Bytronic appoints Hurworth as new Chief Executive Officer

15 Feb 2021

Bytronic Automation has announced the appointment of CEO, Martin Hurworth, as it looks to expand its position as the UK’s leading machine vision solutions supplier.

Hurworth’s engineering background spans more than three decades, with a proven track record of leading energetic and transformational growth in manufacturing businesses.

He takes over from Bytronic founder, Dr John Dunlop, who becomes the Staffordshire company’s chief technical director (CTO).

Speaking of Hurworth’s appointment, Dunlop said: “Martin joins the dots between the technical and commercial sides of manufacturing; something which, as a business, we’ve grappled with for many years.

“His experience in leading teams and building relationships, combined with his engineering background, will help us to be there, leading the industry, with the technical knowhow and the commercial understanding that our customers need.”

Before joining Bytronic, Hurworth grew Surrey-based manufacturer Harvey Water Softeners from £14m to £36m turnover in five years, investing millions in R&D and increasing headcount from 100 to 300.

“I’m thrilled to join joining Bytronic at such a critical point in manufacturing’s industry 4.0 journey,” said Hurworth. “With so much potential out there for solving the ‘productivity puzzle’ through greater automation, this technology has so far been the preserve of a select few.

“I want to make cutting-edge vision automation a flexible and affordable option for any manufacturer – bringing down the cost of inspection and data intelligence. Whether it’s growth, in productivity, or reductions in costs or environmental impact such as removing plastic from supply chains.”

Bytronic is the UK’s leading integrator for FLIR and Cognex and was recently named the UK’s exclusive distributor for fire prevention solutions by Swedish supplier Termisk Systemteknik in partnership with Thermascan.

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