Sony UK Technology Centre (UKTEC) has won the prestigious Production Centre President Award for Best Performance.
The leading manufacturer of broadcast and professional cameras and camera systems out performed all other 44 Sony manufacturing plants to win the global award. Having achieved year-on-year improvement of all business operations, Sony UK Technology Centre (UKTEC) was scored on core performance indexes including innovation, quality, sales growth, environment, supply chain, manufacturing cost performance, efficiency, delivery, leadership, learning and development. The analysis included Sony manufacturing, third party collaborative manufacturing, customer service repair centre and the business incubation centre that is home to some 32 tenants.
Led by Managing Director Steve Dalton OBE, the 400 strong team at Sony UK Technology Centre (UKTEC) has also been awarded the IiP Gold award – which is only awarded to 3% of organisations across the UK – in recognition of their commitment to the development and support of staff.
Steve Dalton OBE said: “We are immensely proud of our people who continue to deliver an impressive performance. Our focus on quality, innovation and growth is recognised by both Sony and our third party manufacturing clients who we work in partnership with.”
Having adopted some of the most innovative process techniques across all Sony sites, Sony UK Technology Centre (UK) has successfully expanded the business incubation centre and the third party collaborative manufacturing business in Pencoed, including the production of over six million Raspberry Pis under license for two world-wide distributors, element14 and RS Components.
With advanced manufacturing capabilities, Sony UK Technology Centre (UKTEC) works in partnership with third parties to deliver bespoke end-to-end manufacturing solutions that improve quality and drive down costs for a range of sectors including medical, LED and renewables. Partners also have access to the Sony global procurement database; logistics supply chain, dedicated aftercare service centre and pre-approved audited suppliers via the Sony Green Partners Programme.
Steve Dalton OBE continues: “With state of the art technology, we continue to encourage and support innovation, wholesome business practices and diversity and inclusion initiatives while striving to achieve a zero environmental footprint throughout the life cycle of our products and business activities by 2050.”
“It is this commitment to sustainable success that shapes our business. We ensure that our objectives are embraced by all and that we all understand the need for customer focus, agility and continuous improvement.”
Sony UKTEC offers staff a clear training and development programme through its Sony Wales Academy. As well as providing training and mentoring opportunities for its staff the company also offers training facilities for external organisations that want to develop their knowledge and skills.
UK TEC will be the first in the UK to order ABB’s YuMi Ideal for use in small parts assembly. UK TEC will use ABB’s dual arm robot solution to pick and place circuit board parts. Primarily used in research and development, YuMi will help Sony UK Technology Centre to better understand the benefits of collaborative robotics in its high volume circuit board application.