This month we have celebrated an “extraordinary” 25 years at Sony UK TEC with manufacturing output soaring to over six million products, charitable giving surpassing £100,000, and hundreds of skilled jobs created.
Staff across our state-of-the-art Pencoed site are marking over two decades of unprecedented manufacturing success and continuous growth during this landmark 25th year.
Since opening in 1993 we have established ourselves as one of the leading manufacturers of high specification HD broadcast cameras, by producing thousands of industry-leading systems annually for worldwide distribution.
These world-class cameras have been utilised in major global sporting events such as the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and Ryder Cup, along with news studios and international events annually.
And last year our talented teams pushed the boundaries even further by becoming the only factory outside of Japan to begin manufacturing the latest in broadcast technology, the 4K camera.
Our highly successful third-party Contract Manufacturing operation has also grown significantly since launching in 2006, and now manufactures world-leading products for third-party clients, including the Raspberry Pi and Cyden.
Thanks to the success of our core camera and third-party operations over the decades the Pencoed-based factory has reported a significant increase in manufacturing output this year, with production leaping to 6.4 million units from 20,000 units in 2005/06.
This significant growth has seen us almost double our headcount, with the number of skilled team members now standing at 630.
Alongside manufacturing, we have also intensified our focus on promoting digital literacy over the decades, welcoming almost 8,200 pupils from 300 local schools to learn vital coding and technology skills through our Digital Competency Programme and specialist General Coding workshops.
Our community-focussed mission has also seen the factory raise £100,000 for our chosen charity the children’s ward at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend over the past five years. The site’s generous staff have taken part in major 300-mile cycling events, numerous football tournaments, and recently held a special 25th anniversary golf tournament at the Celtic Manor.
Director of Professional services Gerald Kelly said he was “incredibly proud” that we have made an unprecedented impact across both the global manufacturing stage and within communities across Wales since opening in 1993.
Mr Kelly said: “When we first opened our doors 25 years ago, I don’t think anyone could have predicted the level of success and the wide-ranging industry impact our Pencoed facility would have.
“We have come such a long way during that time and we are now incredibly proud of the site’s extraordinary reputation as a leader in producing world-class high specification broadcast cameras.
“Our continuous drive towards innovation and diversification has undoubtedly been the key to our enduring success and is something we will continue to champion passionately in the coming years.
“We are equally proud of the contribution and support we’ve been able to offer to the communities of south Wales over the past two decades. In launching the Pencoed site, it was vital to us that our success was shared with the local suppliers, charities, residents, and students who are integral to our societies.
“As such we are thrilled that we have been able to support so many worthwhile local causes, educate so many pupils, and create so many specialist roles which have benefited the people across south Wales.
“While we’re proud to be celebrating 25 years of our facility, we are now looking ahead to developing the next generation of advanced manufacturing, and implementing processes and technologies which will take us there.
“This will ensure we have a sustainable future for the next 25 years and more.”