Surgical industry in Pakistan is more than 100 years old when British doctors got repairing medical & dental instruments from the skilled workers of Sialkot. Since then, the Sialkot has been a major manufacturer of all range of surgical instruments, dental Instruments, veterinary instruments, personal beauty care tools, and haircutting saloon instruments. World major brands have stop manufacturing in their countries and have outsourced to medical & dental equipment manufacturing companies in Pakistan. Top brands from the United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Belgium, and France have great confidence in the craftsmanship of Pakistani labor. They are getting supreme quality medical, veterinary, and beauty tools & instruments. Sialkot surgical instruments manufacturers keep evolving to meet the demand for quality disposable, reusable, and electrosurgical instruments. Sialkot is the hub of Pakistan’s surgical industry as holding a major part of manufacturing & exports of the country. In Sialkot, over ten thousand different medical Instruments covering all the sections of surgery & basics, are being manufactured. This type of assortment of instruments is not available anywhere else in the world.
True, but that’s not the whole story. The reality is Pakistan just making $7.6m in 2016 from the exports of surgical equipment. A country that is among the top manufacturer of surgical equipment, holding a very small share in the global trade of surgical equipment that is about $30 Billion. A great dilemma with Pakistani manufacturers, especially the industry leaders from Sialkot inability to develop their own brands. Firms’ confidence to build brands is ever shaken. Despite knowing the fact that the only way to survival in this dynamic and rapidly changing world is to keep improving themselves. Unfortunately, their innovation budget is low, the Research & Development is their second priority and production is first. Both industrialist and government are responsible for this failure.
Another, problem with Sialkot surgical industry is most of Sialkot surgical instruments manufacturers are family-owned firms, although some incorporated to private companies. But, that’s not enough they need to go public to gain more capital and hire independent management to grow and become competitive. Their need to change their thinking to controlled bureaucratic management to more organic management structure and bring talented, educated, confident, & innovative young to industry. Government and industrialists need to wake up and bring reforms to restructure the surgical industry.