Smiths detection establishes manufacturing footprint in Asia


  • TECH
  • Friday, 24 Jan 2014

Smiths Detection, the designer and manufacturer of advanced detection systems has formally opened its Asia Pacific Manufacturing Facility in Johor Bahru.

Located in Kawasan Perindustrian Southern Industrial & Logistics Clusters (SiLC), Nusajaya, Johor Bahru, the new 130,000 square foot facility successfully completed its pilot production in September 2012.

Now fully operational, it manufactures systems that screen hand baggage, parcels, pallets and freight. The workforce totals around 60 and production is now running at around 100 systems a month

Smiths Detection Malaysia (SDM) will improve and support both global and regional sales of advanced X-ray scanners, particularly in fast-growing, emerging markets like Vietnam, China, India and Indonesia.

The facility is supported by Malaysian technicians comprising specialists in assembly and commissioning, supply chain management, and quality control.

Nathan Manzi managing director of Smiths Detection Asia said: “Smiths Detection is in Asia for Asia. We are committed to safeguard and protect our world through technology, innovation and manufacturing excellence.

“The Asian aviation market is forecast to grow strongly for the foreseeable future, complemented by good growth in our other market sectors. We work closely with governments, academia and leading institutions to respond to changing security threats, and together we develop cutting-edge threat detection and security solutions.” he added.

Now fully operational, SDM manufactures systems that screen hand baggage, parcels, pallets and freight. The workforce totals around 60 and production is now running at around 100 systems a month.

“Smiths Detection now has three regional hubs for X-ray production from which we serve customers all over the world. Our hubs in Germany, the USA, and now Malaysia, will help us improve distribution, logistics, speed-to-market, and customer service. Quality levels have been standardised across all three locations to maintain our leading reputation in this critical product area,” Brian Jones, interim president of Smiths Detection said.

Singapore has been the regional headquarters for Smiths Detection for more than 10 years, with an office at Shaw Tower, Beach Road.


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