One of our largest markets, where our products are trusted by our customers to help them save and enhance lives. There is increasing demand worldwide due to an ageing population, increases in chronic diseases and increased healthcare spending in developing countries.
While Smiths Medical focuses heavily on this market, both Smiths Interconnect and Flex-Tek supply solutions to medical device manufacturers.
Our threat detection equipment helps keep people and assets safe. Demand in the security market is driven by persistent and evolving terror threats, changing security regulations, and increased global air travel and trade. Aftermarket opportunities rise as the installed base grows. The defence market is served by Smiths Detection through imaging and sensing detection products and by Smiths Interconnect through secure connectivity solutions. Growth in this market is primarily driven by defence and security spending.
Customers put their trust in our products and services to support a wide range of general industrial applications in sectors including petrochemical, mining, pulp & paper, water treatment, semiconductor testing, heating elements, automotive and rail transportation. These sectors and others are served by John Crane, Smiths Interconnect and Flex-Tek, with growth generally tracking increases in GDP worldwide.
Satellite launches, deep space exploration and emerging activities such as asteroid mining are driving demand for high-reliability solutions in the space market. Growth in aerospace is coming from new fuel-efficient aircraft and increasing passenger and freight traffic. Flex-Tek provides hydraulic hoses and fuel lines for airframes and engines and Smiths Interconnect supplies ultra high-quality connectors, microwave components and antenna systems for aircraft and satellite communications.