Permobil Purchases LifeStand

Permobil, Inc., has acquired LifeStand, a French company that designs and manufactures stand-up wheelchairs.
Permobil, whose American headquarters are based in Lebanon, Tenn., called the acquisition a part of its “international strategy,” and said in a June 2 news release that the “combined economies of scale will allow the companies to focus on the research and development of new technologies for this increasing segment of wheelchair users.”

LifeStand, founded in France in 1978, makes wheelchairs that stand users upright and can be operated manually, semi-electronically or fully electronically. The chairs come in sizes to fit adults and children. A “semi-electric” model uses power to operate the stander system, but fits onto a manual chair, which remains propelled by hand

Permobil President Larry Jackson said, “The purchase of LifeStand allows Permobil to strengthen our product offering in the standing wheelchair category. For years, we have fought side by side with our Certified Providers and clinicians to educate the industry and funding sources on the benefits of standing chairs. The addition of LifeStand to our product mix enables us to better serve our customers and their needs.”
Permobil offers standing functions on some of its power chairs, in both adult and pediatric sizes.
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This article originally appeared in the July 2008 issue of Mobility Management.

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