For more than 9 decades, Ottobock's mission has been to restore and improve independence for people with mobility challenges. Most people know us as a company that manufactures products like prostheses, braces and orthoses, children’s wheelchairs, cushions and accessories.
ttobock was founded in Germany in 1919 by Otto Bock, a prosthetist. His vision of restoring mobility lives on today, growing to serve the world with more than 46 locations reaching more than 100 countries. The company is headquartered in Duderstadt, Germany, and has more than 5,000 employees.
In the early 20th century, Otto Bock transformed the way prosthetic limbs were made. Instead of carving wood to fit a patient, he applied manufacturing techniques and created separate components (like knees and feet) that could be combined, altered or customized to create a limb that was still unique to each patient – but wasn’t built from scratch.
Because of his pioneering work, Prosthetists were able to meet the demand generated by World War I and help veterans stay as active as possible.