Senior appointments to spearhead manufacturer’s £50m turnover growth plans

A manufacturer of intelligent factory automation systems has made two senior appointments alongside the launch of its new Vision strategy, which will help it double turnover to £50m by 2025.

Lambert, which employs 170 people at its facility in Tadcaster, has appointed Mike Lewis to the Board of Directors as Head of Innovation and Sean Lynch as Associate Projects Director.

Lewis, who joined in 2011, will take complete ownership of the firm’s product and process innovation going forward.

Lynch has led the Programme Management team at Lambert during the last twelve months.

The Associate Projects Director role will see him take on further responsibilities connected to the firm’s ‘cradle to grave’ approach, to ensure the manufacturer provides ‘lifetime’ service support for its customers.

The firm said that these appointments are to help “tap into the opportunities presented by industrial digitisation, as it looks to grow its market share across medical and consumer healthcare.”

Warren Limbert, Managing Director of Lambert, said: “We will invest over £500,000 into our product and service offering in 2019 and this will position us at the forefront of leading technologies in our marketplace.

“In order to make the most of this financial commitment, it is absolutely critical that we have clear leadership and the appointments of Mike and Sean reflect this. Both of them have excelled in their respective fields and have a track-record of delivering on key projects, not to mention sharing the company values for innovation and best practice.

“Industry 4.0 has gone beyond a subject and a buzz word; it is now a reality with both our products and how we service the customer after delivery.”

Lewis added: “Many of our clients are developing their own digitisation roadmaps, which will define investment into how their factories and plant will develop and become connected as one.

“My role will be to ensure our team are ahead of these strategies and drive automation so that the product we manufacture today is what the market will need in five years’ time. If we get it right, we’ll be able to unlock technology and data that will increase flexibility, productivity and product configuration – all within a secure environment.”

Lynch said: “My role at Lambert has always been to ensure our customer comes first and that the service we provide is everything they will ultimately need. It was a natural transition for Aftercare to also come under my leadership and I am looking forward to working closer with our Aftercare Manager and the team so that we understand how our support services need to develop and innovate over the coming years.

“Our thinking around Aftercare also needs to be world class so that we are helping our customers maintain industry leading productivity across the 20 to 30-year life of their asset and investment.”