About Us

We are Solutioneers™

Our Mission

We are the power behind automation. Our mission is to be the trusted supplier of innovative and integral bespoke factory automation systems and control systems, that help transform our customers’ businesses. Together we Design. Build. Install. Innovate.

Our Core Values

We challenge and we like to be challenged and we’ll never walk away from a project; we always make it happen. We believe in fair pricing – it’s not all about the money. Ultimately, we operate with integrity – we try to do what’s right…even when no one is looking.

Our Vision

To become the world-wide industry standard which our customers and prospects regard as the benchmark for quality, price, technical capability, service and innovation.

Workshop Team
ALS Mechatronic specialise in the design, build and installation of bespoke factory automation systems, control systems, plastic container handling, vision systems and robotics.

Since our humble beginnings in 2002 from the spare room of my flat; ALS Controls (as we were then known) has grown steadily yet confidently, and today we are located in a 10,000 square foot facility in Gloucestershire, England. Our central location with close airport links is paramount, enabling us to quickly deliver a first-class service to our extensive world-wide customers, who span many different industry sectors, including: food and beverage, plastics, dairy, packaged products, air filtration, waste to energy, pharmaceutical, automotive, processing, rail, incineration and intralogistics.

My commitment to all our customers is that ‘we always make it happen’ and my desire is that ALS Mechatronic is considered the industry benchmark for quality, price, technical capability, service and innovation.

We look forward to doing business with you.

Andrew Steward
Founder, Managing Director, Chief Engineer


Why Choose Us.

We challenge and like to be challenged

Our customers choose us because we’re not afraid to challenge conventional wisdom. We love it when we’re told ‘it can’t be done’…because invariably we can do it!

It’s not all about the money

We believe in fair pricing and we know many of our competitors over inflate their prices. Our focus is and always will be: Design. Build. Install. Innovate.

We always make it happen

We deliver consistent high quality products and services. Sometimes projects can be challenging but you can be assured, we’ll never walk away…just ask all our customers.


We believe in doing what’s right, even when no one is looking: In respect of our customers, our partners and our team at ALS Mechatronic.

Meet the Team.

Andrew Steward

Andrew Steward


Andrew is an Electronics Engineer by trade with more than 30 years’ industry experience. He started his apprenticeship with a leak tester manufacturer, following a short stint with the company during a school work experience week. He later moved on to work for US conveyor and packaging machinery manufacturer Ideas In Motion, where he stayed until 2002, leaving to set up ALS Controls, now ALS Mechatronic.

Chris Fitzsimmons

Chris Fitzsimmons


Chris joined ALS Mechatronic in April 2005. Over the years, Chris has been involved in a number of successful projects in the UK and across the globe and; likes nothing more than seeing customers automation expectations exceeded. Chris has a strong skill mix, which he continues to develop in: manufacturing, installation, commissioning, integration, software and management.

Laura Steward

Laura Steward


Laura is responsible for strategy, quality, HR, business and resource planning, marketing and PR. Laura joined ALS in November 2019 following an extensive career working predominantly for digital health and biotech companies. Manufacturing is a whole new world but Laura is enjoying the challenge and learning fast from a great team of people. And yes, she is married to the boss!

Joy Simpson


Joy joined ALS Mechatronic in January 2012 and remains integral to the company’s smooth day-to-day operations. Joy turns her hand to most things administrative; from running the office, ordering goods, managing deliveries, through to; invoicing, accounts payable and banking. And, when she’s not doing all that, you’ll typically find her riding her horse or walking the dog!

Neil Lucas

Neil Lucas


Neil, having racked up 15 years’ experience, joined ALS Mechatronic in August 2016 as Control Engineer, responsible for writing new, innovative control software as well as making enhancements to existing and old systems using programmes from the likes of Siemens and Allen Bradley. Neil loves the inevitable problems that innovative engineering projects present and working out the right solution.

Dan LEstrange

Daniel L’Estrange


Daniel is responsible for mechanical design and manufacturing at ALS, taking projects from concept through to installation. Daniel joined the company in October 2015, building on his extensive experience learnt across a variety of manufacturing industries. Daniel likes nothing more than to create something from nothing and thrives on each day offering a new challenge for him to find a solution to!

Phil Robinson

Phil Robinson


Phil joined us in 2017 and brought with him extensive management experience in food manufacturing. Phil is responsible for running efficient workshop operations at ALS Mechatronic, underpinned by his team of 11 staff, comprising qualified electrical and mechanical engineers as well as apprentice engineers from local colleges/universities.

Phill Dowdeswell

Phill Dowdeswell


Phill is ALS’ longest standing employee, joining Andrew soon after the company’s inception in 2002. Phill wears a number of hats including controls engineering and health and safety. Phill’s 25+ years’ experience in the plastics/packaging industries enables him to help train and develop junior team members from raw apprentices to full engineers.

What Our Clients Say.

*ALS Mechatronic provides its solutions and services to some of the world’s largest blow moulders too – respecting their requests for anonymity due to commercial sensitivities, references from them can be obtained confidentially on request.

Our Customers.

The company is headquartered in a 10,000 sq. ft. facility in Gloucestershire in the United Kingdom. Our central location, close to international airports, means we can quickly and easily reach our customers, located across the UK, Europe, the Americas and Middle East.

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