Our comprehensive range of detection technologies, including X-ray, trace detection and infra-red spectroscopy helps customers in the global transportation, ports and borders, critical infrastructure, military and emergency responder markets.
2015 Revenue £467m
2015 Operating profit margin 11.9%
X-ray scanners, trace detection equipment and integrated security solutions for screening passengers, cabin and hold luggage and air cargo
High-energy X-ray scanners for inspecting vehicles and cargo to identify weapons, drugs and contraband and minimise lost customs tax
Portable, ruggedised chemical agent detectors to detect and identify chemical releases, protecting deployed troops and HazMat teams
X-ray scanners to protect private and government assets (eg hotels, courts, prisons, government buildings) from terrorist threat
Our manufacturing centres are concentrated in Germany, France, Malaysia, USA and the UK. We sell to over 200 countries around the world either direct or through third‑party distributors.
The majority of revenues are influenced by more than 100 governments and their agencies, including homeland security authorities, customs authorities, emergency responders and the military. These include the US Department of Defense, US Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the UK Ministry of Defence. All US sales and support activities are controlled under a Special Security Agreement with the US Department of Defense and managed by the operating subsidiary Smiths Detection Inc., to provide independent oversight of the business, its classified contracts and work.