Surgical instruments, in some forms or the other, are nearly as old as the man himself. A visit to a modern factory, like Falcon Surgical Company, producing over fifteen thousands different surgical, dental, podiatry and veterinary instruments, is an interesting experience. It is surprising how few members of the surgical trade and profession actually have any idea about how time-consuning and painstaking it is to produce these instruments. It is nothing like pouring molten metal into moulds or putting a piece of metal in a machine at one end to get a finished instrument at the other. With all the modern machines and techniques now available surgical instrument making still remains doninantly a handicraft of very special kind.
Falcon Surgical Company can trace its history of this exclusive craftsmanship back to the late l9th century when our forefathers were making hand tools for warfare and agriculture as well as helping the local hospitals with repair of their instruments which mostly came from Britain at the time. It was in I908 that a dedicated corrpany called M.F.Elahi, after the name of its founder, actually came into being in Sialkot for the corrplete manufacture of surgical instruments. Falcon has branched out of Elahi Company in I975 to become another flag carrier of this proud family tradition of five generations.
“HISTORY OF THIS EXCLUSIVE CRAFTSMANSHIP CAN BE TRACED BACK TO THE LATE 19TH CENTURY"
Like Tuttlingen of Germany, the town of Sialkot in the north east of Pakistan is another real instrument capital of the world. In fact the number of instruments produced in Sialkot is far greater than those actually made in Tuttlingen. There are hundreds of small and large exporters in Sialkot offering every level of quality, from disposable to floor grade to O.R as may be required by the buyers. USA, UK and Germany are the largest importers of
Pakistan made surgical instruments. The bulk, about 75% of production, from Falcon is exported to the Europe and USA alone. So wherever in the world you may be. if you are not a direct customer of Falcon, the chances are that you are still receiving Falcon products indirectly, under American
or German brand names. That is wry we say Falcon are ‘your instruments since 1975‘.