Exoskeleton market to accrue commendable gains via healthcare applications over 2017-2024, APAC North America to emerge as a major revenue pocket
ReWalk Robotics’ soft exoskeleton launch a while back apparently took exoskeleton market by storm. The product has been exclusively designed by the USA-based exoskeleton industry player to help in the rehabilitation of patients suffering from lower leg limb disability due to strokes. The device would also help patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis to heal faster and regain their balance.
U.S. Exoskeleton Market, By Technology, 2018 & 2026 (USD Million)
Characterized by technological innovations, exoskeleton market strives to bring about a transformation in rehabilitation devices for consumer comfort. In yet another breakthrough, Lowe’s companies Incorporation, a key player across the retail industry, and Virginia Tech, an educational institute & university based in the U.S., have built a soft & light exosuit to help the employees working in Lowe’s retail stores to easily lift and move heavy products across the store.
In the first quarter of 2017, exoskeleton market witnessed one of the most potentially lucrative deals, with Parker Hannifin Corporation, a key manufacturer of motion & control technologies, introducing a therapy software suite for its Indego exoskeleton across Europe. The new suite has made Indego a unique exoskeleton for non-trajectory based gait training & treatment. Furthermore, Lockheed Martin, a U.S. based aerospace, defense, and security firm, has also launched a computer-regulated exoskeleton device referred as FORTIS Knee Stress Release gear that helps soldiers counter stress on their legs & lower backs. It also improves their load carrying capacity and movement, preventing injuries and exhaustion. The advent of consecutive innovations will encourage other business players to follow suit, thereby contributing toward augmenting the overall exoskeleton industry size.
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Recently, scientists have unveiled a robotic exoskeleton that helps in restoring balance through accurate gait correction, thus avoid dangerous falls. The new device is also expected to help the elderly, amputees, and disabled people to maintain balance and steadiness. The WHO claims that potential falls resulting in fatal injuries are one of major causes of death. This is evident from the estimates – falls result in the death of over 640,000 people per year, with nearly 37.3 million severe falls requiring medical treatment.
Exoskeletons find wide applications across healthcare, industrial, and military sectors. The introduction of new technologies across the healthcare sector to ensure the safety coupled with the allocation of funds for healthcare will spur the product penetration. Healthcare applications are expected to emerge as the dominant application segment by 2026, owing to the rising demand for rehabilitation spurred by disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injuries, and other gait disorders. Not to mention, exoskeletons offer numerous benefits to healthcare providers, reducing the burden that therapists endure during training and therapy.
Exoskeletons are rapidly gaining momentum across myriad geographies. The huge presence of exosuit manufacturers and escalated product demand across military & healthcare sectors are anticipated to stimulate APAC exoskeleton industry outlook. This regional market, as per estimates, is expected to record the highest CAGR over 2019-2026. Mounting awareness about the beneficial use of industrial robotics in manufacturing activities and the rise in the production of wearable robots across the defense sector are predicted to be the key factors driving APAC exoskeleton industry, with China and South Korea forecast to be the major revenue pockets. Additionally, countries such as Japan, and China have also been undertaking extensive R&D initiatives that would help impel exoskeleton industry. For example, in the year 2018, Norinco, a state-owned manufacturer in China, brought forth military exosuits in order to aid the weight carrying capacity of armed forces.
Major corporations such as ReWalk Robotics, Lockheed Martin, REX Bionics, Panasonic Corporation, and Cyberdyne Incorporation have made remarkable contributions toward augmenting exoskeleton market size in recent years. The recent breakthroughs witnessed across the business landscape indeed validate the claims put forward by market analysts, who state that exoskeleton industry size would be worth more than USD 3.5 billion by 2026.
Author Name : Saipriya Iyer