The SMC Corporation manufactures and sells pneumatic control equipment for use in fields that include agriculture and fisheries, as well as in industries such as automobiles, digital home appliances, high technology, machinery, telecommunications, transportation, and more. Through a worldwide network of subsidiaries, the group offers actuators, air line equipment, directional control valves, and industrial filters. SMC enjoys a 60% market share in its home country of Japan and 25% globally. The company gets more than half of its sales outside Japan.
The company maintains more than 60 sales offices in Japan and an additional 330 outside its home country. It also operates more than 15 production facilities located in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America. SMC has technical centers in Japan, the UK, and the US.
The company was established in 1959 with the name Shoketsu Kinzoku Kogyu Co., Ltd., which is translated as Sintered Metal Corporation. – less