Permobil has announced its acquisition of Italian manual wheelchair manufacturer, Progeo.
The transaction, which is expected to close in June subject to regulatory approval, strengthens Permobil’s presence in the Italian market while improving its portfolio of manual wheelchairs in Europe.
Bengt Thorsson, CEO of Permobil, said: “With the acquisition of Progeo, Permobil significantly increases its presence in the manual wheelchair segment in Europe. Progeo´s products will be available to users in more countries at the same time as this deal increases the possibility to offer Permobil´s product range in Italy.
“I’m proud to welcome Progeo, with their expertise within complex rehab and unique wheelchairs designed to represent the personality of the users, to Permobil. This is an important step in our overall strategy of developing the next generation of advanced assistive technology and services for individuals.”
Luciano Nosella, co-founder of Progeo, commented: “I believe this is a perfect match. Progeo and Permobil share a long-standing tradition of offering innovative solutions by always putting the individual first. The manual wheelchairs from Progeo will now be available throughout Europe thanks to Permobil’s direct sales presence in many countries.”
Markus Mauer, Permobil Regional President Europe, added: “With Progeo on board we see great opportunities in complementing our manual wheelchair offering with ultralight manual wheelchairs and carbon fibre models in Europe. Progeo is known for its high-quality products, careful selection of materials, and moreover, showing respect and consideration to the individuals who use the products. This goes hand-in-hand with the values of Permobil. We look forward to continuing the innovation journey with our users in focus.”