ADAQ Museum of Dentistry: Gritter Handpieces

ADAQ Museum of Dentistry recently received six Gritter handpieces, kindly donated by Leon Gritter of Gritter Dental Australia Pty Ltd.

These are the first ever Australian-made turbine handpieces from 1961 until the early 1990s.

They were produced by Dutch immigrant Frederik Gritter in Sydney. From the 1990s, globalised production meant that manufacturing in-house was no longer profitable for small companies. 

Almost forty years on, the process of reverse globalisation seems in the cards. 

How will the Australian dental manufacturing industry change?

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