One of the West Midlands' fastest-growing manufacturers is injecting £1 million into a factory expansion.

PP Control & Automation has pressed the button on the expansion plans that will see it add 10,765 sq ft of production space to its existing site in Staffordshire, including a new logistics department and clean assembly area.

Construction work has already started on the building in a move aimed at giving the company the additional capacity it requires to achieve its target of doubling sales turnover to £40 million by 2021.

New staff are in the process of being recruited for the first phase of expansion, with the control and automation specialist keen to invest in six new apprentices as part of this recruitment drive.

PP Control & Automation, which is a member of the Manufacturing Assembly Network, is a supplier of electrical control systems, cable harnesses and sub-contract manufacturing solutions and employs nearly 200 people.

Managing director Tony Hague said: "There was a lot of talk about uncertainty holding back industry after the Brexit vote, but we have confidence - in the medium term - that UK manufacturing in general will be strong and the growth plans of ourselves and our customers remain unchanged.

"In the short term, with sterling weakening against the euro and the US dollar, we have actually seen growth in export markets as UK competitiveness has improved.

"The additional space will be used for manufacturing space, a just-in-time logistics operation and new clean assembly area that we'll need for new opportunities in the more specialist industry sectors, such as scientific equipment and semiconductor processing markets."