Smiths Detection Opens Manufacturing Plant for Baggage Scanners in Malaysia

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Friday, 12 October 2012

Smiths Detection has opened a major new manufacturing plant for X-ray baggage scanners, in Malaysia.

Pilot production at the 130,000 square foot site in the Malaysian city of Johor Bahru has started and most of the space is expected to be occupied within 18 months as the workforce gradually increases to around 170.

The Asian aviation market is forecast to grow strongly for the foreseeable future, complemented by good growth in our other market sectors. The Johor plant represents a major step towards aligning our manufacturing footprint to our worldwide business requirements, said Mal Maginnis, President of Smiths Detection. As a truly global player, Smiths Detection has three regional hubs for X-ray production in Wiesbaden, Germany, Maryland, USA and now Malaysia, to help us maximise the benefits from improved 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.

The Johor facility, about seven miles from Singapore, will gradually increase production rates as the Wiesbaden facility focuses more on production for European and regional customers and, most importantly, on the research & development, engineering, and product development functions, in its critical role as the companys global centre of excellence for X-ray technology.

Manufacturing at Johor will initially focus on systems to screen hand baggage and parcels, followed by larger versions that screen pallets and freight in around six months. The advanced aTiX automatic explosives detector will be manufactured at the new site from late 2013.

Singapore has been the regional headquarters for Smiths Detection for more than 10 years.

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