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Company Focus - SMC UK

Established for more than fifty years and with a reputation for engineering excellence some organisations might be content to rest on their laurels. Not so worldwide market leaders, SMC.

Continually investing in new product development, SMC strives to meet its customers’ needs through the development of innovative and high quality products.

Using cost-effective production and logistics methods, it is further supported by local engineering expertise.

Established in Japan in 1959, SMC has pursued a strategy of sustainable global growth and currently has a sales presence in 82 countries, with 51 subsidiaries.

The company opened its UK office in 1978, and since 1998 SMC Pneumatics (UK) Ltd has occupied a purpose-built production, logistics and administration facility on a 14 acre site in Milton Keynes, just minutes from major rail and road links, including the M1 motorway.

The UK office is co-located with one of SMC’s two European Technical Centres, where around 70 design engineers offer specialist technical support to some of their customers in Europe.

UK customers also benefit from quicker delivery and customised product options where required because many SMC products are finished or assembled by hand in the Milton Keynes facility. In addition to the 230 staff based in Milton Keynes, SMC also has a nationwide sales team of around 120 technically-trained sales engineers.

Thanks to excellent relationships with 50 regional and national distributors, SMC products are available from 750 trade counters across the entire UK. This means that customers can purchase SMC components in a way that suits them best.

All SMC products are manufactured within an approved ISO9001 quality management system, ensuring consistency of manufacture and ultimately a long and totally reliable operating life for guaranteed peace of mind.