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 2,150

2015 Revenue £467m

2015 Operating profit margin 11.9%

Revenue by sector

Transportation: 52%

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

Ports and borders: 11%

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: 14%

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

  • Market leader with strong global brand
  • Operates in several regulated markets that require product certification
  • Technologies leveraged across a broad range of markets and applications
  • More than a third of sales from aftermarket service and growing

Financial highlights

Revenue performance £m

Revenue by sector £467m

  1. Transportation 52%
  2. Ports and borders 11%
  3. Military and emergency responders 14%
  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
  • Growing opportunities in software‑driven solutions to provide greater functionality, networking and systems integration
  • Growth of security infrastructure in emerging markets

Principal operating regions

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.

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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
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