London Stock Exchange welcomes Smiths Group plc to celebrate their centenary year
London Stock Exchange welcomes Smiths Group plc to celebrate their centenary year as a listed company.
One hundred years after Smiths joined the London Stock Exchange on the eve of the First World War, Chief Executive Philip Bowman opened trading in London this morning.
Smiths began life in 1851 as a family jeweller and clock-maker in London. Its products, which would range from speedometers and precision instruments to medical devices and security sensors, played crucial roles in a string of historic exploits. The maiden transatlantic flight, the conquest of Everest, the development of ultrasound scanners and autopilots, and the first test-tube baby all featured Smiths technologies.
Today, Smiths Group continues to apply leading-edge technology to design, manufacture and deliver innovative, engineered solutions to meet our customers’ needs.
From seals, enabling the efficient, environmentally friendly extraction of oil and gas to high energy cargo scanners protecting ports and borders, and from medication infusion pumps which support safe delivery of medication through to filters enabling next-generation communications networks, Smiths brings technology to life to help make the world safer, healthier and more productive.
The first official history of the company, A Long Time in Making: The History of Smiths by James Nye, will be published in October 2014.