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Expanding Suzhou, China

In April 2013, distinguished guests from Suzhou Industrial Park and Jiangsu Province attended the offcial opening of the major extension to Smith & Nephew’s Advanced Wound Management manufacturing facility in Suzhou, China.

The expansion more than doubled the size of the Suzhou facility, and is enabling Smith & Nephew to continue to develop its product portfolio both for the Chinese market and for export.

Those manufactured at Suzhou include ALLEVYN, Smith & Nephew’s leading foam dressing brand, which is used in the treatment of hard to heal wounds such as leg ulcers, as well as new portfolios for the mid-tier across the Emerging & International Markets.

Completed on time, to budget, and without a losttime incident, the extension takes the total floor area to 27,000 square meters and doubles the production capacity to over 100 million wound dressings a year.

We are delivering on our Strategic Priority to Simplify and Improve our Operating Model by optimising our global manufacturing footprint.

China is of great strategic importance to Smith & Nephew. We are proud of what we have achieved here and are investing for the long term. We now have more than 900 people in China, working across manufacturing and commercial operations. We have built our success upon a sustainable and ethical approach to business, and are bringing this long-term commitment to our work, our employees and our communities. 

June 2014