Founded by four engineering graduates, Pune-based Arcatron Mobility develops innovations for the disabled, such as a foldable bathroom wheelchair that costs much lesser than imported versions.
It all started in 2011 when the project of four friends from NIT Calicut bagged the first prize in a contest themed ‘Design for Disabled’. Ganesh Sonawane, Laxmikant Banjarey, Kunal Kamble and Dewraj Barua designed a wheelchair that was commode-compatible. It helps disabled people perform their daily activities without assistance.
In 2015, the group of friends launched a startup called Arcatron Mobility which produces a range of products for the disabled. The greatest advantage of their products is that they come at an affordable rate different from imported ones.
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The wheelchair they developed got 100 pre-orders and the sales shot up after entering e-commerce platforms. “The domestic market lacks products that are compatible with the Indian infrastructure (especially indoors and bathrooms) and are either not easily serviceable or affordable,” says Ganesh.
The Pune-based company’s wheelchairs, which are completely made in India, cost Rs 11,400 and above. It can be folded into a suitcase in less than a minute and adjusted according to height.
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