Etac, Convaid and R82 to exhibit at International Seating Symposium

Updated Rodeo and Trekker by Convaid; Kudu and Wombat Living by R82 debut at ISS while Star, a part of Etac, presents its stabilizing air cell cushions. Meet us in Booth 116 in Nashville, TN, USA from March 1-3!

Torrance, CA, USA, February 27, 2017 

This is the first year that R82, Convaid, Etac, Immedia, Molift and Star will exhibit together at the International Seating Symposium (ISS) to be held at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center, in Nashville, TN, from March 1-3, 2017.

Members of the business development team will be on hand in Booth 116 to present clinical benefits of products within the categories of mobility, walking, standing, seating, transportation and hygiene.

Now in its 33rd year, the symposium brings together 2,000 international attendees and is considered the world’s leading educational and scientific conference in the sector of wheelchair seating and mobility.

R82, Convaid and Etac provide a comprehensive portfolio of special needs care products that can enhance quality-of-life from early childhood through the adult years. Similarly, each brand offers products that are specifically geared to patients living with a broad range of disease states, facilitating mobility, comfort and daily living.

ISS educational offerings will include research forums, workshops, access to scientific and clinical papers, an extensive exhibit hall and panel sessions, including Past, Present and Future of Tilt-and-Recline Wheelchairs to be presented by R82 Convaid seating expert K. Missy Ball, MT, PT, ATP, pediatric NDT and industry colleagues, on March 2, 2017 from 4:00-5:15PM. The session will focus on past, present and future design of tilt-in-space. Tilt-in-space and recline will be explored with clinical relevance.

The R82 x:Panda will be used during PC07: Dynamic Seating – Providing Movement and Why, a pre-ISS session on dynamic seating on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 8:00AM-12PM, presented by seating experts Michelle Lange, Jessica Pedersen, Jill Sparacio, Sharon Sutherland, and Suzanne Eason.

Director, Marketing Nanneke Dinklo and Executive Advisor Kieron Slocombe will join R82 Convaid North America Sales Managers Charles Larose and Stephen Ricker; Business Development Representatives Sally Mallory, Barry Reidmiller and Curtis Philyaw in Booth 116.

The following is a breakdown of new products to be offered at ISS (by brand grouping):

Convaid and R82 – Pediatric:

Kudu | The Kudu was designed to offer easy adjustability while addressing the clinical needs of the child and the ergonomic requirements of caregivers. Available in 4 sizes, the base of the seat and the backrest are both height and depth adjustable. With -3° to 45° of tilt and -5° to 30° of recline, the Self-centering, tilt-in-space Kudu maintains the child’s center of gravity, ensuring optimum balance and positioning. This feature allows for easy maneuvering and effortless tilting of the seat, even with the back reclined. The backrest is adjustable from an easily accessible lever beneath the seat, and rear wheel adjustment is possible in 3 different positions. The Kudu is highly customizable with many options, including head, trunk, foot and leg positioning options. The Kudu complies with ISO 7176-19 standards for safe transportation.

Trekker | A tilt-in-space, lightweight wheelchair, the Trekker is an all-day chair that opens up a world of exciting treks! With the flexibility of 180° reversible seating, the occupant can either face forward or face the caregiver. The Trekker easily separates into 2 lightweight components – the base and the seating module, which makes compact folding simple. Available with 2 back module options – back canes only or a solid back system with cushion – the Trekker accepts various brands of adaptive and aftermarket seating to fully accommodate clinical needs. Variable positioning options allow up to 170° of adjustable recline and up to -5° to +45° of adjustable tilt. Center of gravity is maintained when the user is balanced in the seating module, and it promotes ease of tilting and operation with minimum effort. Convaid’s dedication to continuous new improvements has delivered new features such as individual footplates, a padded footbox and a greater selection of head supports. The Trekker has a transit-ready option and meets WC19 safety standards for safe transportation.

