New Etac Ability Based Seating™ & 'Shape Up!' concept to revolutionise wheelchair design at RehaCare

23. Sep. 2016.

Under a new initiative called ‘Shape Up!’, the world-leading assistive product specialist Etac, will be launching the new Ability Based SeatingTM wheelchair concept at Rehacare (Hall 04, stands D24 & 25, Messe Düsseldorf, 28 Sept – 1 Oct).

Etac will be working in partnership with its paediatric brand R82 at Rehacare (stand E25, Hall 04) and is providing a joint Etac R82 meeting lounge – located adjacently. This lounge will be the location for the ‘Launch Lunch’ event – 28 Sept 12:30-13:30 – ALL VISITORS AND PRESS WELCOME

The Etac Group has provided quality Scandinavian-inspired products that create possibilities for disabled adults and children for over 40 years. It delivers an award-winning range of brands: Etac, R82, Convaid, Immedia and Molift. Its ergonomic equipment includes manual wheelchairs, supportive seating, patient transfer solutions, bathing and toileting products and aids for daily living. Etac is a specialist in wheelchair design and is proud to launch its latest innovative concept at Rehacare - Ability Based SeatingTM.

Awareness of this pioneering approach to wheelchair configuration is being raised through the new ‘Shape Up!’ initiative– aimed at informing healthcare professionals, trade suppliers and end users about the benefits of more advanced bespoke seating. As everyone is different Etac believes there is no one-fits-all solution that is appropriate for a wheelchair user. This initiative aims to improve the activity and mobility level of wheelchair users through an ability based spine, trunk and pelvis support.  Poor posture including slumping/sliding and asymmetrical alignment can all lead to multiple health issues. Ability Based SeatingTM can help stop this and change peoples’ lives.

Ability Based SeatingTM can enhance the Occupational Performance of a wheelchair user through innovative postural support. The new back support design incorporated into Etac wheelchairs, such as the proven Cross 5, now provides infinite adjustment in terms of angle and contour – to be fitted with the user in the wheelchair. With an improved postural control combined with adaptable wheelchair mechanics including seat height adjustment and options to maximize propulsion, the user´s abilities are in focus instead of disabilities. Simply ‘Ability Based Seating’TM.



The ‘Shape Up!’ initiative is addressing how a more active lifestyle is possible in a wheelchair. The following improvements can be assisted by following the principles of Ability Based SeatingTM:

  • Improved ability to control the upper body
  • Greater Occupational Performance 
  • Longer seating tolerance
  • Reduced back pain and fatigue
  • Better internal organ function
  • More communication
  • Easier breathing, eating and drinking
  • Avoidance of Musculoskeletal deformities such as Kyphosis and Scoliosis
  • Happier, healthier living!


Everyone has a different shape – so does every Etac wheelchair. The Ability Based SeatingTM concept also allows for back support configurations to change over time so the wheelchair user is always supported and remains as active as possible. The introduction of this new programme at Rehacare is part of a wider series of new product launches by the Etac Group.  Torben Helbo, Etac CEO, comments: “The multiple Etac Group product launches at Rehacare 2016 represent a significant milestone in our business and throughout the healthcare product sector. Our latest products, including the new Ability Based Seating’TMconcept, will ensure greater numbers of people affected by restricted mobility can enjoy a more fulfilling and rewarding life, with greater independence, care and dignity.”


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For further information please contact:

Magdalena Rydén, Group Marketing Manager
Etac AB
Mob: +46 (0)70-627 78 78