wheelchairs by
Product Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Unit Sales for
Manual Wheelchairs, Powered Wheelchairs and Powered Scooters
for the Years 2000, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-44

Table 83: European 10-Year Perspective for Wheelchairs by
Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Dollar Sales for
France, Germany, UK, Italy and Rest of Europe for the Years
2000, 2007 & 2010 includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-44

Table 84: European 10-Year Perspective for Wheelchairs by
Product Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Dollar Sales for
Manual Wheelchairs, Powered Wheelchairs and Powered Scooters
for the Years 2000, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-45

4a. France III-46
Market Analysis III-46
Table 85: French Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for
Wheelchairs by Product Segment - Manual Wheelchairs, Powered
Wheelchairs and Powered Scooters Independently Analyzed by
Annual Sales in '000 Units for the Years 2000 through 2010
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-46

Table 86: French Long-Term Projections for Wheelchairs by
Product Segment - Manual Wheelchairs, Powered Wheelchairs
and Powered Scooters Independently Analyzed by Annual Sales
in '000 Units for the Years 2011 through 2015 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-47

Table 87: French Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for
Wheelchairs by Product Segment - Manual Wheelchairs, Powered
Wheelchairs and Powered Scooters Independently Analyzed by
Annual Sales in US$ Million for the Years 2000 through 2010
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-47

Table 88: French Long-Term Projections for Wheelchairs by
Product Segment - Manual Wheelchairs, Powered Wheelchairs
and Powered Scooters Independently Analyzed by Annual Sales
in US$ Million for the Years 2011 through 2015 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-48

Table 89: French 10-Year Perspective for Wheelchairs by
Product Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Unit Sales for
Manual Wheelchairs, Powered Wheelchairs and Powered Scooters
for the Years 2000, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-48

Table 90: French 10-Year Perspective for Wheelchairs by
Product Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Dollar Sales for
Manual Wheelchairs, Powered Wheelchairs and Powered Scooters
for the Years 2000, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-49

4b. Germany III-50
A.Market Analysis III-50
Otto Bock HealthCare GmbH - A Leading Player III-50
B.Market Analytics III-50
Table 91: German Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for
Wheelchairs by Product Segment - Manual Wheelchairs, Powered
Wheelchairs and Powered Scooters Independently Analyzed by
Annual Sales in '000 Units for Years 2000 through 2010
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-50

Table 92: German Long-Term Projections for Wheelchairs by
Product Segment - Manual Wheelchairs, Powered Wheelchairs
and Powered Scooters Independently Analyzed by Annual Sales
in '000 Units for the Years 2011 through 2015 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-51

Table 93: German Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for
Wheelchairs by Product Segment - Manual Wheelchairs, Powered
Wheelchairs and Powered Scooters Independently Analyzed by
Annual Sales in US$ Million for Years 2000 through 2010
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-51

Table 94: German Long-Term Projections for Wheelchairs by
Product Segment - Manual Wheelchairs, Powered Wheelchairs
and Powered Scooters Independently Analyzed by Annual Sales
in US$ Million for the Years 2011 through 2015 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-52

Table 95: German 10-Year Perspective for Wheelchairs by
Product Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Unit Sales for
Manual Wheelchairs, Powered Wheelchairs and Powered Scooters
for the Years 2000, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-52

Table 96: German 10-Year Perspective for Wheelchairs by
Product Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Dollar Sales for
Manual Wheelchairs, Powered Wheelchairs and Powered Scooters
for the Years 2000, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-53

4c. The United Kingdom III-54
A.Market Analysis III-54
Product Launches III-54
Strategic Corporate Development III-55
B.Market Analytics III-56
Table 97: UK Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for
Wheelchairs by Product Segment - Manual Wheelchairs, Powered
Wheelchairs and Powered Scooters Independently Analyzed by
Annual Sales in '000 Units for the Years 2000 through 2010
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-56

Table 98: UK Long-Term Projections for Wheelchairs by
Product Segment - Manual Wheelchairs, Powered Wheelchairs
and Powered Scooters Independently Analyzed by Annual Sales
in '000 Units for the Years 2011 through 2015 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-56

Table 99: UK Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for
Wheelchairs by Product Segment - Manual Wheelchairs, Powered
Wheelchairs and Powered Scooters Independently Analyzed by
Annual Sales in US$ Million for the Years 2000 through 2010
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-57

