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Manual wheelchairs simply needed to be better

 

Eric Simoneau and David Gingras, co-founders of Motion Composites, started the process of designing a better manual wheelchair while they attended college. They both recognized lightweight manual wheelchairs at the time were heavy and inefficient. As a result, this restricted the lifestyle and quality of life for most wheelchair users. Eric and David assembled a diverse team of aerospace engineers, clinicians, and industrial designers to produce a highly responsive and efficient lightweight manual wheelchair. Their mission — create a clean-sheet design for the perfect wheelchair.

 

Deploying the world’s most advanced technology, high-end materials and cutting-edge engineering, Motion Composites launched the first Helio wheelchair in 2008. In the process, it revolutionized how people think about wheelchairs.

 

Since its inception, Motion Composites has developed a family of innovative high-performance manual wheelchairs. Each wheelchair is the lightest in its class and true to the founders’ vision of improving lives by providing enhanced mobility.

Between 2008 and 2013, Motion Composites grew sales a remarkable 2241%, earning an impressive 26th place on the 2014 Profit 500 List of the fastest growing companies in Canada. Motion Composites wheelchairs are available today in 18 countries.

 


2017

Red Dot Design Award: Product Design

Motion Composites was honoured with a prestigious 2017 Red Dot Design Award: Product Design for the APEX, its adjustable rigid wheelchair. The Red Dot distinction is the world’s most prestigious label honouring outstanding design quality.


2016

CSMC 2016

Motion Composites APEX wheelchair voted most innovative product by attendees of the 2016 Canadian Seating and Mobility Conference.

HMBE

Motion Composites received the New Product Award for the APEX. With a transport weight of just 9.2 pounds (4.2 kg), APEX is the lightest fully-adjustable rigid wheelchair in its class.


2015

Motion Composites Launches the Move

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The lightest folding standard wheelchair available. The Move also boasts two ergonomic rear wheel positions making it the most propulsion efficient standard wheelchair yet and all in a durable and affordable package.


2014

PROFIT 500

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Motion Composites ranks 26 out of the top 500 fastest growing companies in Canada according to the 2014 Profit 500 list, with an astounding 2241% growth since 2008.

CSMC AWARD 2014

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Motion Composites Helio C2 Heavy Duty Wheelchair voted most innovative product by attendees of the 2014 Canadian Seating and Mobility Conference.

HELIO C2 HD

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Motion Composites launches the Helio C2 HD Wheelchair – the lightest folding heavy-duty wheelchair in the world, with a weight capacity of 350 lbs. (159 kg). Incredibly, this wheelchair weighs only six ounces (176 g) more than the standard Helio C2 wheelchair.


2013

CSMC AWARD 2013

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Motion Composites Veloce wheelchair voted most innovative product by attendees at the 2013 Canadian Seating and Mobility Conference.

VELOCE

Veloce

Motion Composites launches the Veloce — the lightest folding wheelchair in the world. The Veloce is the first and only folding chair to be granted rigid chair status by Ontario’s Assistive Devices Provincial Funding Program.

HELIO C2

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Motion Composites launches the Helio C2 – a carbon fiber second generation wheelchair. With its impressive five-pound (2.2 kg) weight reduction over the Helio C1, it weighs at least nine pounds (4 kg) less than the next heaviest chair on the market.


2012

HELIO A7

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Motion Composites launches the Helio A7 — the lightest folding adjustable aluminum wheelchair.


2010

CSMC AWARD 2010

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Motion Composites Helio C1 wheelchair voted most innovative product by attendees of the 2010 Canadian Seating and Mobility Conference.

HELIO KIDS

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Motion Composites launches the Helio Kids Carbon Fiber Wheelchair.


2009

GÉNIE INNOVATEUR

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Motion Composites awarded Génie Innovator Distinction Award from the Order of Québec Engineers.


2008

HELIO C1

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Motion Composites launches sales in Canada with their first lightweight carbon fiber wheelchair: The Helio C1 – the lightest folding adjustable wheelchair available.