Quebec-based Motion Composites reports that its carbon fiber APEX adjustable rigid manual wheelchair has received the 2017 Red Dot Award: Product Design, in the “Healthcare” category.

The APEX was one of 5,500 nominated products from participating companies in 54 countries. A 40-member jury composed of design professionals, design instructors, and specialty journalists from 25 countries evaluated all the products based on criteria including degree of innovation, overall quality, functionality, and eco-compatibility.

As the result of its evaluation, the jury chose to bestow the Red Dot honor on the APEX, reportedly the lightest in its class, according to a media release from Motion Composites.

The APEX wheelchair also received an HME Business New Product Award in October 2016.

“Each award conferred on our products for their design and quality reinforces our Quebec-based company’s place on the international stage. It is a source of tremendous pride for our team,” says Éric Simoneau, co-founder of Motion Composites, in the release.

“These awards are even more significant when they come from independent experts, who appreciate and recognize the innovation and quality of our manual wheelchairs,” he adds.

The Red Dot competition is backed by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen (North Rhineland-Westphalia Design Centre), led since 1991 by Dr Peter Zec, CEO of Red Dot. The award is conferred annually in three categories: the Red Dot Award: Product Design; the Red Dot Award: Communication Design; and the Red Dot Award: Design Concept.

[Source: Motion Composites]