Smiths Detection opens global hub in Malaysia
By Digital News Asia January 28, 2014
- Newly established hub in Malaysia joins one each in Germany and the US
- Global hubs improve distribution, logistics, speed-to-market, customer service
ADVANCED detection systems designer and manufacturer Smiths Detection has established Smiths Detection Malaysia (SDM), its Asia Pacific manufacturing facility, Johor Baru, Malaysia.
The establishment of 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 company said in a statement.
“The Johor plant represents a major step towards aligning our manufacturing footprint to our worldwide business requirements,” said Smiths Detection interim president Brian Jones.
“As a truly global player, 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 United States 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,” he added.
Located in Nusajaya, Johor Baru, the new 130,000 sq ft facility successfully completed its pilot production in September 2012. Now fully operational, it manufactures systems that screen hand baggage, parcels, pallets and freight, Smiths Detection said.
Production is running at around 100 systems a month, the company added, and has a workforce of around 60 skilled Malaysian technicians comprising specialists in assembly and commissioning, supply chain management and quality control.
Smiths Detection offers security solutions in civil and military markets worldwide, developing and manufacturing government-regulated technology products that help detect and identify explosives, chemical and biological agents, radiological and nuclear threats, weapons, narcotics and contraband. It has had its regional headquarters in Singapore for more than 10 years now.
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