ACTION TECHNOLOGY ANNOUNCES CONTEMPORARY NEW SUPERLIGHT
WHEELCHAIR DESIGNS FOR SPORTS AND KIDS
ATLANTA, Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Action Technology, a division of Invacare Corporation (NASDAQ/NMS: IVCR) today announced continued expansion of both its composite and aluminum frame superlight wheelchair offerings. Action Technology will unveil three new contemporary superlights, plus two new versions of existing models on Nov. 14 at the National Home Health Care Exposition in the Georgia World Congress Center. Invacare is the world's largest manufacturer of wheelchairs.
Mark Sullivan, marketing manager for Action Technoloy, said that the firm now holds the number two market share position in the superlight manual segment of the industry, after only seriously entering the market just one year ago. "Action Technology represents the leading edge in the movement to evolve wheelchairs from medicinal-looking contraptions to consumer products loaded with performance features, color and design," he said.
Sullivan went on to say, "Last year at this time, Action Technology introduced the world's first composite frame wheelchair. Composites are the future of the industry and we're excited to be broadening our offering with the Action FX and the Action AC, the first significantly new superlight wheelchair designs in years."
The all new models are:
-- Action FX - a high-performance, composite superlight for sports use. With its molded, advanced composite side frame, the Action FX is the latest in superlights, designed differently than anything else on the market. At less than 21 lbs. fully equipped, the Action FX boasts aerodynamically designed crossbars for caster adjustment, alignment and location, and a rigid, honeycomb composite seatpan which provides a stable base for athletic performance. A one-piece axle bar allows for perfect center-of-gravity adjustment and a 70 degree front end angle allows for maximum tuck and maneuverability. Loose joints and breakage are avoided due to its precision composite structural engineering, with no bolt through holes. With its radical styling, the Action FX is also suitable for everyday use. Available spring of 1992.
-- Action Super Pro-T - the ultimate sports-enthusiasts rigid aluminum chair yielding better fit, superior strength and faster turns. The Action Super Pro-T has a squeeze frame design which lowers the athlete's center of gravity and improves stability. Roller blades are used in place of traditional front wheels to reduce resistance and produce a sharper turning radius, plus they look great. A tapered front end positions and protects the legs as well as bringing the casters in for better turning response. The Action Super Pro-T will be available Jan. 1, 1992 in a wide range of hot colors.
-- Action MVP - a streamlined folding aluminum chair with exceptional styling that looks, works and rides like a rigid. The MVP is very generous in terms of styling and performance. Its sleek, curved frame and execptional positioning deliver a new world of convenience, control and confidence. Unlike other folding chairs on the market, the Action MVP is designed so the person using it is the main attraction, not the chair. Available immediately, in a wide range of designer colors and upholstery packages. Seventy degree tapered or 70 degree non-tapered swingaway footrests are optional.
New options being introduced to existing products are:
-- a redesigned front end on the Action Jr., a folding aluminum superlight for children, including an adjustable angle footplate and a one-piece adjustable angle footplate.
-- an adjustable-angle front end on the Action AC, rigid frame composite chair with contemporary styling for everyday use, which allows personal front angle settings anywhere from 60 to 90 degrees.
In addition, Action Technology is announcing new pricing on the Action AC Advance Carbon Fiber Composite chair. Formerly retailing for about $2200, the Action AC will now have a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $1,895, which brings it into the Medicare reimbursable range. "Until now, all composite chairs have been retailing in the $3,000 range which is priced too high for Medicare coverage and is unaffordable for many persons. We felt it was time to make the latest technology available at an affordable price, and are pleased to be the first manufacturer to do so," said Sullivan.
Action Technology is a divison of Invacare Corporation and manufactures a full line of high-performance, superlight wheelchairs. Launched in 1990, Action Technology introduced the world's first wheelchair made of advancec carbon fiber composites, such as those used in high-performance racing bicycles, tennis racquets and in the American space exploration program. Action Technology is located in North Ridgeville, Ohio and operates a satellite manufacturing facility in Fresno, Calif.
/CONTACT: Gerald Blouch (investor), 216-329-6190, or Kathleen Obert (media), 216-329-6696, both of Invacare/
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