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Royal visit


Following our screening on The Discovery Channel´s “How It´s Made” programme, Platts and Nisbett were approached by the Lord Lieutenant´s Office, inviting our Company to take part in a forthcoming Royal Engagement. 

On 2nd June 2011 Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex visited our factory, and was given a tour of the workshops to see our surgical instruments being made by hand.

Official Royal Visit Programme © Platts & Nisbett


Mick and Prince Edward
HRH The Earl of Wessex watching a demonstration of Surgical Instrument Making
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The Earl of Wessex watched demonstrations by several members of staff, and spent time meeting our apprentices and their mentors. We showed the full process of traditional manufacture, from raw materials to finished product. This included machining, hand filing / fitting, bending, glazing (linishing / polishing) bead blasting and laser marking. We were delighted that His Royal Highness asked many questions, which were very happy to answer.


Prince Edward
HRH The Earl of Wessex learning about manufacturing tolerances
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He was amazed at the amount of skill involved in the traditional craft of Surgical Instrument making, and we were proud to show the passion that each of our Craftsmen has. He fully understood why quality and precision are so important to us.

Platts and Nistet plaque
HRH The Earl of Wessex unveiling our plaque
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To commemorate the visit His Royal Highness unveiled our company plaque, and thanked all our staff for making it an interesting and enjoyable visit.


Prince Edward signs book
HRH The Earl of Wessex signing our Visitor’s Book
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To mark this special occasion HRH The Earl of Wessex signed our Visitor’s Book.


We were honoured to be involved in such a memorable occasion and would like to thank everyone who contributed to making it a memorable day. Special thanks to David Moody, the Lord Lieutenant who accompanied his Royal Highness, and all staff at the Lieutenancy Office and in the Royal Party.