Smiths Detection

What we do

Smiths Detection is a global leader in threat detection and screening technologies that protect people and assets.

A global presence

  • £803m
    revenue in FY2023
  • 11.2%
    Operating profit margin
  • c.3,250
  • 26%
    of Group revenue



  • Aviation – airports and governments. Regulators are also highly involved and shape market development
  • Other Security Systems – a significant presence in high-energy cargo inspection systems (ports and borders), integrated screening systems for a broad range of urban situations (court houses, prisons, offices, shopping malls, rail stations, etc.), long-standing partnerships with governments for detection of chemicals and explosives in national defence

Competitive strengths


  • Global reach and market-leading brand
  • Differentiated proprietary technologies leveraged across a broad range of markets
  • Significant research and development and digital capabilities
  • Focus on minimising product energy use
  • Customer intimacy and loyalty through equipment cycle and aftermarket offer
  • Operating in regulated market segments that require product certification
  • Network of ~100 locations

Growth drivers


  • Persistent and evolving threats to national security, public safety and critical infrastructure
  • Changing aviation security regulations and customer requirements across our industries
  • Growing populations and urbanisation
  • Growth of global transportation infrastructure
  • Global growth of international trade and e-commerce
  • Need for integrated digital solutions
  • Staffing constraints are driving demand for digital image analysis software such as automated threat recognition
  • Equipment replacement cycle, typically 8–10 years



Competitors include Rapiscan, Leidos, Nuctech, Flir, Chemring and Bruker

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Smiths Detection
Smiths Detection
Century House
Maylands Avenue
Hemel Hempstead
United Kingdom
T: +44 (0) 1923 658 000 Web