2009-2010

Initial Years

We innovate, develop and manufacture medical and surgical consumables and disposables.

Smiths Medical is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of medical products. It employs over 7,000 people in six Continents and has helped to save hundreds of thousands of lives over more than half a century. Its products are known and trusted in anaesthetic departments, operating theatres and intensive care units throughout the world.  But this huge multi-million pound company started life in a very modest way in a flat in Great Portland Street right in the middle of the London Blitz in 1940.

1940 – A great idea

Dr S.A. Leader, a dental surgeon was experimenting with the use of plastics in the medical and dental field. 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.

1957 – Smiths move in.

In 1957, Portland Plastics was acquired by Smiths Industries who were keen to gain Portland’s expertise in plastic and nylon tubing for their other interests in aerospace and automobiles.  Smiths itself had started as a family-owned clock and watch making business, founded by Samuel Smith, back in 1851.

2012-2016

Strengthening the values

We help interesting companies create and improve industry products and services through long lasting and mutually rewarding relationships.

Strengthening the values.

Under its new owners, Portland Plastics moved into purpose built premises in Hythe, Kent in 1964 and three years later changed their name to Portex. During the following decade, the Company went from strength to strength, gaining three Queen’s Awards for Export and another Queen’s Award for Technical Achievement, primarily for the design, development and manufacture of the Profile cuff, used on Endotracheal and Tracheostomy tubes.

2016-2020

Initial Years

We help interesting companies create and improve industry products and services through long lasting and mutually rewarding relationships.

Years of global growth.

This success gave huge strength and confidence to the company which enabled it to start on a long course of acquisitions which would lead it to its present global position in the twenty first century.

  • 1979 – Acquired Concorde Laboratories, manufacturers of blood sampling products.
  • January 1983 – Acquired LSA, Paris, the distributors of ‘Portex’ products in France.
  • 1984 – Acquired Downs Surgical, manufactures of surgical instruments and ostomy products.  Awarded another Queen’s Award for Export.
  • October 1985 – Acquired Eschmann Bros & Walsh Ltd, a company which manufactured operating tables, electro surgical units and also had a range of ostomy products. The Simcare brand is formed from the ostomy products from Downs Surgical and Eschmann Bros & Walsh.
  • December 1988 – Acquired Avon Medicals, manufacturers of dialysis and blood transfusion products.  Disposed of Downs Surgical.
  • 1989 – This was a busy year for The Company. In March, they acquired a German company, Peter von Berg (PVB) which made a range of pressure transducers, stop cocks and cardiac catheters. The following month an American company, Respiratory Support Products Inc. was brought into the fold.  This company made a range of temperature probes used in critical care area. The Company also earned their fifth Queen’s Award for Export.

Journey Continues

The Future

We help interesting companies create and improve industry products and services through long lasting and mutually rewarding relationships.

The future

Having created a portfolio of superb quality products, JBPL has great plans for the future. With its new globalized marketing, manufacturing and customer services base, the Company intends to make JBPL products the first choice in the medical technology industry right across the world.