06 March 2015

Sony UK Technology Centre Wins Industry Award

Sony UK Technology Centre celebrates award win for its partnership with  Canadian company, LED Roadway Lighting to manufacture street lanterns.  

Sony UK Technology Centre secured the coveted ’Collaborative Partnership Award’ from the body representing Wales’ technology sector, the ESTnet.  

Since 2012, Sony UK Technology Centre has worked with the Nova Scotia-based LED Roadway Lighting to relocate the manufacture, test and shipping of its street lanterns for the UK market. 

The award was presented at the 2015 ESTnet Awards at the Wales Millenium Centre on 5th March.  The  annual awards celebrate excellence in Wales’ electronics and software technologies sector.

The accolade recognises the successful partnership between the two companies, which has seen lead time for the products, which are used by a number of UK councils, reduced from 16 weeks to just eight weeks as well as a three per cent cost saving on each individual lantern.

Winner of the ‘Collaborative Partnership Award’ Ian Worgan of Sony UK Technology Centre, said: “This award is the icing on the cake for the team involved in this partnership and celebrates their hard work and effort and demonstrates our commitment to collaboration and supply chain excellence.”

In total six companies, drawn from Cardiff, Bridgend, Newport and St Asaph were recognised at the awards ceremony attended by 370 guests at the Wales Millennium Centre last night (5th March).

Huw Convery at LED Roadway Lighting, said: “This is a massive achievement, the team at Sony UK Technology Centre have worked so hard. Before our collaboration we struggled to get the supplies we needed. Sony has reduced lead time by around 50% and we can attribute 50% of our current turnover to this association.”

Guest of honour at the awards was Julie Meyer, chairman, CEO and founder of Ariadne Capital who congratulated all finalists and winners on the evening.

ESTnet managing director, Avril Lewis, said: “This year’s awards are once again testament to the fantastic work and innovation taking place within Wales’ technology sector.

“The level of interest this year from new and star-up businesses in particular really does reflect the ever changing nature of our industry and highlights just how important it is for businesses to engage with the ESTnet, government and academic institutions to ensure we are at the forefront of digital skills for the future.”

The judging panel for the awards was made up of a panel of industry experts chaired by Julie Lydon, Vice Chancellor of the University of South Wales.

More information about the ESTnet awards can be found here http://www.estnetawards.co.uk

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