Company History

We've come a long way!

Advance have come a long way since launching back in 2003 with multiple site moves and expansions. Here's a very brief company history to give you an idea of where we've come from and where we're heading.

2003 - Company Launch

Advance Automated Systems factory in 2003Advance Automated Systems Ltd was launched in September 2003, based in a unit on Enterprise City in Spennymoor. The initial focus was on manufacturing belt conveyors and bespoke conveyor equipment.

The company enjoyed a steady period of growth that led to larger projects and the requirement for more manufacturing space.


2008 - Expansion and first move

Advance Automated Systems factory in 2008In 2008 the decision was made to relocate the business to a larger premises on the same industrial estate.

The relocation was primarily to cope with the growing demand of our product and also to allow for expansion of our engineering and production facilities.

It is during our time at this factory that the business made a significant investment in facilities, bringing in a laser cutter and powder coating booth/oven. This enabled Advance to offer greater flexibility on lead times, reduce costs and keep a firmer hold on product quality.


2014 - Further expansion and a second move

Advance Automated Systems factoryIn 2014 we moved to our current home in Newton Aycliffe. The new factory gave us much more manufacturing space, a greatly improved office space and larger meeting facilities.

The move to Newton Aycliffe enabled us to expand on our philosophy of fully test building large systems prior to installation and commissioning.

The greater space allowed for a higher level of product developement and it was during this time that we developed our standard range of SmartLine™ tote conveyor and SmartLine™ pallet conveyor.


2019 - Continued Growth

Advance reception areaTo keep up with current customer demands we have recently added an extension and 2 new mezzanine floors within the current factory to further expand our assembly and panel manufacturing areas.

We welcome customers to call in at any point for a look around at the facilities we have and what we are currently working on.



2023 Onwards- Expansion

Assembly Facility

In 2023 we further expanded by opening our assembly facility in Newton Aycliffe.

The 20,000sqft assemby facility allows us to fully assemble conveyor systems for Factory Acceptance Tests, gives the customer a place to go to view their kit before it is delivered and increases our capacity for larger projects.