Permobil launches renewed R&D drive to gain market advantage

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Permobil, which supplies a number of high-end power and mobility products, has invested in a research and development (R&D) drive to push innovation and help it claw an edge over competition.

The supplier has appointed Catharina Modahl Nilsson as its executive vice president for R&D, who will be tasked with “spearhead[ing] innovation”.

She will aim to secure a competitive advantage when it comes to innovation, product development and cost position within powerchairs, manual wheelchairs, seating solutions and power assist devices.

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Nilsson will also head up Permobil’s newly formed global group R&D function based in Sweden.

Bengt Thorsson, Permobil CEO,  said Nilsson will be responsible for spearheading innovation across all product segments at Permobil.

He said: ”Her appointment and the formation of a central research and development function is part of our business strategy to bring innovation to our users and operational excellence.”

Nilsson said: “Permobil is synonymous with innovation. I am looking forward to bringing the next generation of products to market. My focus will be building synergies in R&D across the company and continuing our competitive advantage.”

Nilsson joins Permobil following a long career from the Scania Group and most recently the Traton Group, where she has held various senior management positions within R&D as well as product and project management.

She has been an elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) since 2009. She has a Masters of Science in Vehicle Engineering degree from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm. Nilsson will be based in the Kista (Stockholm) office.

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