Generations of Expertise

A History of Innovation

Formed almost 100 years ago, JJ Smith are a 4th generation family owned and managed company, which means we take the long view when offering equipment – building long term relationships and seeing at first hand how our machines have helped grow their businesses. The best accolade we could have is the fact many of our customers come back to us time and time again when looking to renew or update their machines.


JJ Smith was founded by brothers John James, Percy, William & Thomas Smith. Specialised in mechanical and electrical engineering based at Marlborough Works, Liverpool.

Timeline 2010s


Started installation and servicing of woodworking machinery.
Took over 2 small local engineering companies who were manufacturing saw benches and sanders.

Timeline 2000s


Factory burned down during the 8 day blitz of Liverpool. Moved to new factory site in Melling and manufactured aircraft parts to help the war effort. Started production of the "Smith" classical range of planers, spindle moulders, circular ripsaws, sanders and mortisers

Timeline 1990s


Alongside manufacturing new machinery, the company also moved into sales of used / reconditioned machinery and began attending UK exhibitions to display and sell the Smith range of machines.

Timeline 1980s


Added sales of new machinery manufactured by Wadkin, Robinson, Cooksley. Expanded worldwide exports of used / reconditioned machines.

Timeline 1970s


Pioneered in the UK importation of Woodworking Machinery manufactured in Italy, Germany, USA and Japan. Due to demand for used machines in the Far East we opened up offices / showrooms in Singapore and Malaysia.



Melling premises extended with a new 15,000 ft warehouse to increase showroom / demonstration area. Opened showroom and offices near to Heathrow airport and joint venture companies J J Smith Italy and J J Smith Holland.

Timeline 1950's


Consolidated position as one of the leading UK importers of high tech woodworking equipment.
Sold 7 acre site in Melling for housing development

Timeline 1940's


Moved into current 40,000ft2 factory and offices in Moorgate Road, Kirkby. Supplied the 1st CNC controlled copy lathe into the UK market and introduced the 1st Fully automatic crosscut saw to UK

Timeline 1930's


Began importation and sale of more specialised CNC machines for furniture parts, sofas, joinery etc. Entered into Anglo / Dutch joint venture to manufacture and distribute worldwide a range of equipment for Timber Frame House production.
Installed the first Timber Frame line in New Zealand.

Timeline 1923

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