Friday, August 14, 2020

New Wakefield facility for flourishing automation specialist

Yorkshire industrial automation specialist Sewtec is relocating to a 75,000 sq ft facility in Wakefield as the business continues to implement its transformation strategy.

Sewtec has signed a 15-year agreement to lease an existing building in Silkwood Park near junction 40 of M1, which is more than double the size of its current premises in Dewsbury.

A multi-million-pound investment will see Sewtec create a state-of-the-art design and manufacturing facility.

Expected to be operational by March 2020, all 130 employees will relocate and the business estimates that more than 70 new jobs will be created at the site in the next three years.

This July, Sewtec announced its turnover had more than doubled to a record £28 million with EBITDA of £9 million, in the year to 30 June 2019. The company is now aiming to deliver a turnover of £50 million by 2023.

Sewtec’s rapid growth follows a successful management buyout in August 2017, which was backed by Leeds-headquartered private equity firm Endless.

“This is an excellent, modern facility which will transform how Sewtec operates and help us further realise our potential,” said Sewtec MD Mark Cook.

“Client demand for our bespoke automation machinery continues to grow at pace and in many global markets. The investment will provide us with space to meet this demand and increase our manufacturing capability.

“It will also enable us to attract and retain more highly skilled engineers, as well as benefiting the local community through apprenticeships, supplier networks and our school outreach programme.

“This is an exciting time for Sewtec and we will enter 2020 with the momentum required to achieve our 2023 growth target.”

The new facility will include modern R&D and office spaces, with breakout areas to further enhance innovation and problem-solving. Plans also include new production and quality control offices plus a significant increase in the assembly area, machine shop, fabrication bays and stores.

The building and all the planned enhancements will maintain Sewtec’s commitment to sustainability and minimising the company’s environmental footprint.

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