Wheelchair Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Wheelchair Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Manual, Electric), By Category (Adult, Pediatric), By Application (Homecare, Hospitals, Ambulatory Surgical Centers), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2021 - 2028

  • Published Date: Jan, 2021
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2020
  • Report ID: GVR-3-68038-682-0
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2016 - 2019
  • Number of Pages: 114

Report Overview

The global wheelchair market size was valued at USD 2.7 billion in 2020 and is expected to expand at a CAGR of 8.0% from 2021 to 2028. Rising population of geriatrics and the rise in number of disorders such as spinal cord injuries requiring mobility assistance are some of the key factors driving the market. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), approximately 17,730 new spinal cord injuries occur in the U.S. every year, with vehicular crashes being the leading cause of injury. Thus, the U.S. stands as a key market for wheelchair.

U.S. wheelchair market size, by product, 2016 - 2028 (USD Million)

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 15.0% (or 1 billion) population is suffering from some form of disability that requires mobility aids. Furthermore, growing chronic disorders as compared to other diseases are majorly increasing disability, creating demand for wheelchairs.

Developing countries such as India are expected to be key revenue generators for wheelchair manufacturers over the forecast period. The country has one of the highest rates of road accidents at a global level, leaving several people disabled. It also has one of the highest disabled population at a global level. In terms of availability and adoption, the country is still at the nascent stage, however, with growing awareness among consumers and supportive government initiatives demand for wheelchairs is expected to boost in the years to come.

Evolving technological advancements in wheelchair designs is a key trend expected to drive future sales for the market. The launch of electric wheelchairs that are operated by batteries is expected to assist the users to a better extent. Along with design improvement, we are also witnessing innovations that are capable of storing and connecting the device with the patient’s medical history, alarm for distress calls in emergency cases, and even monitor their health at crucial signs. In March 2020, Invacare Corporation launched a new product of power wheelchair under the brand name, Invacare AVIVA FX Power Wheelchair. It serves current front-wheel-drive users with a chair. It helps make short work of curbs, slopes, and uneven surfaces while keeping the user in control and comfort.

The COVID-19 pandemic had significantly affected the transport and mobility sector. It had disrupted the -supply channel of wheelchair to a great extent. Wheelchair operations were halted across several countries owing to strict lockdowns being implemented. Hospitals have witnessed consistent demand owing to a spike in the number of elderly populations getting admitted due to the COVID-19 infection. With the ease of lockdown, companies are expected to resume operations.

Product Insights

The manual segment dominated the market and accounted for the largest revenue share of 60.9% in 2020. There is a high demand for manual wheelchairs around the globe due to affordability, lightweight, and non-dependability on charging. Also, they come in a variety of configurations and weight, from standard to ultra-lightweight, require little space as a lot of the models with foldable options.

In 2019, Permobil, a leading player in advanced medical technology, launched SmartDrive PushTracker E2, an advanced power assist system for manual wheelchairs. The system significantly increases users' ability to move on uneven surfaces and aids in preventing shoulder strain injuries. Such add-on to manual wheelchair models is expected to maintain the market size for these over the forecast period.

Electric wheelchairs provide increased independence to the user owing to its ease of usage and ability to travel for longer distances without fatigue. These wheelchairs are ideal for users having no upper body strength. Electric wheelchairs are more popular in developed countries such as the U.S. owing to the availability of advanced healthcare facilities. In July 2020, Scewo, a Swiss-based company amidst the pandemic launched Scewo Bro, an electric wheelchair that can climb up and down the stairs independently and smoothly. The device is, for now, available in Switzerland, Austria, and Germany. Wheelchairs may witness some competition by other mobility aids such as walkers and cranes etc., however with growing age, all individuals eventually shift to wheelchairs as the most suited option.

Category Insights

The adults segment dominated the market and accounted for the largest revenue share of 69.4% in 2020. The segment is projected to continue its dominance over the forecast period. This is mainly due to the increasing elderly population globally, which forms part of the definition for adults. Adults comprise of individuals from the age group of 18 onwards. Disability in older people due to arthritis pain, or stiffness in a knee, hip, ankle, or foot increases the demand for wheelchairs.

The pediatric segment is also expected to grow significantly owing to the growing number of childhood disorders such as cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is one of the most common movement disorders that require wheelchairs.  According to the Cerebral Palsy Guidance, over 10, 000 babies in the U.S. are born with this disorder each year. It is the most commonly diagnosed childhood motor disability in the U.S. Thus, pediatric segment is expected to be a key revenue generator for wheelchair manufacturers in the years to come.

