Sheffield health care company JRI Orthopaedics is celebrating what it claims is the first Sheffield-designed and made hip implant to be used in China.
A 59-year-old man in the north-east city of Haerbin is now walking around with one of its Furlong Evolution hips after the operation by a Chinese consultant.
It marks the culmination of a four-year drive by the Chapeltown firm to break into the vast Chinese market.
And it comes just after the man who led that drive, former chief executive Keith Jackson, left for a new challenge. He also said his “personal values and vision” differed from owners, Orthopaedic Research UK.
Chief operating officer Jerry Agass said: “Our strategy has been to develop international markets. We are now in a position to tender into Chinese hospitals.”