This website is dedicated to one of the most important business organizations in the United Kingdom today, the Smiths Group, which is a world leading brand in several different industries, including communications, engineering, medical equipment and devices as well as detection for contraband and threats. In this article I wanted to give you some information on how the company has developed over the years, as a lot of things have happened since they started out in 1827.
The company was founded by Samuel Smith, who, at age 24, opened up a London shop that sold and made watches and clocks. This business went on as a family run company for years, but it wasn’t until the beginning of the 20th century, after a request made by the King Edward VII, that the company would take a turn for the better. With the motor industry developing quickly, the King had asked Samuel’s fifth child, Allan, to help building the first speedometer, a device used for measuring the speed of a moving automobile. Ten years later, approximately 50.000 of these devices we’re in use and automotive manufacturing had become a keystone in the Smith business organization.
When the first world war began, Smiths we’re heavily involved in creating safety features in the airplanes, leading them onto to further focusing on the production and manufacturing of motor accessories, leaving the watch making in the shadows, and creating a separate branch of the company for that purpose, called Smiths Domestic Clocks.
As the second world war began, there was a heavily increased need for the production of instruments in the motor, marine and aircraft sectors, which helped the Smiths corporation to further develop their business.
In 1958, Smiths bought a controlling interest in a company called Portland Plastics, which was to become their first step into the medical business, which was to become a central part of their organization. The Smiths branch, Wallace, which is the name of their medical brand, was majorly involved in the manufacturing of the devices used for the world’s first successful IVF. IVF stands for in Vitro Fertilisation, and what it means is that an egg is fertilized outside the female’s body, in a laboratory.
Over the years, the Smith’s group has continued to develop, and is today one of Britain’s most successful companies. Today, the company is split into five different divisions. John Crane manufactures products for global energy companies that are designed to help them operate under challenging circumstances. The medical division is called Smiths Medical, and is considered one of the market giants when it comes to specialized medical equipment. The third branch is called Smiths Detection, which is a security-focused business, developing sensory devices that can help detect bombs, narcotics and other hazardous material. They also have a division focusing on technical equipment and electronic components, as well as company called Flex-Tek, which makes the fifth division of the group. Flex-Tek is the smallest organistaion of the group, and specializes in manufacturing engineered components for various industries.