SMC - Business Awards UK - 2023 Best International Manufacturer

SMC Announced as the Business Awards UK Best International Manufacturer of the Year 2023

We are proud to announce SMC has won the 2023 Business Awards UK as “Best International Manufacturer of the Year”.

In a world where manufacturing excellence is the cornerstone of economic growth, SMC (South Midlands Communications Ltd) has consistently proven itself as an exemplary international manufacturer.

Since its inception in 1958, SMC quickly evolved into a powerhouse of communication solutions, focusing on supplying to defence ministries and developing nations.

SMC is a dynamic and innovative manufacturer of masts, antennas and RF communications dedicated to delivering cutting-edge solutions to a diverse range of sectors. With a commitment to excellence and a track record of success, SMC has established itself as a trusted partner for businesses looking to enhance their connectivity, efficiency, and productivity of operations. SMC offers a comprehensive multitude of services designed to meet the unique needs of various industries, including defence, Government, emergency services, meteorological, NGOs, and more.

Transcending Borders

SMC’s strength lies not only in its compact workforce but also in its ability to transcend borders and boundaries. With a dedicated team, the company has cultivated a diverse and efficient workforce that exemplifies its commitment to expanding horizons and serving clients on a global scale.

SMC’s commitment to excellence extends beyond its borders. In 2003, the company expanded its international footprint by establishing Hilomast LLC in the United States, a strategic move that involved significant investments in manufacturing and office facilities in Florida. This willingness to invest in international markets demonstrates SMC’s adaptability and determination to seize opportunities beyond its home turf.


Historical Significance

SMC’s contributions to the United Kingdom’s national interests are immeasurable. In 1982, during the Falklands Conflict in the South Atlantic, they played a pivotal role in supporting Royal Navy communications. Their unwavering dedication earned them accolades from the Ministry of Defence, showcasing their vital contributions to the nation’s security and defence.


Ground-breaking Innovation

Its legacy isn’t limited to Earth; SMC has made their mark in space too. In 1991, SMC enabled two-way radio contact with Helen Sharman, the first Briton in space, aboard the MIR Space Station. This historic achievement demonstrated their technical prowess and ability to excel in the most challenging environments.


Quality Assurance

SMC’s accreditation to ISO 9001 Quality Management System speaks volumes about their commitment to delivering quality masts, antennas, and RF communications consistently around the world. This certification ensures that every product bearing the SMC name adheres to the highest standards of quality and reliability. It underscores their dedication to customer satisfaction and product excellence.

Beyond SMC’s core focus on communications, the versatility and reputation of SMC’s products have led them to be utilised in a myriad of applications, transcending the boundaries of traditional communication. Their solutions are found in the ice-covered expanses of Svalbard and the arid deserts of the Middle East. They provide security and broadcasting services for internationally televised Royal occasions and prestigious sporting events, such as the NFL and Grand Prix. SMC’s products support expeditions across the unforgiving terrain of Antarctica and play a critical role in border control operations in locations as diverse as Singapore. Moreover, their contributions extend to bolstering defence alliances in countries including India, Israel, Italy, France, Germany, the United States, and the United Kingdom.


Core Values

At the heart of SMC’s success, the collaborative work culture encourages cross-functional teamwork, leading to innovative solutions and continuous improvement. Transparency is also a core value at SMC. The company believes that open and honest communication is the foundation of trust and growth.


Adaptability in Crisis

In the face of the unprecedented challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, SMC’s commitment to innovation continued to shine. The company launched the one-of-a-kind Bumblebee mast, designed specifically for defence purposes. This adjustable and lightweight mast is not only ground-breaking but also the world’s first non-conductive mast. It exemplifies SMC’s adaptability and capacity to provide critical solutions during crises, ensuring that clients have the tools they need to succeed, even in challenging circumstances.


SMC recognised as “Best International Manufacturer of the Year 2023”

Our journey is a remarkable testament to manufacturing excellence, innovation, and global impact. With a 65-year legacy, international workforce and clients, commitment to quality, and historical contributions we are thrilled to announce we are the Business Awards UK “International Manufacturer of the Year” 2023. As SMC look ahead, we remain steadfast in our mission to serve our clients and continue our journey of excellence on the global stage.

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