Smiths Detection - Smiths Group plc


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General enquiries

Smiths Detection
7th floor,
1 Sheldon Square,
W2 6TT,

T: +44 (0)203 549 3820
F: +44 (0) 1923 240 285

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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Inside of a factory

Smiths Detection is a leader in its sector and produces equipment for customers in the air transportation, ports and borders, urban security and military end-use markets.

Key facts

2017 Revenue £687m

2017 Headline operating margin 15.0%

Principal operating regions

We sell our products to around 200 countries and territories, with manufacturing facilities in Germany, France, Malaysia, USA and the UK.


The majority of revenues are influenced by over 100 governments and their agencies. The acquisition of Morpho Detection significantly enhances our market-leading positions and expands the product portfolio.

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

Financial highlights

Revenue performance £m

Revenue by sector

  • Air transportation 52%
  • Ports and borders 15%
  • Military 9%
  • Urban security 24%

Competitive strengths

  • A market leader with a strengthened global position following the Morpho acquisition
  • Operate in several regulated markets requiring product certification
  • Technologies leveraged across many markets and applications
  • Growing aftermarket revenues (39% of total)

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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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