Rodeo | The leader in tilt-in-space, compact-folding, lightweight and durable positioning systems, the Rodeo is perfect for someone who needs more involved positioning and support. Two frame options – with and without seating – allow for adaptive and more extensive seating options with 5° to 45° of adjustable tilt and 90° or 110° of adjustable recline provide pressure relief and upper body support and dynamic positioning promotes increased sitting tolerance. Custom built to individual user’s needs, the Rodeo’s adjustable seat depth extends chair life for a growing child, providing 5 years of growth capabilities. Foot and leg positioning options include a one-piece footplate or individual, angle adjustable footplates, a padded footbox for comfort and safety, and an elevating leg rest. Numerous pelvic, trunk and head support positioning options help to ensure the best, most therapeutic and comfortable fit. The easy clamshell fold-flat design and adjustable tension upholstery make the Rodeo a top choice for both users and caregivers. The Rodeo has a transit-ready option, and has met WC19 safety standards for safe transportation.

Wombat Living | The new Wombat Living is a state-of-the art functional activity chair developed through engagement with therapists, crafted to meet the wide-ranging needs of toddlers to teens and young adults. It comes with a height-adjustable frame with anterior tilt to facilitate transfer to avoid repetitive lifting. It is available in an array of fresh colors to compliment any indoor environment. The Wombat Living comes in three configurable sizes, to optimally fit the user while active at school, home or interacting with friends.

Etac, Immedia, Molift – Adults – wheelchairs, hygiene, transfer, slings and hoists:

The award-winning, lightweight and easily transportable Molift Smart 150 folds into one piece without using any tools. It is easy to operate in narrow spaces and provides safe, easy and comfortable patient transfer with a hoisting range of 27–168 cm (10.6”–66.1”). It provides over 5 feet of hoisting height and can hoist from the floor. Standard 4-point sling suspension ensures a comfortable and spacious hoisting position for the user.

Star, a part of Etac – Stabilizing air cell cushions:

Star Cushion Products, Inc. became a part of the Etac Group in October 2016. Star delivers cohesive and holistic pressure care solutions to wheelchair users. Star products are based on proven multi-celled patented air solutions that deliver world-class pressure care and comfort throughout optimized positioning, stability and pressure redistribution. This is vital for wheelchair users with poor posture, tissue viability issues, pressure sores or circulation problems. Star has developed and broadened the air cell technology and offers a variety of models that combine top pressure redistribution qualities with high stability. Proximal stability is the key to distal mobility. Comfort is the key to improved sitting tolerance over time. Ability Base Seating TM describes Etac’s approach to sitting and how it can be optimized through correct positioning and maximum stability.

“It is exciting to be able to offer even more comfortable and curative pressure care solutions to wheelchair users. Our multi-celled patented air solutions will not only make sitting for extended periods of time more comfortable, but will aid in better positioning, seating stability and pressure redistribution,” says Lars Ohlson, ‎Business Area Manager, Pressure Care at Etac Group.
“ISS is always an exciting show for us. It is an optimal venue to share the latest on our products with the people at the front line of pediatric special needs care. This year, we are excited to share our tilt-in-space portfolio that includes the new Kudu and improved Stingray, Rodeo and Trekker wheelchairs. We bring a complete line of mobility, seating, standing, walking, transportation and hygiene products to ISS as we equally look forward to learning about new developments in the seating and mobility community,” says Director, Marketing Nanneke Dinklo.

About the Etac Group | The Etac Group delivers an award-winning range of brands: Etac (bathing and toileting, aids for daily living and wheelchairs), Immedia (manual transfer), Molift (hoists and slings), Convaid and R82 (pediatric). Etac operates sales companies in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States with an extensive network of distributors in 45 countries around the world.

About R82 | Based in Denmark, R82 develops and produces innovative aids and appliances for special need children and young adults. These are tailored to individual needs based on comprehensive product development and clinical input. R82 prides itself on a high caliber of quality of service and customer engagement.

About Convaid | Convaid, the company that invented the adaptive assisted wheelchair, has helped special needs children and their families live fuller, more productive lives since 1976. Convaid produces high-performance, easy-to-use and attractive mobility products for all stages of a young person’s life, from infancy to young adulthood. Each product is custom-built to individual specifications to provide optimum comfort, safety and convenience.

Convaid and R82 develop and manufacture premium pediatric products typically prescribed for children with mild to moderate involvement of the following conditions: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Spinal Bifida, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Cystic Fibrosis, Mitochondrial Disease, Metabolic Diseases, and Sensory Processing Disorders, among others.

Contact: Milena Rimassa, Marketing Communications Manger, +1 (310) 755-7854,

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