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As flour particles diffuse in the air, a beam of light shines between the slits in the wooden slates of the kitchen door. The sound of gas feeding a flame, the heat adds an ingredient to the kitchen where its temperature and smell give "the stage" genuine character.
A pre-prepared ball of dough placed onto a worktop, a sprinkle of flour, and an equal distribution of pressure through a rolling pin is used until a basic template emerges.
This template takes its real form in the hands of an artist, the rhythm sticky like Wushu, serene like the Dervish dance, each hand pass puffs dust like chalk from a gymnasts clap.
Another sprinkle of flour onto the hot iron plate, the piece of art is carefully placed on and pressed with a cotton rag. Spun to avoid scorching, picked up and flipped to ensure both sides are done, its taken off and served in a perfect and timely manner.
Even though well grounded, Scala wanted to explore the unknown. Roots don't see where they are going, they feel their way through the depths of the unknown.
Like surgery, feeling is important. This art form was quickly discovered, and those who discovered it gave credit for aspiration, a glimpse into a world beyond that picturesque scene, a chance to grow, a step towards hope in preserving life.
The foundations were there, the system was established. Equipped with the tools needed to face life, all that's left to do is to believe in yourself.
Cutting a path through life’s struggle can be a complex and daunting task. Abdul Ghani was acutely aware of this as a young man trying to make his way in a country emerging from an Imperialist past and into an uncertain future. Smart and industrious, A.G had high hopes for the future, he once longed to be a surgeon, with Sialkot increasingly become a hub for surgical instruments there was not a more prestigious profession.
The magical wands were carefully crafted and manufactured to be sent away for surgeons to bring life back to the dying and sick. But life doesn’t always let you take the path you want to, so A.G decided to dedicate himself to the wand.
A good workman doesn’t blames his tools, but with something as precise as surgery, tools matter. A.G was obsessive about sourcing and delivering the best instruments. He loved the beaming smile that surgeons would greet him with when he made personal deliveries. It made him feel like a part of the magic and theatre of it all. He worked on his supplier relationship and constantly sought feedback from the surgical community to get the right tools at the right place and time.
After a while he established his reputation as a leading supplier in Sialkot serving the like of Holborn Surgical, GU, Rocket. The birth of his daughter Samina marked a turning point for A.G. He wanted to ensure a bright future for her and his family and so directed his efforts to the UK market, beginning his first significant exports in 1978.
It was an exciting time, as surgery developed constantly, A.G’s enthusiasm for his product and business blossomed as a thriving entrepreneur in a vibrant new country. his daughter Samina caught the bug and started to play an increasing role in the business. Like her father her head was turned to the West. She was curious and tenacious. With a meticulous eye for detail she saw an opportunity to take her fathers business to the next level, and that meant moving to London. England was a recognised pioneer of surgery, with the NHS offering an unrivaled opportunity for constant developments in cutting edge techniques.
Never one to shy away from a challenge, Samina discussed the idea with her father. He was at once apprehensive but excited. He was worried about how his daughter would fare as a lone businesswoman in an entirely different culture and country but he saw the desire in her eyes and had already seen what she could accomplish. There was no doubt in his mind that it was the right move, and with that Scala was born.
Scala is Greek for Sialkot and was chosen as the name to reflect the cities now established reputation as a global hub for surgical instrument production. Samina’s goal was simple, to bring the very best instruments at the best prices to the UK market. By now surgical instruments were big business but Samina and A.G knew they could thrive amidst the big the corporates because of their unrelenting focus and obsession for quality control, supported by a flexible and adaptable supply chain.
Moving with the times and adapting to the ever changing demands of some of the most innovative surgeons in the world, Scala has established itself as a leading supplier of surgical instruments. Maintaining the highest standards of quality control, delivered to order. Scala ensures it’s customers across the UK and worldwide receive the right tool to right place at the right time.
Continuing a tradition that started in the dusty streets of Sialkot, Scala has been serving surgeons and the wider medical profession for over 50 years. It represents the very best features of a dynamic and enterprising family business that has succeeded through three generations. The business is now run by Samina’s son Haroon under the watchful eye of his mother and in the spirit of the original founder A.G.
For Scala delivering surgical instruments is more then just a business, it’s a Passion.
Scala, Cutting edge since 1938.