Photo - (From left) Brian Jones, Interim President, Smiths Detection; Philip Bowman, Chief Executive, Smiths Group; and Dato' Benjamin Haji Hasbie (R) Federal Commissioner of Iskandar Malaysia going on a facility tour.
Smiths Detection has officially opened its Asia Pacific manufacturing centre in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, which will support the company's advanced X-ray scanner business to emerging markets, said the designer and manufacturer of advanced detection systems.
Speaking in Iskandar Malaysia, Smiths Detection interim president Brian Jones, said, "The establishment of 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 company] now has three regional hubs for X-ray production from which we serve customers all over the world," said Jones. "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," he said during the opening, which was also officiated by Iskandar Malaysia federal commissioner Dato' Benjamin Haji Hasbie, Smiths Group chief executive Philip Bowman, and Smiths Detection Asia managing director Nathan Manzi.
"The Johor plant represents a major step towards aligning our manufacturing footprint to our worldwide business requirements," said Jones, adding that the 130,000 sq.ft [120,770 sq.metres] facility, located in Kawasan Perindustrian Southern Industrial & Logistics Clusters (SiLC), Nusajaya, Johor Bahru, successfully completed its pilot production in September 2012.
He said the centre was now fully operational, and manufactured 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."
The facility is supported by skilled Malaysian technicians comprising specialists in assembly and commissioning, supply chain management, and quality control.
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In Asia for Asia
Nathan Manzi said: "Smiths Detection is in Asia for Asia," added Smiths Detection Asia managing director, Nathan Manzi. "Reduced regional shipping times due to the facility's strategic location have already helped to secure significant new orders from Japan and South Korea."
"The Asian aviation market is forecast to grow strongly for the foreseeable future, complemented by good growth in our other market sectors," he said. "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."
Part of Smiths Group, 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.
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