Table 100: UK Long-Term Projections for Wheelchairs by
Product Segment - Manual Wheelchairs, Powered Wheelchairs
and Powered Scooters Independently Analyzed by Annual Sales
in US$ Million for the Years 2011 through 2015 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-57

Table 101: UK 10-Year Perspective for Wheelchairs by Product
Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Unit Sales for Manual
Wheelchairs, Powered Wheelchairs and Powered Scooters for
the Years 2000, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-58

Table 102: UK 10-Year Perspective for Wheelchairs by Product
Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Dollar Sales for Manual
Wheelchairs, Powered Wheelchairs and Powered Scooters for
the Years 2000, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-58

4d. Italy III-59
Market Analysis III-59
Table 103: Italian Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis
for Wheelchairs by Product Segment - Manual Wheelchairs,
Powered Wheelchairs and Powered Scooters Independently
Analyzed by Annual Sales in '000 Units for the Years 2000
through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-59

Table 104: Italian Long-Term Projections for Wheelchairs by
Product Segment - Manual Wheelchairs, Powered Wheelchairs
and Powered Scooters Independently Analyzed by Annual Sales
in '000 Units for the Years 2011 through 2015 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-60

Table 105: Italian Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis
for Wheelchairs by Product Segment - Manual Wheelchairs,
Powered Wheelchairs and Powered Scooters Independently
Analyzed by Annual Sales in US$ Million for Years 2000
through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-60

Table 106: Italian Long-Term Projections for Wheelchairs by
Product Segment - Manual Wheelchairs, Powered Wheelchairs
and Powered Scooters Independently Analyzed by Annual Sales
in US$ Million for the Years 2011 through 2015 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-61

Table 107: Italian 10-Year Perspective for Wheelchairs by
Product Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Unit Sales for
Manual Wheelchairs, Powered Wheelchairs and Powered Scooters
for the Years 2000, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-61

Table 108: Italian 10-Year Perspective for Wheelchairs by
Product Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Dollar Sales for
Manual Wheelchairs, Powered Wheelchairs and Powered Scooters
for the Years 2000, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-62

4e. Rest of Europe III-63
A.Market Analysis III-63
An Overview of Select Markets III-63
Belgium III-63
Home Health Care in Belgium III-63
Distribution Channels and Practices III-63
Table 109: Belgian Market for Home Healthcare Equipment:
Percentage Breakdown by Distribution Channel for 2002 and
2005 for Bandagists, Medical Distributors and Pharmacies
& Pharmacy Wholesalers (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-64
Finland III-64
Health Care and Rehabilitation Market III-64
Market Affected Due to Reduced Spending III-64
Production III-64
Imports in the Recent Past III-64
Table 110: Wheelchairs Market in Finland: Import
Breakdown by Country of Origin for 2002 for Sweden,
Germany, Others and the United States (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-65
Portugal III-65
End-Users III-65
Distribution III- 65
B.Market Analytics III- 66
Table 111: Rest of Europe Recent Past, Current & Future
Analysis for Wheelchairs by Product Segment - Manual
Wheelchairs, Powered Wheelchairs and Powered Scooters
Independently Analyzed by Annual Sales in '000 Units for
Years 2000 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-66

Table 112: Rest of Europe Long-Term Projections for
Wheelchairs by Product Segment - Manual Wheelchairs, Powered
Wheelchairs and Powered Scooters Independently Analyzed by
Annual Sales in '000 Units for the Years 2011 through 2015
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-66

Table 113: Rest of Europe Recent Past, Current & Future
Analysis for Wheelchairs by Product Segment - Manual
Wheelchairs, Powered Wheelchairs and Powered Scooters
Independently Analyzed by Annual Sales in US$ Million for
the Years 2000 through 2010 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-67

Table 114: Rest of Europe Long-Term Projections for
Wheelchairs by Product Segment - Manual Wheelchairs, Powered
Wheelchairs and Powered Scooters Independently Analyzed by
Annual Sales in US$ Million for the Years 2011 through 2015
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-67

Table 115: Rest of Europe 10-Year Perspective for
Wheelchairs by Product Segment - Percentage Breakdown of
Unit Sales for Manual Wheelchairs,Powered Wheelchairs and
Powered Scooters for the Years 2000, 2007 & 2010 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-68

Table 116: Rest of Europe 10-Year Perspective for
Wheelchairs by Product Segment - Percentage Br


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