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30 Years of Shaping Better Lives

... as a truly unique and inspired New Zealand based company, that has revolutionised life-enhancing products to provide postural support solutions for the physically challenged and disabled.

Always striving to fulfil our mission of Shaping Better Lives, Medifab's growth and success over the last 30 years has been thanks to a brilliant team of creative minds and 'outside of the box' thinking. A combination of passion, resourcefulness, integrity and outstanding craftsmanship enables Medifab to design innovative technology for special needs equipment

This passion for solution-finding has led to some significant breakthrough moments over the years... 

1990: Journey to Shape Better Lives begins.

Established as a family run business in Auckland, Medifab emerges out of a background in vehicle seating technology, with focus on driver rehabilitation.


1991: Custom modular wheelchair seating

First custom projects undertaken. Thus began the development of Specification Wheelchair Seating.

1996: Shower Frames developed

To meet a need for space-saving folding shower frames, particularly in disability bathrooms.

1998: Growth Proportionate Seating (GPS)

System developed to allow fine-tuned, exact seating to properly seat and position special needs of all ages, starting from a size 0 to provide crucial early intervention. The development of this ‘GPS’ technology has continued through the Spex Seating and Spex Kidz ranges which provide fully adjustable, superior seating solutions compatible with most wheelchair bases.

2001: Symmetrisleep pioneered

Night time positioning and around-the-clock 24 hour postural care was introduced to New Zealand.


2003: South Island Expansion

The second Medifab branch opens in Ashburton, New Zealand's South Island.

2005: Launch of Shuttle and Spex

Recognising the need for early intervention care led Medifab to develop this versatile postural management seating for infants and toddlers. Specification seating now produced as modular off-the-shelf and rebranded Spex.

2009: Australian Expansion

To meet Australian customer needs better, Medifab's first Australian branch is opened. 

2014: Discovery Takes Off

The Shuttle pushchair seating system was taken to a whole new level from both an aesthetic and function point of view, with the launch of Shuttle Discovery.

Shuttle Discovery wins first prize in commercial category at the Better Technology Awards, funded by the National Committee on Rehabilitation Engineering in Australia.


2015: ISO 9001 Certification

Formal certification demonstrates Medifab’s commitment to quality, productivity and customer satisfaction. 

2015 also brought new, purpose-built facilities with Medifab's relocation and expansion to a brand-new premises in the Izone Southern Business Hub; situated just south of Christchurch, in Rolleston. 

Medifab Today

30 years into the journey it has certainly been an exciting ride for the team at Medifab. With these kinds of game changing innovations and the development of now over 130 products it is easy to see why the company has emerged as leaders in their field.

Medifab recently received recognition as a ... 

"... hugely successful company - set to go places with a solid history, impeccable core values, a vibrant, expanding team, massive product potential and the vision, passion and drive to go global."

Medifab are equally as passionate about the road ahead and what the future of continued exciting innovation will bring for our customers.