A SHEFFIELD firm that has made a name for making bespoke instruments to surgeons’ designs has demonstrated its skills to The Earl of Wessex.
Prince Edward toured the Platts & Nisbett’s Woodfold works, off Rutland Road to see how traditional skills played an important part in catering for unusual orders, including requests for left-handed instruments and larger devices to accommodate the rise in obesity.
He heard how it could take five or six years of training and mentoring for apprentices to acquire the skills to make instruments to a surgeon’s exact specifications.
Managing director Alyson Nisbett said: “It was a real pleasure to show His Royal Highness around Platts & Nisbett and for him to see first hand our dedication to quality and traditional manufacturing.
“The logistics and the marketplace may change over the years, but the core values of our company will never alter, which is why we not only retain our staff, but our products continue to be a popular choice with clinicians.”
Among those who met the Prince was Michael Canetti, Platts & Nisbett’s longest serving member of staff, who now leads the training of the apprentices at the factory.
He said: “Having seen the business develop over the years it is a real honour to welcome Prince Edward to our premises and gain recognition for the hard work we all put into making the business a success.”
Platts & Nisbett has a team of more than 20 highly skilled engineers who were all apprentice-trained, some of whom have been working at the company for more than 30 years.