The humanitarian basic view is profound and has a long tradition within Etac. It has its origin in the pioneering social efforts of Elise Ottesen-Jensen, founder of our company owner RFSU, in the early 1930’s. To finance the educational mission, RFSU started to sell a few technical aids. These products were, however, not very attractive. In 1972 this gave birth to the idea of developing own, attractive and functional products of better quality under the name RFSU Rehab.
Already from the start the products were developed with the user´s needs as basis, in close co-operation with industrial designers. The result was products with form and function which by far surpassed the standard at the time.
Therapists made our products a success
Therapists were hired to provide better in-house knowledge of the user’s everyday life. This is a decision we are very glad to have taken. They knew what was missing in the healthcare business, and soon many new technical aids were produced. Our home care products became an immediate success.
A young inventive man who changed Etac
In 1977 a young man working on the family farm had an accident with a tractor which overturned. The accident resulted in a spinal injury. His active nature was incompatible with the wheelchairs of the time and soon he started to make his own wheelchairs. Etac recognized his skill and hired him as a Product Manager. With his experience and knowledge as basis Etac developed and introduced one of the first active wheelchairs to the market.
The first four-wheeled walker with svivel castors in the front
In 1985 the company launched the first four-wheeled walker Nova, which set the standard for walkers today. Now Etac produces a wide range of walkers.
RFSU Rehab and Etac were sister companies until they merged under the name Etac in 1999.
|Etac’s previous owner, RFSU founded by Elise Ottesen Jensen|
||RFSU Rehab started product development and sales of attractive assistive devices|
||Etac wheelchair development started|
||Etac launch of the Nova – the world's first 4-wheeled walker with svivel castors in the front|
||Merger RFSU Rehab/Etac|
||HandPro AS becomes a part of Etac, manufacturer of Balder power wheelchairs|
||Nordstjernan, new owner (60%)|
||Launch of new lift program|
||Product rights to HandiNor's comfort wheelchairs|
||Immedia A/S becomes a part of Etac|
||Molift A/S becomes a part of Etac|
||R82 A/S becomes a part of Etac|
||Nordstjernan fully owner|