Wakefield industrial automation firm expands operations with new multi-million pound HQ

11 September 2020

A Wakefield-based industrial automation specialist has boosted its growth plans with a move to a new design manufacturing facility.

Sewtec Automation has completed its relocation to the multi-million pound headquarters at Silkwood Park near junction 40 of the M1.

Specialising in the invention, design, manufacturing and installation of complex industrial automation systems, Sewtec Automation works with customers such as Nestlé, AstraZeneca, Tata, McVities, Twinings and Proctor & Gamble.

Covering 75,000 sq ft, the firm’s new base more than double the total size of its seven previous sites in Dewsbury and design office in Wakefield combined, and will house its 120-strong workforce.

The firm has signed a 15-year lease for its new facility, which includes modern R&D and office spaces, as well as an assembly area, machine shop, fabrication bays and stores and production and quality control offices.

Commenting on the move, Sewtec Automation’s managing director, Mark Cook, said: “The move to our new facility is hugely significant as it provides the launch pad for the continued implementation of our ambitious growth plans.

“By moving to this new location, we’ve been able to bring all our people together under one roof in an excellent design and manufacturing environment, increase our capacity and improve our operational efficiencies.

“Despite the challenges of Covid-19, we’re experiencing growing demand for our inventive approach to automation, both here in the UK and overseas. Our new facility will enable us to maximise our potential and meet that growing demand.”

This project received investment from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), delivered by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, through the £1bn Leeds City Region Growth Deal.

Roger Marsh OBE DL, chair of LEP and NP11, added: “Investment is a key factor in helping our businesses to grow, improve productivity and ultimately create new jobs.”