Ottobock Partners with Krabat AS
- By Laurie Watanabe
- Aug 14, 2013
The world should be a wide-open adventure for young children, and a new partnership between Ottobock and Norwegian manufacturer Krabat AS could make exploring a bit easier for youngsters with special seating & mobility needs.
In an announcement about the deal, Ottobock described Krabat AS as "a developer of high-quality aids for children and youth. With a focus on being innovative, functional and aesthetically attractive, the aids are fun and interesting to use and encourage activity that facilitates mastering and progression."
The company was founded in 2006 by Tom-Arne Solhaug and Fredrik Brodtkorb, according to krabat.no. Solhaug has a son with cerebral palsy.
Krabat AS products have won design awards from Red Dot and REHACARE.
Under the agreement, Ottobock becomes the exclusive North American distributor for three Krabat creations: The Pirat (a floating aid to encourage independent play in water); the Pilot (a crawling device); and the Jockey Plus (an active and adjustable children's chair).
"We have worked diligently to develop ground-breaking and creative products, and an uppermost goal has always been to reach children worldwide," Brodtkorb said in the news announcement. "As the global leader in our industry, Ottobock is a perfect partner to pursue that objective, and it is with great pleasure we enter into this agreement with them."
"We are excited and eager to integrate these innovative and aesthetically pleasing products into early-intervention programs simply because we know how much early locomotion can benefit the young children we work with," said Matt Swiggum, Ottobock VP of mobility solutions for the U.S. healthcare market. "These high-quality aids fill unique niches and are an excellent fit for the Ottobock portfolio, and we look forward to their impact on children and their families as we bring them to the North American market."
Laurie Watanabe is the editor of Mobility Management. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.