Since its inception, the BDIA has played a significant and vital role in the UK dental industry; as the 'third arm' of the dentist and technician, our members have always provided high quality products and services.
Caesar de Trey, owner of the Claudius Ash group, which later became The Amalgamated Dental Co., the most powerful dental company in Europe, called a meeting of the leaders of some of the major dental companies.
Present were Joseph Ash; son of the jeweller Claudius Ash, C. W Shortt; S.S. White Co. (SSW), H Edwards of DMCo, Jimmy Caldwell of Glasgow Dental, John Thorn of Western Dental, E A Drury of Drury & Co,and Jack Cottrell (father of Hutchison). There, the British Dental Trade Association, now known as the British Dental Industry Association, came into being and has remained a significant contributor to the UK dental industry ever since.
The BDIA is not far off its centenary, and during that time there have been many changes in the industry and profession.
Take a look at our gallery of images and see if you can piece together any of the BDIA timeline. These pictures are from various archives - we'd be really interested to hear if you could date any of these images or name any of the people in them. Please get in touch if you can help.