About Us

Smithstown Light Engineering is a second generation, indigenous Irish firm operating for over 45 years and employing 128 people. We specialise in the provision of precision engineering solutions to the top medical device and orthopaedic companies globally.

Our History

Smithstown Light Engineering was founded by Brian King in 1974 and have been manufacturing in Shannon since then. Starting out with a workforce of 4 skilled toolmakers Smithstown built steadily over the years up to a current workforce of over 50 skilled workers. In 1984, Smithstown entered a partnership with Molex further strengthening our position servicing the electronics industry. At that time our primary products were plastic injection moulds typically for complex electrical connectors. We also manufactured high precision production tooling and jigs and fixtures.

In the early nineties Smithstown began to move towards specialising in Medical Device manufacturing. Our strong background in developing high quality products stood us well and we moved to develop the quality systems to support this new focus. In 1993 we obtained the ISO9001 quality standard for our Quality Management System. Since then we have invested heavily in machinery, technology and in our staff and have become a premium supplier in the medical devices sector. In 2006 we implemented ISO13485 for Medical Devices to further strengthen our QMS

In 2006, Smithstown returned to 100% Irish ownership when Molex accepted an offer from Smithstown for their share in the company. In 2011, Gerard King moved into the role of Managing Director and since then we have further underlined our commitment to continuously improving our QMS by implementing ISO14001 Environmental standard.

In 2013, in order to allow for future growth of the company, we extended our floor space by building on a 14,000sq ft extension and continued to invest in technology by adding several new machining resources (please click on our facilities and equipment page to read more).  We soon reached capacity and in 2017 we opened a second manufacturing site with 10,000 sq ft and hired an additional 30 staff.  We have just added a 30,000sq ft extension to that site.

“Smithstown are a preferred supplier for Orthopaedic instruments because of their ability to supply products that consistently meet our quality standards”
Operations Director, Stryker Orthopaedics, Limerick
“Smithstown is like another department within Filtertek. They work with us from prototype design concepts, right through pilot production & into high volume manufacturing, offering technical solutions to challenging problems. With ever decreasing timelines, Smithstown deliver tooling that′s right first time.”
Plant Manager, Filtertek-ITW
“Smithstown has been consistently supplying precision spare tooling, meeting and often exceeding our demanding expectations on quality & delivery”
Moulding Manager, Becton Dickinson
“Smithstown have become an important supplier to Millipore and are now a preferred supplier in the design & manufacture of Quality Moulds with a back up service that is second to none”
Project Engineer, Millipore