A US mobility company that manufactures wheelchair lifts and wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs) has acquired the remaining shares of Swedish mobility manufacturer Autoadapt AB.
BraunAbility previously owned 47.5% of Autoadapt from a 2011 purchase. Since that time, Autoadapt has been the sole distributor of BraunAbility lifts in Europe.
Autoadapt will join BraunAbility as part of a group of growing companies in the Patricia Industries portfolio, including Permobil, a supplier of powered and manual wheelchairs.
“BraunAbility’s mission is to make life a moving experience for all,” said BraunAbility CEO Staci Kroon.
“That means we need to look for partners in every continent who deliver quality products consistently and share the values we hold so dear.
“Autoadapt will help us change more lives, develop innovative products and expand our global reach.”
Peter Wahlsten, Autoadapt’s founder, said: “There’s nothing I’m more proud of than how far we’ve managed to come with Autoadapt.
“Together with our employees and dealers we’ve brought vehicle adaptation to the masses, including to countries where people with disabilities previously weren’t allowed to drive.”
He continued: “Looking forward, I believe this step will go down in Autoadapt’s history as a major turning point.
“As an owner, BraunAbility brings both strength and experience that will facilitate growth and improve clarity in Autoadapt’s continued direction.
“But most important for me and all my colleagues at Autoadapt, we have an owner who shares our values.”