Dixons is truly a family affair. Dixons Surgical Instruments makes and supplies surgical instruments, portable autoclaves (to sterilize such instruments), and operating table accessories to hospitals and surgeons in the UK, Australia, Egypt, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, and Vietnam. It supplies a wide variety of instruments, especially for use in facial, orthopedic, thoracic, and proctological applications (though many other specialties are covered as well). Although it often brands products with its own name, Dixons can also supply unbranded instruments. It also makes reusable needles such as those used for biopsies and epidurals. The family-owned firm was founded in 1948 by Frank Dixon.