Craig Williams of Sagetech

County Durham's Sagetech eyes global growth

The owner of a machinery firm is looking to take the company to the next level with a new marketing strategy and growth in global markets.

Craig Williams, managing director of Sagetech Machinery, which designs and manufactures innovative, reliable and safe vertical panel saws, has moved the business into a large unit estate at Chilton Industrial Estate, in County Durham, as he looks to grow the business and develop new products.

Williams bought Sagetech in October last year, having known the previous owners for a number of years, and started trading in January as Sagetech Machinery.

He said: “I’ve seen first hand how the business has grown over the years and how the machines have been designed and developed.

"I’m now looking forward to taking our new company to the next level with a new marketing strategy, new innovative product range and international sellers.

“There are huge markets for our saws in South Africa and the US as well as Europe and we’ll be looking to work closely with the Department for International Trade to develop the contacts we need."

The company’s precision machines are manufactured in the UK, with design and some assembly-taking place at their new premises, which are run by Business Durham, the economic development organisation for County Durham, working on behalf of Durham County Council. The unit houses office facility, demonstration showroom, small production and warehousing.

Since moving into Chilton, Williams has taken advantage of the support offered by Business Durham, including advice on joining the County Durham Engineering and Manufacturing Network (CDEMN) and on signing up for Durham Oktoberfest.

“The support that Business Durham has provided to us has been incredible. With such growth in a small period of time their knowledge, support and network capabilities are helping us to achieve our goals,” he said.

Anne Ellwood, assistant property manager at Business Durham said: “Craig has ambitious plans for the company including expanding into international markets.

"At Business Durham we’re able to help business owners, like Craig, to understand the range of support there is available in Durham for growing businesses. 

"I look forward to continuing to work with Craig as Sagetech continues to develop.”