Our Issue 6 2021 is now available. Published late last year, the issue takes a look at the manufacturing process behind CE Mobility wheelchairs. We take a look at the mental preparation and care given to Paralympian before and after the Games; how to safely travel with batteries; and how you can take better care of your spine.
Care behind the chair
Walkers, manual or power wheelchairs. You have a range of assistive devices to choose from – all on display as you walk into the CE Mobility head office in Maraisburg, Johannesburg. In the serene building, shopping for your mobility device is pleasurable.
It is easy to forget that you are only a few metres away from the grime, sweat and dust that goes into manufacturing a wheelchair. While CE Mobility imports a fair number of chairs to meet the demands of its customers, it also manufactures thousands of manual and power wheelchairs for the entry and mid- level markets across South Africa and neighbouring countries like Namibia and Botswana. To find out more and to better understand what goes into building a wheelchair, we visited the factory.
A chaotic business
As we wind around the back buildings, the drone of machines grow loud with steel meeting steel, fire put to metal and engines driving the whole process. Candice Brunsden, sales manager at CE Mobility, turns back. “Manufacturing is a highly complex and yet chaotic business,” she says as we turn the corner to the first step in the manufacturing process – manipulating the steel.