Intelligent Engineering: Where It Began

For over twenty five years Semmco has been dedicated to designing innovative solutions for a safe and efficient working environment across a number of critical industrial sectors.

Founded in 1993 by Managing Director Stuart McOnie, Semmco entered the market with a range of engineered solutions for service companies at Heathrow Airport building nitrogen generating systems as well as developing nitrogen and oxygen panels.

However, Stuart’s working life began with designing different types of breathing apparatus and with years of experience and very specific knowledge, he and his team embarked on a research and development project to create HEAD 10, a new concept in escape breathing apparatus. Providing 10 minutes of escape time, at a lower cost with considerably reduced maintenance and a never before seen inbuilt personal safety alarm, this product quickly garnered praise and recognition. HEAD 10 appeared on Tomorrow’s World, the much loved science and technology television series and won industry awards, including the inaugural 2001 British Safety Industry Federation Product Innovation Award. This product was the first in Semmco’s Life Protection Systems range and is used across chemical, power generation, water and automotive industries worldwide. A later version, the 15 minute rescue set, HEAD15, is now found in all UK and Irish prisons.

In 1999 , following a trip to a trade show in Miami, Stuart identified an opportunity to manufacture aluminimum variable height access steps for different types and sizes of aircraft.  These aircraft steps enable engineers to carry out maintenance safely and easily. He also realised the potential for this product in other sectors, including rail and developed a new product range that focused on ground support equipment for the aviation market and safe access equipment for the rail industry.

Semmco is now a global business operating across Europe, the Middle East, Australasia and North America. In 2017 Semmco opened a maintenance and assembly facility in Dubai to serve its expanding customer base in the Middle East region as well as acting as a staging post in delivering its products to Australasia.

Customers include British Airways, Virgin, Lufthansa, First Capital Connect, Hitachi Rail, Alstrom, Qatar Airlines, FlyDubai, Royal Airwing, Cathy Pacific, HM Prison Service, BAE Systems, bp, Wessex Water, Southern Water, Welsh Water, United Utilities, Centrica Energy.

In 2019 Semmco’s US office was opened in Arlington, Texas. Building on the company’s heritage and reputation supplying GSE solutions for narrow and wide bodied aircraft over the last 25 years to the States, the USA facility will provide local support and elite servicing to its North American clients – an impressive roster including JetBlue, Air Canada, Delta and American Airlines.

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Every element of the business from design, production, installation and after sales support prides itself on its close customer facing relationships. Staff are approachable, knowledgeable and informative, keeping customers fully abreast with all developments.

Customers know that they can have discussions about a specific product/service requirement and that everything will be done to provide a product that suits their exact requirements, drawing on expertise from each department if required. This ensures a professional, long lasting relationship is created with each and every customer. Equipment is praised for its robustness, longevity and conformity to global standards.

"We are very happy with the services and products provided by Semmco. The one month delivery schedule was adhered to and the regular updates helped in keeping everyone happy."
Colin Wehrle – Health & Safety & Environmental Risk Advisor
Virgin Atlantic Airways
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