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In 2014, Smiths Group celebrated its centenary as a listed company on the London Stock Exchange. We made a video to showcase the history of the company from its origins as a family jeweller to its present day status as a global technology business.

Smiths has evolved substantially since its foundation in 1851, successfully reinventing itself in line with market opportunities – from its origins in clocks and watches, through the significant growth in the automotive and aerospace sectors during the 20th century, to its current portfolio which taps into high-tech markets with strong long-term growth drivers.

Our technologies have played key roles in a string of historic achievements: the maiden transatlantic flight, the conquest of Everest, prototype ultrasound scanners, the first commercial autopilots…even the first test-tube baby. And our products continue to touch the lives of millions of people every day.

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