Smiths Detection opened a major new manufacturing plant for X-ray baggage scanners in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
The manufacturer said that the new facility can help expand the sales of its advanced screening systems in the fast growing markets of Southeast Asia, notably for aviation security.
"The Asian aviation market is forecast to grow strongly for the foreseeable future, complemented by good growth in our other market sectors," said Mal Maginnis, president of Smiths Detection. "The Johor plant represents a major step towards aligning our manufacturing footprint to our worldwide business requirements," added Maginnis.
Pilot production at the 130,000 sq ft site has started and most of the space is expected to be occupied within 18 months as the workforce gradually increases to around 170.
Smiths Detection has three regional hubs for X-ray production in Wiesbaden, Germany, Maryland, US and now Malaysia. Singapore is the regional headquarters for Smiths Detection.
The Johor facility will gradually increase production rates as the Wiesbaden facility focuses more on production for European and regional customers, as well as research & development, engineering, and product development functions.
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.
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