Application Insights

The rehabilitation centers segment dominated the market and accounted for the largest revenue share of 34.4% in 2020. The segment is projected to continue its dominance over the forecast period. The hospital segment is also projected to grow rapidly owing to the increasing medical emergencies that require wheelchairs.

Global wheelchairs market share, by application, 2020 (%)

The post-surgical procedures enhance the demand for wheelchairs. In hospitals, they are mainly used for transporting patients, which comprises everything from a trip to the hospital to a journey from a patient room for an MRI and to a visit to a doctor’s office in a large medical facility.

Regional Insights

Based on geography, North America dominated the wheelchair market in 2020 and accounted for the largest revenue share of 35.2%. This growth is owing to the growing elderly population, increasing adoption of advanced wheelchairs, and growing disabled population. Apart from this, the presence of a large number of market players is also expected to boost the wheelchairs market in the region. Furthermore, according to our analysis, a lot of small enterprises are coming up with specialized wheelchair expected to cater to niche audiences. For instance, in January 2020, U.S. based startup SEGWAY INC. launched an egg-shaped pod that allows people to sit while they effortlessly cruise around campuses, theme parks, airports, and even cities. This pod can also be used by individuals with wheelchair needs and particularly caters for transportation with a high speed of 24 mph.

In Asia Pacific, the market is projected to grow fast during the forecast period. The region is backed by large population base countries such as India and China. These countries are witnessing improvements in healthcare facilities and growing government initiatives for offering quality mobility devices.

As stated on multiple occasions, the geriatric population is a key target audience group, the proportion of which is abundant in countries such as Japan. According to an article published in The Japan Times in 2019, over 20.0% of the country’s population is over 65 years old, the highest proportion in the world. By 2030, one in every three people will be 65 or older, and one in five people will be 75-plus years old. The wide base of aging population in the country is expected to eventually increase the sale of wheelchairs in the coming years. However, the lifestyle being followed within the region may limit the requirement of wheelchairs.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The market players are introducing innovative technologies to expand their product portfolio. For instance, in September 2018, Pride Mobility Products Corp. launched the Q6 Edge 2.0 powered wheelchair, which offers a seating system to users. Wheelchair manufacturers had to halt their operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Germany based leading wheelchair manufacturer, Ottobock, witnessed double-digit growth in its wheelchair segment in 2019. However, the pandemic situation narrowed down its sales to a significant extent. Several other companies faced similar challenges. As of late 2020, the company has started its operations and has also offered e-services such as e-appointments via video calls, home delivery, and tips on its social media pages for its customers. Some of the prominent players in the wheelchair market include:

  • Carex Health Brands, Inc.

  • Drive Medical Design & Manufacturing

  • Graham-Field Health Products Inc.

  • Invacare

  • Medline

  • Sunrise Medical LLC

  • Karman Healthcare

  • Quantum Rehab

  • Numotion

  • Pride Mobility Products Corp.

Wheelchair Market Report Scope

Report Attribute

Details

Market size value in 2021

USD 2.9 billion

Revenue forecast in 2028

USD 4.9 billion

Growth rate

CAGR of 8.0% from 2021 to 2028

Base year for estimation

2020

Historical data

2016 - 2019

Forecast period

2021 - 2028

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2021 to 2028

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

Segments covered

Product, category, application, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Latin America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; U.K.; Germany; France; Italy; Spain; China; India; Japan; Australia; South Korea; Mexico; Brazil; Argentina; Colombia; South Africa; Saudi Arabia; UAE

Key companies profiled

Carex Health Brands, Inc.; Drive Medical Design & Manufacturing; Graham-Field Health Products Inc.; Invacare; Medline; Sunrise Medical LLC; Karman Healthcare; Quantum Rehab; Numotion; Pride Mobility Products Corp.

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2016 to 2028. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global wheelchair market report on the basis of product, category, application, and region:

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2028)

    • Manual

    • Electric

  • Category Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2028)

    • Adults

    • Pediatric

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2028)

    • Homecare

    • Hospitals

    • Ambulatory Surgical Centers

    • Rehabilitation Centers

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2028)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • U.K.

      • Germany

      • France

      • Italy

      • Spain

    • Asia Pacific

      • Japan

      • China

      • India

      • Australia

      • South Korea

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

      • Mexico

      • Argentina

      • Colombia

    • Middle East & Africa

      • South Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

      • UAE

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