Sunrise Medical is incorporated and establishes its first distribution and manufacturing divisions in the United Kingdom and USA with the acquisition of BEC Mobility (a manufacturer of powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters formed in 1968).
Sunrise Medical expands its international presence with the addition of a new distribution division in Canada.
Sunrise Medical acquires QUICKIE Wheelchairs. QUICKIE revolutionized the manual wheelchair industry by introducing custom, ultra-lightweight wheelchairs to the mass-market.
The first BREEZY standard wheelchair is introduced. Designed to meet the needs of the elderly population, BREEZY is the first to bring comfort, performance and style to the geriatric wheelchair segment.
The first STERLING branded mobility scooter is introduced. With its unique front and rear suspension, the STERLING scooter goes on to become Europe’s best-selling scooter in its first year.
The first ZIPPIE lightweight pediatric wheelchair is introduced. With the capability to grow with the child and available in a rainbow of bright colors, ZIPPIE is the first custom, ultra-lightweight wheelchair to bring fun to the pediatric wheelchair market.
Sunrise Medical UK becomes the first wheelchair and mobility scooter manufacturer to be awarded ISO 9000/9001 - an international standard that demonstrates the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.
Sunrise Medical launches a new distribution companies in France, the Netherlands and expands manufacturing operations into Spain.
Sunrise Medical acquires SOPUR, a leading German manufacturer of active ultra-lightweight wheelchairs and handbikes.
Sunrise Medical establishes its Norwegian division with the acquisition of Norsk Rehab, the exclusive distributor of QUICKIE wheelchairs in Norway.
Sunrise Medical acquires JAY Medical, the recognized world leader in wheelchair seating and positioning products.
Sunrise Medical establishes its Swedish division with the acquisition of Vitactiv AB, the exclusive distributor for QUICKIE wheelchairs and STERLING mobility scooters in Sweden.
Sunrise Medical expands its international presence with the addition of a new distribution division in Australia.
Sunrise Medical establishes its Italian division with the acquisition of Ala, the exclusive distributor of QUICKIE wheelchairs in Italy.
Sunrise Medical establishes its Swiss division with the acquisition of Rospo AG, the exclusive distributor of QUICKIE wheelchairs in Switzerland.
Sunrise acquires COOPERS, a market-leader of ambulatory products with a history dating back over 100 years.
Sunrise Medical is the official sponsor of the 1996 Paralympic games, held in Atlanta, GA.
Sunrise Medical expands its global manufacturing with the addition of a new manufacturing plant in Mexico.
Sunrise Medical acquires WHITMYER, a specialized manufacturer of custom fit head support systems and accessories.
Sunrise Medical expands its global manufacturing with the addition of a new manufacturing plant in Shanghai, China.
Sunrise Medical acquires LOMAX, a UK-based designer and manufacturer of powered and manual wheelchairs.
Sunrise Medical expands its global manufacturing with an additional manufacturing plant in China.
Sunrise Medical expands its global manufacturing with the addition of a new manufacturing plant in Poland.
Sunrise Medical acquires JCM Seating, a UK-based designer and manufacturer of highly-innovative and tailor-made specialist seating support systems.
Sunrise Medical acquires Medicco S.R.O, our long-standing exclusive distributor in the Czech Republic.
Sunrise Medical acquires Handicare's mobility product lines (including GEMINO rollators) and its manufacturing divisions in Norway, Denmark, Netherlands and China..
Sunrise Medical acquires RGK, an industry leader in the development, design, manufacturing and distribution of bespoke high end sports/basketball and daily use manual wheelchairs.
Sunrise Medical acquires SWITCH-IT, an industry leader in the development, design, manufacturing and distribution of specialty drive controls and input devices for power wheelchairs.
Sunrise Medical expands its international presence with the addition of a new distribution division in Japan.
Sunrise Medical acquires MAGIC MOBILITY, an Australian manufacturer best known for its all-terrain power wheelchairs.
The first EMPULSE wheelchair push aid is introduced with the R20. Designed to support the attendant pushing the wheelchair, the R20 is the only power-pack that can be folded with the wheelchair.
Sunrise Medical acquires ORACING designs, a manufacturer and distributor of a wide range of sports, made-to-measure manual wheelchairs, hand bikes and E-Mobility power assist products