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Company History

A brief history of Penlon

Penlon Limited has 60 years of experience in the development and manufacture of anaesthesia and other medical products and has distribution and service networks worldwide. Anaesthesia products include Anaesthetic Machines, Vaporizers, Lung Ventilators, Laryngoscopes, and Accessories.

Penlon was founded as Longworth Scientific Instrument Co. Ltd, in 1943, in Oxford, by personnel from the Department of Anaesthetics at Oxford University. One of its first products was the Macintosh Laryngoscope, then a revolutionary design invented by the late Sir Robert Macintosh, Professor of Anaesthetics. Expansion into export markets prompted a move to larger premises at Abingdon, and the name of the company was eventually changed to Penlon Limited.

In 1975 the company was acquired by InterMed, the healthcare subsidiary of Thomas Tilling plc. In October 1996 Penlon regained its status as an independent company, having been part of BTR plc since 1983. In 1997, Penlon Ltd acquired East Healthcare, an Oxford based company who manufacture a complete range of Suction and Oxygen Therapy equipment, a versatile Medical Rail System, and an extensive range of Medical Gas Pipeline equipment.