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Our History

1893

Dunlop UK establishes a bicycle tyre manufacturing plant in Melbourne, Australia.

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Eric Norman Ansell acquires the condom machinery from Dunlop and founded the Ansell Rubber Company.

1905 1905 resize
1946

Develops first automated glove dipping machine.

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1965

Introduction of GAMMEX® gamma-sterilized disposable surgeon’s glove.

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Dunlop Australia Limited (previously the Dunlop Rubber Co of Australia Ltd) acquires Ansell Rubber Company.

1969
1970

From 1970 to 1989, Ansell acquires industrial glove companies and expands production in Malaysia / USA.

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1989

Ansell acquires Edmont Industrial Gloves in the USA.

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From 1990 to 2002, Ansell becomes the world’s largest provider of medical, household and industrial gloves in 1991. Moved HQ to the USA in 1998.

1990
1995

Ansell acquires Perry Surgical Gloves in the USA.

Perry Surgical
1998

Ansell launches the HyFlex® brand with the 11-800 – the first highly-flexible general-purpose glove.

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Pacific Dunlop splits and company name changed to Ansell Limited.

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2007

Ansell acquires 3 companies in China, Poland and Brazil to focus on Sexual Wellness business.

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2010

New strategy and organization focused on accelerating growth in the safety space.

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Ansell acquires SANDEL® in the USA.

2011 Sandel orange
2012

Ansell acquires Trelleborg in Sweden and Comasec in France.

Comasec White
2013

Ansell acquires Midas in Korea and Hércules in Brazil. Opens new 16,000 square foot state-of-the-art R&D facility in Sri Lanka.

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Ansell acquires BarrierSafe Solutions Intl. for a record-breaking $600M, and Hands International in Sri Lanka.

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2015

Ansell acquires MICROGARD® in the UK and gammaSUPPLIES in the USA.

Orange man Microguard
2017

Divests the last non-core Sexual Wellness businesses for $600M and transforms to a focused Safety Company. Ansell acquires Nitritex in the UK.

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Ansell celebrates its 125th Anniversary followed by acquisition of Digitcare Corporation, a leading supplier of exam and specialty gloves and launches a $100M transformation program to lower cost with massive investments in Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Kedah.

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2019

Ansell acquires Ringers Gloves in the USA to expand industrial portfolio offering.

Green Ringers Glove