Together with sole owner BraunAbility
, Autoadapt is the leading global provider of safe vehicle adaptation solutions for people with reduced or limited mobility.
BraunAbility solidified the ownership stake in Autoadapt in 2018, having previously owned 47.5 percent of Autoadapt from a 2011 purchase. Since that time, Autoadapt has been the sole distributor of BraunAbility lifts in Europe. BraunAbility was founded in 1972 by Ralph Braun and is based in Indiana U.S.A. Today the company is the industry’s largest manufacturer of wheelchair lifts and Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles.
Together Autoadapt and BraunAbility are part of a roster of high-quality, high-growth companies in Investor AB’s Patricia Industries
portfolio, including Permobil
, the innovative provider of powered and manual wheelchairs. Investor AB is the leading owner of Nordic-based international companies, founded by the Wallenberg family more than 100 years ago.
Since 2014 Autoadapt is the sole owner of Unwin
. A company that was set up half a century ago by Norman Unwin, the man who created the world’s first device to secure wheelchairs in vehicles. Over the years, the company continued to grow and today all manufacturing, design and testing facilities are located in a modern factory in Somerset. In 2017 Unwin acquired the Danish company Martech, known for their vehicle flooring products, among others SpaceFloor. The addition continued to strengthen the group's position as a leading supplier of vehicle adaptation solutions.
With a combined production area that measures up to over 100 000 m2
and an annual turnover of over 5 billion SEK; BraunAbility, Autoadapt and their subsidiaries form the largest group of companies in the vehicle adaptation industry. In essence we have the foundation on which to continue to lead the industry into higher levels of safety and innovation.
Facts and figures
Autoadapt was founded in 1996 and currently employs 130 people in Stenkullen, Sweden. The current Swedish headquarters was built in 2007 and consists of 13 000 m2 of offices and manufacturing plant.