Küschall

Küschall AG, headquartered in Witterswil, Switzerland, is a wheelchair manufacturing company.

Küschall AG
AG
IndustryRehabilitation
Founded(1978 (1978))
FounderRainer Küschall
Headquarters,
Productswheelchairs
Number of employees
80 (2017)[citation needed]
Websitewww.kuschall.com

HistoryEdit

1978–1995Edit

 
Kuschall headquarters in Witterswil near Basel

The company was founded in 1978 by Rainer Küschall who was quadriplegic. Küschall's first successful model was the "Competition", which featured a new lightweight design.[1][2] The first products were made at the beginning in the living room by the founder. Later the company moved into a property in Allschwil. In 1986 "Küschall of America" was opened followed two years later by "Küschall of Chile". Both companies, however, were disbanded only a few years later disbanded to be able to maintain the short distribution times.

1995 to todayEdit

 
Küschall Competition – the first wheelchair in monotube design, 1985

Since 1995 the company has been a member of the Invacare group and has built its global presence. 2005 the company moved from Allschwil to Witterswil. The new site has been designed for greater production and an increasing number of people and has a modern infrastructure in the newly created Technology Center Witterswil.[3]

TechnologyEdit

Monotube designEdit

The Küschall AG released in 1985 the first wheelchair with a minimum frame design on the market.

Low Impact System (L.I.S.)Edit

In 2007 Küschall launched a shock absorbing module, "LIS" low impact system which was installed in the R33 wheelchair to increase comfort.[4]

Vario axleEdit

In the late nineties the Vario-axle was released on the market, a model which allowed the camber to be adjusted for the first time.[3]

AwardsEdit

In 1985, Rainer Küschall was awarded for the "Competition" wheelchair with the prestigious Designer Award from the Museum of Modern Art in New York (where he is also on display). In 2003 the company won the JB Richey Innovation Award for the wheelchair model "Champion", followed by the Red Dot Design Award in 2004 for the model "Fusion".[5] The Model R33 was awarded for its unique shock absorption system in 2007 with the Janus Award, the Coup de Coeur and 2008 with the Rehacare Best Design Award[6][7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Guido A. Zäch: cross-section in longitudinal section: primary care, lifelong care, 12th Annual Meeting of the German-Medical Society of Paraplegia (DMGP), 15–18 Sept. 1999 Swiss Paraplegic Centre Nottwil, Nottwil 2000, pp. 102 et seq.
  2. ^ René Ruepp: Orthopädie-Technik in der Schweiz : Chronik eines medizinischen Handwerks, Zürcher medical historical treatises 292, Juris-Druck + Verlag, Dietikon 2002, p. 165
  3. ^ a b Küschall AG – company history
  4. ^ information about the shock-absorber Archived 2015-07-03 at the Wayback Machine (German)
  5. ^ Albrecht Marignoni: Küschall wheelchair at Rehacare awarded, orthopoint.com, 16. Oktober 2008
  6. ^ red dot projects gives the REHACARE DESIGN AWARD 2008/2009.
  7. ^ Albrecht Marignoni: http://www.urbanhandicap.org/magazin/19532008.html Invacare wheelchair Rehacare awarded , orthopoint.com 16 October 2008

External linksEdit

kuschall.com