In 1851, Samuel Smith established S Smith & Sons as an outfit dealing in watch chronometers. The company sourced high-quality watches from Nicole Nielsen of Soho Square and supplied them to its customers, specifically the command of the Royal Navy. Smith grew and diversified its business such that in 1904, it sold Smith-branded accessories like speedometers for the automotive industry.
Presently, Smiths Group has its headquarters in London, the United Kingdom. The company’s business is highly diversified with interests in several industries. Smiths Group segmented its business into five divisions, such that each segment deals with a specific industry. Smiths Medical handles the medical technology segment; it entails production and sale of specialty medical consumables and other medical devices. John Crane deals with mechanical systems; Smiths Detection deals security, and defense sectors. Finally, Smiths Interconnect entails products and services in the general industrial sector. Smiths trades on the London Stock Exchange with SMIN as its symbol. Its headquarters are in London, the UK.