Smith & Nephew was established in 1856 to manufacture medical equipment in the UK. Thomas James Smith, a British pharmacist from Hull, England, became interested in venturing into the business while working as a dispensing chemist. He later died in 1896 allowing his nephew, Nelson Smith to take up leadership of the firm.
The company has grown to become a leading manufacturer and distributor of advanced medical products and services such as wound management materials, trauma, and therapy management products, orthopedic reconstruction equipment, and much more. It has its headquarters in Watford, the UK with operations worldwide.
One of the remarkable achievements is when the firm acquired a license to produce and distribute a range of Elastoplast products globally in 1928, which enabled the company to grow to become a leading producer of medical supplies worldwide. The firm has continued to evolve through mergers and acquisitions such as Oratec Interventions, Midland Medical Technologies, and Plus Orthopedics and others. The company is currently listed on London Stock Exchange, a component of FTSE 100 Index.