Corporate History

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A Legacy of Innovation

From our inception, we have proudly collaborated with private practitioners, dental schools and leading educators to develop new technologies, innovative designs and quality products that are synonymous with value and performance. Because of our reputation for leadership, dental experts have been turning to Hu-Friedy with their cutting-edge ideas for over one hundred years.


A Proud Heritage and a Focus on the Future

Since 1908, Hu-Friedy has been putting the highest quality and most innovative dental products in the hands of dental professionals worldwide. And today, as one of the world’s leading dental instrument and product companies, we continue our commitment to advance dental performance by supporting these products with world class service, education and peer communities. We’re committed to making sure the best perform that way.


1908: Founded by Hugo Friedman
1945: Introduced Gracey line of instruments
1975: Developed Wilkins/Tufts Explorer
1978: Launched first restorative line of Immunity Steel instruments
1981: Began Japanese distribution partnership
1982: Introduced IMS
1991: Established European office in Germany
1996: Entered Ultrasonic Scaling market with insert line
1999: Launched Orthodontic product line
2002: Established Japan office to support growth in Asia Pacific market
2005: Introduced EverEdge Scalers
2007: Expanded global presence in China
2007: Initiated Friends of Hu-Friedy online community
2009: Established European office in the Netherlands
2010: Launched Magnetostrictive Ultrasonic Scaler
2010: Introduced full line of hand care products
2011: Entered new category with Pediatric Crowns

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