Permobil to target dealers with SmartDrive power-assist at Naidex show

Permobil, stand 9110

Permobil has announced the acquisition of MAX Mobility, further expanding its wheelchair offering by providing a motorized power assist solution to its users and bridging the gap between power and manual wheelchairs.

Power assist provides an alternative solution for manual wheelchair users to maintain their independence and reduce the risks of repetitive strain injuries associated with wheelchair propulsion. SmartDrive MX2+ with PushTracker claims to be a revolutionary power assist device that works on virtually any manual wheelchair on the market.

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“Our aim is to make SmartDrive more widely and easily available for wheelchair users in Europe. We have moved distribution from the US to our European distribution center which greatly improves our ability to serve our customers”, says Gordon Cunningham, general manager of Permobil UK and Ireland.

“Support in the UK will be provided by the existing dealer network, supported by the Permobil UK team. We are delighted to be taking part at Naidex where we will be giving full product demos of the SmartDrive and other products. Our whole team will be on hand and are looking forward to meeting therapists and dealers to discuss our seating and positioning range in depth.”

As well as being intuitive, the SmartDrive is surprisingly powerful and can travel up steep hills and through thick carpet. The product also features an anti-rollback function allowing users to stop on a hill before getting going again.

With PushTracker the SmartDrive power assist can be individualised, allowing tweaks to the tap sensitivity, top speed and more. Also equipped with different selectable modes, users can easily pick the one that is best for their desired activity level and needs.

For more than 50 years, Permobil has been a leader in the complex rehabilitation power wheelchair industry. It says: “No other company can match our record of product ’firsts’ or our influence in shaping seating and mobility solutions.

“Our brand is asked for by name, known for quality and trusted by therapists, prescribers, dealers and consumers to be the best. With the addition of ROHO cushions to the family, Permobil can now offer world class powered solutions along with a complete seating solution.”

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