Yorkshire robotics firm Sewtec targets £50m turnover target

Sewtec Automation by Mark Newton Photography
Sewtec Automation by Mark Newton Photography
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West Yorkshire robotics firm Sewtec has upped its financial targets after it doubled its turnover to more than £28m.

The Dewsbury and Wakefield firm’s turnaround under Leeds-based private equity firm Endless, is running ahead of schedule, having previously been aiming to deliver revenues of £32m by 2023.

SewTec, Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury.'12 August 2017.  Picture Bruce Rollinson

SewTec, Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury.'12 August 2017. Picture Bruce Rollinson

Having almost reached that figure in 14 months, Sewtec bosses are now seeking to deliver £50m in turnover within four years.

Profit stood at £9m, with Sewtec having increased its number of employees from 79 to 127 in the last 12 months across a wide range of disciplines including engineering, manufacturing, project management, purchasing and sales.

The business aims to create a further 63 highly skilled roles within the four-year time frame.

Managing director Mark Cook said: “Although increasing sales are driving our excellent financial performance, they would not be achieved without everyone at Sewtec embracing the rapid, positive change that our transformation strategy is delivering.

Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards at the National Railway Museum in York.'Exporter Award winners Sewtec.'1st November 2018.

Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards at the National Railway Museum in York.'Exporter Award winners Sewtec.'1st November 2018.

“Our new £50m turnover target is ambitious and will be demanding. However, we believe it is realistic as it provides the focus for us to fully realise Sewtec’s tremendous potential as an increasingly preferred global player in robotics manufacturing.”

Sewtec designs, manufactures, installs and commissions complex industrial systems for global blue-chip clients in the pharmaceutical food and beverage and tobacco industries. More than 85 per cent of the company’s sales are exports.