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Portland Plastics

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of 6 Victoria Street, London, SW1. Telephone: Abbey 5205-6. Cables: "Porplastic, Sowest, London"

1940 Dr S.A. Leader, a dental surgeon, was experimenting with the use of plastics in the medical and dental fields. His innovative ideas led him to set up a company, Portland Plastics, which rapidly developed and soon moved to larger premises in Folkestone, Dover and Hythe in Kent.

1947 British Industries Fair Advert for "Portex" Plastic Skin Modern Surgical Dressing. Also Manufacturers of Dental Acrylics, Medical Appliances, Surgical Drainage, Surgical, Anaesthetic and Commercial Tubing, Plastic Artificial Eyes, Plastic Teeth, Feeding Bottle Teats, Universal Cement, Plastic Mouldings and Extrusions, Plastic Fancy Articles. Trade Marks "Portex" and "Portex Ray". (Plastics Section - Earls Court, 1st Floor, Stand No. 837) [1]

1957 Portland Plastics was acquired by Smiths Industries which was interested in Portland’s expertise in plastic and nylon tubing to support their aerospace and automotive activities.

1964-77 Portland Plastics moved into purpose-built premises in Hythe, Kent

1967 Name changed Portex.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1947 British Industries Fair Advert 92; and p221
  • [1] Smiths Medical history