C.R.KENNEDY - HISTORY

C.R.Kennedy has had many pivotal points since it was founded in 1934 by Clement Robertson Kennedy

1934

COMPANY FOUNDED

Clement Robertson Kennedy starts company, importing photographic and optical products.

1954

APPOINTED PENTAX DISTRIBUTOR

Appointed as the first distributor in the world for Pentax and have continued this business to this day.

1981

PENTAX COMMENCES MANUFACTURING FLEXIBLE ENDOSCOPES

C.R. Kennedy’s Medical division is created.

1983

C.R. KENNEDY SPONSORS LIVE WORKSHOPS WITH COLONOSCOPY PIONEER, DR HIROMI SHINYA

Dr Hiromi's single doctor/right-turn shortening technique greatly reduces procedure times.

1984

“F2” COLONOSCOPE INSERTION TUBE CREATED

Pentax and C.R. Kennedy develop special “F2” colonoscope insertion tube compatible with the faster “Shinya” technique.

1985 - 1989

PENTAX COLONOSCOPES DOMINATE AUSTRALIAN MARKET

The Pentax colonoscope becomes the dominant colonoscope in Australia.

1990

FIRST VIDEO ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM RELEASED

Pentax and C.R. Kennedy release the first video endoscope system at the World Congress of Gastroenterology in 1990 in Sydney. All video systems sold in 1990 are Pentax.

1990 – 2000

C.R. KENNEDY CONTINUES TO DOMINATE THE AUSTRALIAN GASTROINTESTINAL ENDOSCOPE MARKET

Australia has the highest market share of Pentax endoscopes in the world.

1999

C.R. KENNEDY AWARDED PENTAX DISTRUBUTOR OF THE YEAR

C.R. Kennedy receives the inaugural “Distributor of the Year 1997/1998” award from Asahi Optical Co. Ltd (the manufacturer of Pentax Endoscopes) in a ceremony in Singapore.

2000

C.R. KENNEDY AWARDED PENTAX DISTRUBUTOR OF THE YEAR

C.R. Kennedy receives the “Distributor of the Year 1999/2000” at a distributor meeting in Hong Kong.

2006

C.R. KENNEDY WINS HIGHEST SALES AWARD

C.R. Kennedy wins the highest sales award from Microline Pentax.

2009

C.R. KENNEDY AWARDED PENTAX DISTRUBUTOR OF THE YEAR

C.R. Kennedy wins the distributor of the year award from Hoya Corporation (The new owner of Pentax).

2009

C.R. KENNEDY APPOINTED AS MIROCAM DISTRIBUTOR

C.R. Kennedy is appointed distributor of the “MiroCam” capsule endoscope system from Intromedic, Korea.

2011

C.R. KENNEDY AWARDED NEW DISTRUBUTOR OF THE YEAR

C.R. Kennedy receives the New Distributor of the Year award from Alphatec Spine.

2012

PENTAX MEDICAL & C.R. KENNEDY PARTNERSHIP ENDS

Hoya Corporation inexplicably severs its relationships with all its top Pentax distributors. The successful 30-year C.R. Kennedy association with Pentax endoscopes comes to a close.

2011

C.R. KENNEDY AWARDED NEW DISTRUBUTOR OF THE YEAR

C.R. Kennedy receives the New Distributor of the Year award from Alphatec Spine.

2013

C.R. KENNEDY SETS UP NEW OFFICE IN PORT MELBOURNE

C.R. Kennedy moves into new Head Office at 300 Lorimer Street, Port Melbourne.

2013

C.R. KENNEDY WINS BIGGEST SALES AWARD

C.R. Kennedy wins the Biggest Sales award from Alphatec Spine Inc.

2013

C.R. KENNEDY APPOINTED AS FUJIFILM DISTRIBUTOR

C.R. Kennedy is appointed exclusive distributor for Fujifilm endoscopes for Australia and New Zealand.

2014

FUJIFILM “600 SERIES” GI ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM RELEASED

C.R. Kennedy & Fujifilm release the new “600 Series” GI endoscope system. 24 facilities around Australia switch to using Fujifilm 600 series scopes in next 2 years.

2017

C.R. KENNEDY APPOINTED AS RICHARD WOLF DISTRIBUTOR

C.R. Kennedy is appointed exclusive distributor of the world-famous Richard Wolf range of endoscopes from Knittlingen, Germany.

2017

FUJIFILM ELEUXEO 7000 SYSTEM RELEASED

C.R. Kennedy & Fujifilm release the revolutionary new Eluxeo 7000 processor and 700 series GI endoscopes. Since it's release 35 facilities around Australia and New Zealand switch to using Fujifilm 700 series scopes with many more planning to follow suit.