Robotics and automation specialist Sewtec has appointed a new project director to support its plans to reach £32 million turnover in five years.

Ian Walch, who has more than 15 years' experience in project management, was most recently operations director at Bristol-based advanced engineering company Stirling Dynamics.

West Yorkshire-based Sewtec, which designs and manufactures systems for global blue-chip clients in the food pharmaceutical, personal care and tobacco industries, completed a series of senior hires which concludes with Walch's appointment.

Managing director Mark Cook said: "With Ian's appointment we've built a strong and highly capable senior management team.

"Effective project management is vital to us achieving on-time delivery and improving efficiencies which in turn helps us to win new business, so his contribution will enable us to achieve the business' ambitions.

"Ian is a talented project management expert with a strong track record of transforming businesses and delivering high-value strategic projects. He thrives under pressure and can motivate teams very effectively, so I'm confident he'll play an integral role in our ongoing expansion."

Walch added: "Sewtec has an outstanding reputation and I'm hugely impressed by the opportunities open to the business.

"This is a very exciting time to be joining and I look forward to tackling this challenging role to help grow the company."