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Bariatric Transport Wheelchairs Market Overview

The global bariatric transport wheelchairs market size is anticipated to be worth US$ 1.00 Bn in 2022. During the projection period of 2022 to 2032, the market is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 5.7%, with a valuation of US$ 1.74 Bn by 2032.

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Market Value (2022) US$ 1.00 Billion
Market Forecast Value (2032) US$ 1.74 Billion
Market CAGR (2022 to 2032) 5.7%

It is estimated that obesity is affecting 1/3 of the North American population, which translates into 58 million people approximately. Various studies have shown that in the United States, almost 25% of the people with disabilities were obese as compared to 15% of people without disabilities. It is evident that at a certain weight, even people with normal strength are not able to functionally propel a wheelchair. Since rolling resistance is related to weight, a person with disability and who is obese will require greater strength to propel a manual wheelchair.

The number of people using wheelchairs in the United States is estimated to be around 2.2 million. Worldwide, it is estimated that 100-130 million people with disabilities need wheelchairs, however, less than 10% have access to one. Experts predict that the number of people who need wheelchairs will increase by 22% during the next ten years.

In the United States, there are over 170 wheelchair manufacturers, and there total reported income was $1.33 billion. However, out of these, only five companies reported sales greater than $100 million. The wheelchair market is expected to exhibit a robust growth. This growth is due to the ageing baby boomers, growing life span and a rapidly ageing population. In the United States, wheelchairs account for about 1% of Medicare spending. Thus, it is evident that bariatric transport wheelchairs market is poised to exhibit a sustained growth in the coming decade.

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  • One of the biggest health concerns in the modern population is obesity. The prolonged effort needed to walk, move about, and to maintain a normal way of life is one of the foremost challenges that people with obesity face.
  • The market for bariatric transport wheelchairs is now expanding rapidly due to the rising need for mobility aids for obese people. The market is expected to develop as a result of rising disease awareness, growing value of early detection, and rising spending on chronic illnesses.
  • The market is also impacted by an increase in the number of bariatric operations and technical developments in medical devices that aim to enhance healthcare facilities.
  • Their demand is also increased by worries about the possibility of accidents to patients and caregivers as well as the effectiveness of the handling equipment.
  • Additionally, the market for bariatric transport wheelchairs benefits from the introduction of laws and guidelines related to the security of medical professionals when performing manual lifting.
  • Along with rising disposable incomes in both developed and developing nations worldwide, the bariatric transport wheelchairs market is anticipated to be driven by recent advancements in the healthcare sector and expanding technical research.
  • The high cost of equipment and its maintenance, as well as the lack of training required to operate the equipment, are impeding the growth of the bariatric patient care handling equipment market.
  • Automated segment is set to dominate in the technology aspect as it provides more convenience and features in comparison to the manual, which is leading its adoption at a higher rate among patients and in medical institutes.
  • North America is anticipated to have considerable bariatric transport wheelchairs market expansion during the projected period as a developed region with growing busy lifestyles and rising unhealthy and packaged food consumption.
  • Asia-Pacific is expected to have the highest CAGR because of the region's growing population, development in healthcare infrastructure, increase in caregiver injury incidences, and favorable government policies for the safety of medical professionals and patients.
  • To take advantage of the enormous untapped market prospects in the developing world, the market's top companies are concentrating on creating products that are both affordable and of excellent quality. The rising expenditure on research and development as well as the rising number of new product approvals are evidence of this.
  • This report includes company profiles for Medline Industries Inc., Acorn Stairlifts, 21st Century Scientific Inc., Drive Medical Design and Manufacturing, Bios Living, GF Health Products Inc., Invacare Corporation, Karman Healthcare, Pride Mobility, and Advanced Healthcare. It also discusses the current competitive landscape for some of the key players in the global bariatric transport wheelchair market.

Bariatric Transport Wheelchairs Market: Drivers

Due to the fact that about one third of the North American population is now obese, wheelchair manufacturers are still reacting slowly to the demand for bariatric mobility equipment, thus providing opportunities for new players in the market. It is estimated that bariatric products are going to be the fastest growing mobility aid segment in the near future. All this could lead to a greater product innovation and intense competition in the bariatric transport wheelchair market.

The power wheelchair systems possess a front wheel drive, centre wheel drive and rear wheel drive. This fulfils the demand for different driving handling characteristics under varying conditions. Such type of bariatric transport wheelchairs can be used both in the indoor and outdoor environments.

Typically, bariatric transport wheelchairs are used for individuals who weigh over 250 pounds and who have a BMI of greater than 25. Such kind of wheelchairs are built to handle the additional mass to custom products that can accommodate people weighing up to 1000 pounds. One of the significant mobility challenges for individuals using the bariatric transport wheelchair is the additional width of the wheelchair, which in some cases is as much as 60 inches.

In view of the favourable healthcare policies of the United States government, reimbursement is driving the power wheelchair market. In addition, due to a rapidly aging population, more people are frail and need assistance for mobility. Power wheelchair market was valued at $1.5 billion in the year 2015 and is expected to reach $2.4 billion in 2022.

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Bariatric Transport Wheelchairs Market: Restraints

Even though the market is recognizing the need for bariatric transport wheelchairs, there are some restrains affecting the growth in this segment. These include a lack of skilled training and knowledge to handle obese patients and there is a lack of caregivers in this particular segment. In addition, there are no specific minimum weight requirements or code to follow in the manufacturing of bariatric transport wheelchairs.

Bariatric Transport Wheelchairs: Key Regions

North America and Europe are the most lucrative markets for bariatric transport wheelchairs. Factors such as increasing rates of non-communicable diseases leading to disability and a growing epidemic of obesity are contributing factors driving the growth of bariatric transport wheelchairs market in these regions. In addition, government regulations in the healthcare arena are giving more people access to bariatric transport wheelchairs. The Asia Pacific region is also exhibiting a robust growth in the bariatric transport wheelchairs market.

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Bariatric Transport Wheelchairs Market: Key Market Players

21st Century Scientific Inc., Drive Medical Design and Manufacturing, GF Health Products Inc., Invacare Corporation and Karman Healthcare are the key market players in North America.

The research report presents a comprehensive assessment of the market and contains thoughtful insights, facts, historical data, and statistically supported and industry-validated market data. It also contains projections using a suitable set of assumptions and methodologies. The research report provides analysis and information according to market segments such as geographies, types and applications.

The report covers exhaustive analysis on

  • Market Segments
  • Market Dynamics
  • Market Size
  • Supply & Demand
  • Current Trends/Issues/Challenges
  • Competition & Companies involved
  • Technology
  • Value Chain

Regional analysis includes

  • North America (U.S., Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico. Brazil)
  • Western Europe (Germany, Italy, France, U.K, Spain)
  • Eastern Europe (Poland, Russia)
  • Asia Pacific (China, India, ASEAN, Australia & New Zealand)
  • Japan
  • Middle East and Africa (GCC, S. Africa, N. Africa)

The report is a compilation of first-hand information, qualitative and quantitative assessment by industry analysts, inputs from industry experts and industry participants across the value chain. The report provides in-depth analysis of parent market trends, macro-economic indicators and governing factors along with market attractiveness as per segments. The report also maps the qualitative impact of various market factors on market segments and geographies.

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