A KIRKLEES manufacturer is enjoying double digit growth and success overseas.
Sewtec Automation is feeling in top of the world – with an order book boasting clients in France, Brazil, Morocco, Poland, Russia, Germany, China, America, Canada, Malaysia, South Africa and Dubai.
The company, which specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of machinery in the process and packaging sectors, has recorded double digit growth year-on-year for the last five years and over the last year has trebled its turn over.
Managing director Bernard Meehan said the firm’s success was down to exporting. About 80% of the business is focused on overseas sales – a strategy that has insulated the company from the recession which has hit many UK manufacturers hard.
The company boasts a range of blue chip clients. Staying true to its Yorkshire roots, the firm continues to manufacture on-site at premises on Ravensthorpe Industrial Estate in Dewsbury and has expanded the business through the benefits of international trade.
Mr Meehan said: “Sewtec Automation has gained an unrivalled reputation for developing innovative, dependable solutions chiefly for the fast moving consumer goods industry. We have always stayed true to our UK and Yorkshire roots and never outsourced anything to China or India.
“Many manufacturers are now coming back to the UK, but at Sewtec we never left. We have in-house mechanical and electrical design facilities both on-site in Dewsbury where we deliver bespoke, high quality machinery for our clients across the world.
“Together with our in-house CNC manufacturing and design facilities we can keep control of the quality but also the lead times. This means we are never dependent on other suppliers.
“The strength of our complete in-house service has helped us to secure global contracts with many of our UK clients who are operating overseas and has been instrumental in our continued success.”
Mr Meehan said: “A key part of any international business is having the right people on board and this has been crucial in the current economic climate.
“We have a highly trained, specialist team who travel around the globe to install and service equipment on-site. Their support is invaluable because many jobs have a quick turnaround and require the guys to travel overseas at short notice.”
He said: “I am delighted to have a fantastic team at Sewtec, but we also benefit from the support of our accountants Mazars who have an excellent international network which has been instrumental for us as the business has moved globally.
“The added benefit of the Mazars international network works really well for us. For example, they are helping us with VAT in Morocco and have an office over there and advisors who are meeting with our guys.
“This gives me great confidence. Working with reliable and professional people is really important to Sewtec.”
Sewtec supplies and installs equipment such as simple conveyor systems to fully automatic, robotic product handling machinery, equipment for filling and capping bottles and electrical control equipment.
It also provides project management and design-and-build services.
The firm dates back to 1867 when the business was the design and development house for Singer the sewing machine manufacturer.
Following a management buy-out in 1982, the company moved away from sewing manufacturing to become focused on the FMCG market.