Our technology helps customers in the global transportation, ports and borders, critical infrastructure, military and emergency responder markets. We have the most comprehensive range of detection technologies in the world, including -ray, trace detection, infra-red and gamma ray spectroscopy, and millimetre-wave.
2013 Revenue £559m
2013 Operating profit margin 10.4%
Our nine manufacturing centres are concentrated in North America, Germany, France, Russia, Malaysia and the UK. We sell to over 180 countries around the world either direct or through third-party distributors.
A significant majority of sales 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.
Smiths Detection’s broad portfolio in the homeland security and defence sectors brings it into competition with a wide range of companies in individual segments. Principal competitors include: Morpho (air transportation), Rapiscan (air transportation, ports and borders, critical infrastructure), L3 Security & Detection Systems (air transportation), Nuctech (ports and borders), AS&E (ports and borders), FLIR (air transportation, defence), SAIC (ports and borders), Chemring (military), Bruker (military, emergency responders), and Thermo Fisher (military, emergency responders).
We are actively developing synergies across sites and restructuring our purchasing group to ensure that we fully leverage the size of our business. These developments will be on-going taking into account the demand for local content with some of our major customers as well as our stringent quality and delivery requirements. Our procurement team has now been centralised and our engagement with suppliers is being standardised across all business operations.