Advances in medical technology and an ageing population look set to fuel demand for wheelchairs and mobility scooters, according to a new report.
The study by California-based market research specialist BizAcumen noted that demand for wheelchairs is also being driven by changes in legislation governing accessibility to buildings and workplaces.
Furthermore, it forecast that the market will continue to grow as more baby boomers look after elderly parents while using mobility aids themselves.
In addition, there is likely to be an increase in demand for mobility scooters and wheelchairs thanks to advances in medical technology saving the lives of more adults and premature infants.
BizAcumen noted that a wide range of powered and manual wheelchairs are now available.
Thanks to the “intensive efforts” and a great deal of innovation on the part of manufacturers, it added that many wheelchairs come in more lightweight and ultra-light designs.