INTERVIEW WITH KURT REGNER, FOUNDING PARTNER AND PRESIDENT OF REGNER® AT REHACARE 2016
REHACARE is the biggest and most important trade show in the mobility sector. During the four days of REHACARE (from 4 to 7 October 2016) a total of 49,300 industry professionals and the general public attended the show. New information and devices designed to help people with reduced mobility and healthcare assistance were exhibited by 916 entities from 36 countries across 32,000 square meters.
REGNER®’s team attended the show where some of their latest developments were on display for wheelchair users. A significant majority of wheelchair manufacturers use actuators, actuator controllers and positioning sensors coming from REGNER®, whose devices stand out for its reliability and attractive design.
The Founding Partner of REGNER® and its current President, Kurt Regner, has vast expertise in mechanical and electronic engineering expanding over 20 years focusing on the mobility solutions market. He has witnessed the great changes that this sector has undergone.
We discuss the trends of this market that everyone has before their eyes at the trade show with Kurt Regner.
“REHACARE is an indispensable tool for innovation because it brings you closer to the new trends and the users’ current needs”.
Why is REGNER® attending REHACARE 2016?
Nobody wants to miss this event. It is the place to be to get updated on the evolution of the mobility sector. REHACARE is a hub for connecting people, launching new products, and inspiring new products for tomorrow. Moreover, it is an indispensable tool for any R&D department because it brings you closer to the new trends and the users’ current needs. Of course, it is also a great opportunity to build new business partnerships and strengthen the current ones.
Based on your experience, what kind of products is in demand in the mobility market?
We are continuously involved in innovative solutions. Here, at REHACARE, we are launching our position feedback sensors, which increase the motion control options for the healthcare device manufacturers because our sensors provide better control and accuracy for positioning systems. In collaboration with our customers, we have certainly brought about open innovation and built robust solutions.
How did you get involved in open innovation?
We arrived to this strategic approach as a natural outcome of more than 20 years involved in the design, development and rethinking of new solutions for the mobility market. During all these years, our first concern has been to listen to our customers and scan the ecosystem constantly to better understand the changing health environment, in other words, having a more proactive attitude in coming up with ways to improve the lives of people with reduced mobility.
“The secret lies in doing open innovation alongside our customers. We arrived at this strategic approach as a natural outcome of more than 20 years involved in the development of new solutions for the mobility market”.
Following your deep market knowledge, what value do you give to your solutions?
The secret lies in realizing that the market is no longer one single technology, but a plethora of technologies. The solutions nowadays require knowledge of a variety of markets, technologies and materials. It is in this field where REGNER® contributes its best with mechanical, electronic and software engineering solutions. Our vision is more holistic, and that is why we have enhanced our personnel with a more multidisciplinary team.
What is the profile of your customers?
We have always been working for multinational companies and we try to balance this dedication with SME. Nowadays this percentage is 80/20 multinational customers and domestic customers respectively. Our main focus is on two countries, the USA and Germany, which are certainly leading the innovation in medtech.
Finally, at REHACARE 2016, are there any indications of what to expect in the market?
A move to value-based healthcare, tougher regulations and a lack of resources are all challenging healthcare companies to be more creative when developing new products and services. In this scenario, digital health is the most important trend in the mobility market. This new wave was made clear a couple of years ago, but it has been more visible at this edition of REHACARE. The sector is coming up with cross-mobility solutions that will feature advanced medical functions, working with remote communications, sensors and big data.