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Companies in this industry manufacture exercise equipment such as treadmills, exercise bicycles, resistance machinery, and weights and weightlifting equipment. Major companies include Cybex International, ICON Health & Fitness, Life Fitness, Nautilus, and Precor (all based in the US), as well as Motus (South Korea), Nantung Yida Sports (China), Northern Lights (Canada), SCHNELL Trainingsgeräte (Germany), and Tonic Fitness Technology (Taiwan).
Around the world, the rise of obesity and such diseases as diabetes and heart disease drives concern about fitness and health. Worldwide sales of fitness equipment are expected to reach nearly $15 billion by 2018, according to Global Industry Analysts. Markets such as the Asia/Pacific region, Latin America, and the Middle East drive growth.
The US fitness equipment manufacturing industry is a subset of the sporting goods manufacturing industry.
Demand is driven by consumer income and demographic trends. The profitability of individual companies depends on unique product designs and effective marketing. Large companies have some advantages in brand recognition, but small companies can compete effectively by building unique products.
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Major products are motorized treadmills, stationary bikes, stair climbers, rowing machines, and elliptical "cross-trainers," collectively called aerobic exercisers; and weightlifting machines ("strength training"), and traditional weightlifting equipment ("free weights" and benches). In addition, there are a large number of ancillary products. This equipment allows individuals to exercise by themselves in a limited space. The two major market segments for fitness equipment are ...
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