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The milestones that made us grow into market leaders

SMC Corporation was established in 1959 as a manufacturer of sintered metal filters and filtration elements under the trading name of Sintered Metal Corporation.

In 1961 the company launched its first range of pneumatic components, air line equipment, and by 1970 the product range had extended to the manufacture of cylinders.

In 1967, SMC embarked on its first overseas venture in Australia and in 1976 SMC landed in Europe, opening the first subsidiary in Switzerland. Presently SMC has sales offices in 83 countries.

To date there are 36 manufacturing plants worldwide all having ISO9001 and ISO 14001 accreditation. In 2012, it was inaugurated the first European Central Factory in Czech Republic.

The name Sintered Metal Corporation was amended in 1985 to SMC Corporation in preparation for quotation on the Japanese Stock Exchange in 1987.

SMC Corporation Timeline

  1. Our first FRL dates back to the 60s

    1959 – Company starts trading under the denomination Shoketsu Kogo Co Ltd, the Sintered Metal Corporation

    1961 – First manufacture and sale of pneumatic air line equipment (air F.R.L. units)

    1964 – First manufacture and sale of automatic control equipment

    1967 – First overseas subsidiary is set up in Australia

  2. Sintered Metal Corporation lands in Europe

    1970 – First manufacture and sale of actuators (air cylinders)

    1971 - First manufacture and sale of directional control equipment (direct operated solenoid valves)

    1976 – First subsidiary in Europe is set up in Switzerland

    Establishment of European subsidiaries

    1978 –UK & Germany

  3. SMC Corporation is borned

    1986 – Company is renamed SMC Corporation

    1987 – Company is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange

    Establishment of European subsidiaries

    1981 – Italy, Netherlands & Belgium

    1986 – Sweden

    1988 – France

  4. Technical support starts being at the heart of our business

    1991 – Japan Technical Centre completed

    Establishment of European subsidiaries

    1990 – Austria, Ireland, Spain & Portugal

    1991 – Hungary

    1996 – Russia

    1998 - Denmark

  5. Our technical support vocation spreads around the globe

    2000 – European Technical Centre is completed

    2002 – US Technical Centre is completed

    2002 – European Marketing Centre is completed

    2004 – European Central Warehouse is completed

    2007 – China Technical Centre is completed

    2008 – German Technical Centre is completed

    Establishment of European subsidiaries

    2000 – Poland

    2001 – Finland, Estonia & Latvia

    2004 – Bulgaria

    2005 – Lithuania & Croatia

  6. Our products get closer to you in Europe

    2011 – Russian production plant starts manufacturing

    2012 – Czech Republic production plant starts manufacturing

    Establishment of European subsidiaries

    2010 – Turkey