Welcome to Smiths Manufacturing (Pty) Ltd online.

Proudly South African

Smiths Manufacturing (Pty) Ltd is a leading manufacturer and assembler of automotive air-conditioning and engine cooling components in Durban, South Africa.

Metair Investments Limited, a JSE listed company specialising in the manufacture of automotive components, is the major shareholding company, with DENSO CORPORATION, a global automotive components manufacturer, who has a 25% shareholding. Smiths have contracts with all Motor Plants based in South Africa. With its direct exports to America and Europe, including the UK, and indirect exports of components on vehicles being exported from SA, approximately half of Smiths' components leave SA's shores.

Nature of business

Manufacturer and assembler of radiators and heat exchangers, multiflow and serpentine condensers, integrated HVAC and heater systems, blower motors, engine cooling modules, cooling fan assemblies, refrigerant pipes and hoses.

Social Responsibility

Smiths companies are established in KwaZulu-Natal and have been rated amongst the top 300 companies in South Africa.

Smiths implement its social responsibility programme in the community, supporting over 30 charities in KZN. Smiths run diverse educational campaigns and have an AIDS Awareness and Help programme for employees.

Smiths' Manufacturing Capabilities

Smiths have 4 manufacturing and assembly plants in Durban, with more than 25,000 sqm of space. The breakdown of the plants is as follows:

Plant 1 - Head Office and Assembly Plant
Plant 2 - Heat Exchanger Plant
Plant 3 - Fluid Exchanger Plant
Plant 4 - Expanded Heat Exchanger Plant
Plant 5 - Warehousing Facility

Quality and Business Operating Standards

Quality and Business standards are incorporated into an Integrated Business Management System (IBMS) being the intrinsic element of daily operations which comprises a comprehensive Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) programme.

Smiths companies are registered and certified by Underwriters Laboratories for International Standards ISO/TS 16949:2002, ISO 9001:2000, ISO 14001:2004 AND OHSAS 18001:1999

Systems and Products are manufactured and qualified strictly in accordance with licensor standards and customer specific requirements using licensor/customer approved facilities, methods and product verification equipment.

List of Products

Please click on the links below to navigate to the various products that we manufacture

• Heat Exchanger Manufacturing
• Fluid Exchanger Manufacturing
• Assembly Plant


Smiths companies have a philosophy of "Continuous Improvement" in a "Total Industrial Engineering" - TIE Programme.

• Competitor advanced technology threats
• Denso and Customer specifications
• Manufacturing Process cost savings targets

Our People

Smiths employ over 700 people, of whom nearly 100 are qualified engineers. A formal company-wide skills development programme is in place, which seeks to enhance the skills of employees across the board. In order to ensure that we provide continuous, quality service to our customers, the programme includes the multiskilling of employees, on the job training and familiarization with TIE philosophies.

Our Customers

Smiths companies supply the following OEMs with one or more components

• DaimlerChrysler
• Ford
• General Motors
• Land Rover
• Nissan
• Toyota

In addition Smiths exports products to the USA and the EU.