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of Hythe, Kent

1967 Portland Plastics, part of Smiths Industries, changed its name to Portex

1996 Acquired Simcare Ltd and Simcare Manufacturing Ltd[1]

1996 Renamed Sims Portex

Later became part of Smiths Group

2001 Changed name to Portex

2004 Name changed to Smiths Medical International; acquired Pneupac and Graseby Medical from Smiths Group[2]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1996 accounts
  2. 2004 Annual report
  • [1] Smiths Medical history