Teleflex Incorporated has grown over its more than 70-year history through new products, new geographical markets, and through acquisition. The Teleflex Corporate Development team explores partnerships, acquisitions, and joint ventures consistent with our global leadership in healthcare.
One of the questions we're often asked is, "What does the name 'Teleflex' mean?" The company began in 1943 with one simple product – a multi-strand helical cable and a gear that could convert push-pull motions into rotary motions. Its first use was on Spitfire planes in World War II as a flexible cable to adjust the pilot's radio, which was located behind the cockpit and out of the pilot's reach. The flexible cable was used telescopically to adjust the radio, giving us our name.
Over time, Teleflex grew from an operating company focused on engineering to a diversified industrial company and has now transitioned to a pure-play medical device company. View our milestones.