Novotek sets up new base in Leeds as part of UK expansion


Industrial IT and automation systems provider Novotek UK & Ireland is reaching further into the UK market with the opening of a new base in Leeds.

The new site, at Hawthorn Park in Seacroft, provides much-needed expansion space that will accommodate a doubling of Novotek’s team, and features an innovation lab where customers’ engineering, IT and operations teams will be able to see the systems of the future in action.

The Leeds office is Novotek’s second site in the UK and Ireland, with the company’s existing UK headquarters being in Glasgow. A new team of technical specialists and sales representatives will operate from the new offices, helping Novotek to bring its automation expertise and products to the UK market more effectively. The company chose Leeds due to the increasing role the city is playing as a tech hub, and for the proximity to both the midlands and norther industrial heartlands. The expansion is being supported by the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, through its digital inward investment fund called #welcome.

Tobias Antius, CEO of the Novotek Group, said:“As we evaluated different locations for our new operation, we were introduced to some of the funding and some of the networking mechanisms LEP could offer. We’re delighted at the support Novotek has been given both financially, and in helping to become a well-connected member of the Leeds tech community.”

George Walker, MD of Novotek UK and Ireland, said: “One of the challenges facing the automation industry is the difficulty that comes from describing and demonstrating digital concepts. Without a physical asset, it can be difficult for many engineers and business leaders, who are inclined towards more immediately tangible concepts, to truly visualise how these systems fit together.

“The innovation lab gives us an effective, physical example that customers can use to better understand the value of things like modern SCADA systems, industrial internet of things  platforms and manufacturing execution systems. We want to help British industry modernise and achieve more with digitalisation, and a strong understanding of the opportunities among businesses is crucial in realising this.”

The new Leeds location is a strategic choice in other ways – building an operational and innovation hub there provides an excellent location for collaboration across Novotek’s partner and customer landscape. Novotek works with GE Digital, Emerson Machine Automation and other key partners, bringing technology and methodologies with global market acceptance to its UK and Irish customers. Just as importantly, Novotek acts as a bridge to a large ecosystem of engineering, IT and consultancy firms that adapt these tools and ideas to specific firms’ needs and environments. The new site makes it easier to bring collaborators together both to tackle specific problems, and to work on broader innovations that can be reapplied for different stakeholders.

Headquartered in Sweden, Novotek began its operations in the UK and Ireland by acquiring Kerrco Automation in 2017. Today, the company works with a wide range of businesses across the UK’s manufacturing, process engineering, power and water utilities sectors.