The story of BraunAbility begins with our founder, Ralph Braun. Diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy and unable to walk by the age of 15, he became determined to find a better way to stay mobile over being pushed in a manual chair and carried in and out of vehicles.
He started by inventing the world’s first electric scooter, which he called the Tri-Wheeler. From there he designed the world’s first wheelchair lift and steering controls, allowing Ralph to drive himself independently for the first time in his life.
Ralph quickly discovered that others just like him were hungry for that same independence. With just a handful of employees and despite overwhelming odds, Ralph started his business, and a new industry emerged.
Over the past four decades, BraunAbility products have revolutionized what independence means to wheelchair users. Today BraunAbility has over 1,000 employees, all working to grow mobility across the world. Ralph Braun passed away in 2013, but his legacy is still the driving force behind the BraunAbility mission today.
Investor AB is the leading owner of several international companies and was founded by the Wallenberg family, who has been engaged in developing world-class companies and supporting excellence in scientific research for the advancement of mankind for five generations. The family is dedicated to managing The Wallenberg Foundations, a collection of non-profit charitable foundations that rank among the world’s most prolific supporters of academic research and discovery in medicine, technology, social sciences and education. Each year, the work of the Wallenberg Foundations is funded through dividends earned by their industrial holdings, the largest of which is Investor AB, representing several well-known international brands, including Atlas Copco, Ericsson, NASDAQ and Husqvarna.
The Wallenberg’s business philosophy is to build high-performing, high-growth companies over the long-term through active and engaged participation at the board of directors’ level. They pursue sustainable value creation by providing the resources and tools each company in their portfolio needs to reach its full potential. BraunAbility is a part of Investor’s Patricia Industries Division, which includes a growing family of non-publicly traded companies including Permobil, the innovative leader in power and manual wheelchairs, as well as Mölnlycke Health Care, the world’s premier supplier of surgical and wound care products.
Working Together for a More Mobile World
BraunAbility works side-by-side with organizations and businesses that mirror our values and beliefs in quality, service and customer commitment.