Endless investment Sewtec wins four awards in six months

Endless-backed robotics specialist Sewtec has won four prestigious business awards in just six months, as recognition of its success in international markets and target sectors continues to grow.

Dewsbury-based Sewtec designs and manufactures bespoke automation systems for the food, pharmaceutical, personal care and tobacco industries. Its clients include Nestlé, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble, with more than 85 per cent of sales being exports.

Recognising Sewtec’s exporting success, the company was named exporter of the year at the Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards in November 2018. Most recently, it won the international trade category at thebusinessdesk.com Yorkshire Business Masters Awards in March 2019.

In March, Sewtec also topped the digital technology and engineer category at the Insider Made in Yorkshire Awards, putting it in contention nationwide for the Insider Made in the UK awards in June. In the pharmaceutical sector, it was named best UK robotics and automation specialist at the GHP Manufacturing and Packaging Awards.

Leeds-headquartered private equity firm Endless backed a management buy-out (MBO) of Sewtec in August 2017. The company’s management team of technical director Gary Day, controls director Karl Conqueror and sales director Paul Johnson led the MBO, after which managing director Mark Cook joined the company.

In April 2018, Sewtec announced its intention to double turnover to £32m in five years. Within one year, the automation company had secured a record £25m order book, and continued strong performance means it is currently on track to achieve its growth plans early.

Commenting on Sewtec’s award wins, Endless director, Andrew Ross, said: “Sewtec’s management team has produced exceptional results since the MBO and we are very pleased to see this recognised in its recent award wins.

“Our initial investment decision was driven by the enormous potential we saw in this well-established Yorkshire business. Just 18 months on, it is very rewarding to see highly-respected independent judging panels commend the quality of the business and its highly skilled, dynamic team. Award wins like these are an excellent third-party endorsement. As a transformational investor, Endless is proud to support the company’s success.”

In June 2018, Sewtec opened a new mechanical and software engineering design office in Wakefield and an assembly and commissioning site in Normanton, complementing its existing 23,000 sq ft manufacturing facility in Dewsbury. The company now has over 100 employees and this number continues to grow.

For more information about the Endless investment Sewtec, visit www.sewtec.co.uk