Permobil Acquires Canada’s PDG Mobility

Permobil has acquired PDG Mobility, a Canadian manufacturer of manual tilt-in-space wheelchairs.

In a Sept. 13 announcement, Permobil said the acquisition “adds expertise and a leading range of tilt-in-space products to Permobil’s best-in-class portfolio of complex rehabilitation solutions. PDG is renowned for products with extremely high durability, unique and improved functionality, and attractive design, as well as industry-leading customer support.”

Permobil added there would be “no immediate change or impact to PDG’s customers.”

Chuck Witkowski, President of Permobil Americas, said in the announcement, “I’m delighted to welcome PDG Mobility to the Permobil family. At Permobil, we are committed to providing end users with the highest quality, most clinically relevant solutions. PDG’s portfolio meets that standard. PDG Mobility and Permobil are built on the same core values of a focus on the end user and their needs.”

Thomas Dietsch, PDG’s CEO, said, “We look forward to continuing our rapid growth journey as part of Permobil. With Permobil’s global reach and expertise in the field, this acquisition will allow PDG to expand our reach and end user impact. We couldn’t be more excited to join forces with the top manufacturer in the industry.”

Vancouver-based PDG is known for its Fuze, Eclipse, Bentley, and Stellar lines. In August, PDG announced it would discontinue production of the Elevation wheelchair — an ultralightweight chair with on-the-fly seat elevation and anterior tilt — as of Aug. 31.

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