17 January 2019

Sensor Technology behind Sony’s revolutionising smart office solution to be made in Wales

Nimway is an intuitive smart office solution. The app and digital floorplans provide workers with personalised, real-time information that helps employees find available meeting rooms, desks and colleagues. It also helps companies keep track of their facility needs and use their office space more efficiently.

Sony UK Technology Centre (UK TEC) in Pencoed has been chosen to manufacture the sensor technology behind the innovative office solution Nimway, as part of Sony ’s Seed Acceleration Program (SAP). Nimway’s technology, which utilises Sony's wireless occupancy sensors, will be produced at the Welsh manufacturing facility due to its world-class facilities and skilled team.

Sony’s Seed Acceleration Program (SAP), which creates start-up projects and supports their business operations was established in 2014.

The program has since expanded into Europe in 2016 where it is based in Lund, Sweden. Nimway is the 1st commercial business.

On securing the contract, Sony UK TEC managing director Steve Dalton OBE said it was a privilege to be supporting the creation of this revolutionary smart office solution.

He said: “We are proud and excited to be chosen as the manufacturer for Nimway’s ground-breaking office solution.

“This technology has the ability to significantly enhance workplace efficiency worldwide, and we are delighted to be playing such a vital role in its creation.

“For Sony UK TEC to be selected as Nimway’s manufacturer displays confidence in our offering here in Wales, and reinforces the unparalleled skill of our talented workforce, alongside the world-renowned capabilities of our state-of-the-art manufacturing site.

“We would like to thank Sony’s Seed Acceleration Program for selecting us to work alongside Nimway, and we look forward to collaborating with Nimway to bring this innovative technology to life.”

The Head of Nimway, Lars-Gunnar Lundgren added:

“We feel very optimistic about the collaboration with Sony UK TEC. The collaboration proves the strengths of Sony. We provide an end-to-end solution based on Sony’s technology and now we offer also sensors designed and manufactured by Sony in Europe. 

We had an open RFI process to evaluate potential suppliers. From this we found that Sony UK TEC is world leading.

We have recently signed a number of deals with major clients in Europe that proves that the Nimway solution is the most intuitive and complete solution for modern offices.

Sony UK TEC provides a very modern manufacturing facility that ensures we can fulfil the customer demand and scale the production.”

The Shipping Confirmation Ceremony took place at the factory in Pencoed on 20 November 2018 and marked the success of this collaboration to date. Executives and management from Sony’s Seed Acceleration Program Europe, Nimway and Sony UK TEC were present at the occasion to officially thank everyone making the production come to life.

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