Smiths Detection - Smiths Group plc


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General enquiries

Smiths Detection
459 Park Avenue,
Bushey, Herts,
WD23 2BW,

T: +44 (0) 1923 658 000
F: +44 (0) 1923 221 361

Where we operate

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.

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Smiths Detection is a world-leading designer and manufacturer of sensors that detect and identify explosives, weapons, chemical agents, biohazards, nuclear & radioactive material, narcotics and contraband.

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.

Key facts

Employees 2,050

2016 Revenue £526m

2016 Operating profit margin 13.0%

Revenue by sector

Transportation: 45%

X-ray scanners, trace detection equipment and integrated security solutions for screening passengers, cabin and hold luggage and air cargo

Ports and borders: 17%

High-energy X-ray scanners for inspecting vehicles and cargo to identify weapons, drugs and contraband and minimise lost customs tax

Military and emergency
responders: 15%

Portable, ruggedised chemical agent detectors to detect and identify chemical releases, protecting deployed troops and HazMat teams

Critical infrastructure: 23%

X-ray scanners to protect private and government assets (eg hotels, courts, prisons, government buildings) from terrorist threat

Competitive strengths

  • Strong global brand
  • Operates in regulated markets requiring rigorous product certification
  • Technologies leveraged across many markets and applications
  • Investment in continuous improvement driving division-wide efficiencies
  • Growing aftermarket revenues (37% of total revenues)

Financial highlights

Revenue performance £m

Revenue by sector £526m

  1. Transportation 45%
  2. Ports and borders 17%
  3. Military and emergency responders 15%
  4. Critical infrastructure 23%

Growth drivers

  • Persistent and evolving terror threats
  • Changing security regulations for air cargo and passengers
  • Equipment replacement cycle – typically 7-10 years
  • Software-driven solutions providing functionality, networking and systems integration
  • Growth of security infrastructure in emerging markets

Principal operating regions

We manufacture in Germany, France, Malaysia, US and the UK. We sell to over 200 countries.


The majority of revenues are influenced by over 100 governments and their agencies. Transportation customers account for 45% of revenues.

Priorities for 2017

  • Strengthen sales channels in all regions
  • Drive R&D investment behind key productinitiatives
  • Launch value engineered products in specific end markets
  • Deliver further growth in aftermarket revenues
  • Implement continuous improvement initiatives

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Smiths Group divisions:

John Crane, Smiths Medical, Smiths Detection, Smiths Interconnect, Flex-Tek

Smiths Group plc:
Registered office 4th Floor, 11-12 St James’s Square, London, SW1Y 4LB
Incorporated in England No. 137013
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