Industrial IT and automation systems provider Novotek UK and Ireland has furthered its growth into the UK market with the opening of its innovative new site in Leeds, Yorkshire.
The new site provides much-needed expansion space that will accommodate a doubling of Novotek’s team, and features an innovation lab where customers’ engineering, IT and operations teams will be able to see the systems of the future in action.
The Leeds office is Novotek’s second site in the UK and Ireland, with the company’s existing UK headquarters being in Glasgow, Scotland. A new team of technical specialists and sales representatives will operate from the new offices, helping Novotek to bring its automation expertise and products to the UK market more effectively.
The company chose Leeds due to the increasing role the city is playing as a tech hub, and for the proximity to both the Midlands and northern industrial heartlands. The expansion is being supported by the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), through its digital inward investment fund called #welcome.
Novotek believes its new innovation centre will serve a central role in bringing industrial and utilities companies up to speed on the latest automation, operations management and analytics technologies.
The new, bespoke facility allows for the practical demonstration of how new technology can deliver significant gains in productivity and reliability to industrial assets and processes. It is planned that, in such a sandbox environment, such concepts can be explained, demonstrated and tested in a safe and informative space.
“One of the challenges facing the automation industry is the difficulty that comes from describing and demonstrating digital concepts,” explained George Walker, managing director of Novotek UK and Ireland.
“Without a physical asset, it can be difficult for many engineers and business leaders, who are inclined towards more immediately tangible concepts, to truly visualise how these systems fit together.
“The innovation lab gives us an effective, physical example that customers can use to better understand the value of things like modern SCADA systems, industrial internet of things (IIoT) platforms and manufacturing execution systems (MESs). We want to help British industry modernise and achieve more with digitalisation, and a strong understanding of the opportunities among businesses is crucial in realising this.”