In August 2017, Endless completed the management buy-out of Sewtec Automation, now one of the UK’s fastest growing and successful bespoke robotics specialists.
Sewtec invents, designs, manufactures, installs, and supports complete bespoke industrial automation solutions worldwide. Working with some of the best-known brands across a wide variety of industries, the team solve complex engineering challenges that others cannot or will not tackle.
More than 85 per cent of its sales are exports, with clients including Tata, Huhtamaki, Nestle, Greencore, and Imperial Brands.
The business has seen significant growth following our investment and company now aims to deliver a turnover of £50m and headcount of 190 by 2023.
To enable its continued growth, Sewtec has in early 2020relocated to a 75,000 sq ft state-of-the-art facility in Wakefield, more than doubling the size of its previous premises in Dewsbury.
Sewtec’s development so far has been recognised in prestigious awards, including as company of the year (£10m-£50m) and exporter of the year at The Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards, and national winner at the European Business Awards.
The last word
Endless takes great pride in the continuing growth and development of the business and team at Sewtec. The company is a true Yorkshire success story and a great example of highly skilled British manufacturing.
Andrew Ross, partner at Endless, said: “Sewtec has had an exceptional period following the MBO and continues with real momentum. What Mark and the team at Sewtec have achieved in recent months in terms of the strategic move into the new site and the trading performance is exceptional.
“We have just passed the third anniversary since our investment in Sewtec and remain very excited about the future growth plans for this fantastic Yorkshire business.”
Mark Cook, Managing Director at Sewtec, added “The investment in our new facility has enabled us to bring our staff together under one roof, improve operational efficiencies, and create a working environment that truly show-cases our capabilities to customers, suppliers, and to attract quality new recruits.
“With such strong foundations in place, we are well placed to respond to the rising demand for industrial automation systems and continue our ambitious plans for growth over the medium term.”
Key person for this case study
A Partner in the Investment Team, Andy is responsible for the firm’s operations in Yorkshire and the North East from our Leeds Headquarters. This includes delivering new transactions, as well as working closely with some of our investments. Prior to joining Endless, Andy spent 16 years at PwC advising regional corporates and their stakeholders through sales, purchases, restructures and refinancing projects.