As 2023 draws to a close, Sony UK Technology Centre (Sony UK TEC) stands proud, reflecting on a year that embodies its dedication to sustainability and collaborative achievements.
Among the notable activities was the unveiling of the Sony HXC-FZ90 studio camera system, a ground-breaking 4K technology innovation, at the Pencoed manufacturing site in June. This event stood as a proud moment, showcasing innovation, and reaffirming UK TEC’s unwavering commitment to producing top-tier products while fostering growth in the Welsh economy.
Throughout the year, the enduring partnership with Raspberry Pi reached significant milestones, culminating in the launch of the ground-breaking Raspberry Pi5 model. Flourishing since 2012 with an impressive output of almost 50 million Raspberry Pi’s produced, this collaboration epitomises sustainable manufacturing practices.
Sustainability isn’t just a buzzword at Sony UK TEC; it’s ingrained in their core values. Since 2020, the site has proudly earned prestigious ISO 14001 and 50001 certifications, a testament to their excellence confirmed through rigorous external audits. A substantial solar panel installation currently powers around 15% of its energy consumption, with ongoing installations set to increase generation capacity to 25% within 2024. Additionally, procured electricity is sourced from green and renewable sources.
UK TEC orchestrated impactful events in 2023, emphasising their passion for environmental stewardship. From hosting Sony Europe’s annual Environmental Health & Safety Conference to honouring suppliers through an immersive Supplier Conference & Sustainability event, these gatherings brought together top-tier industry figures, nurturing a collective drive towards a more sustainable and responsible future.
The Supplier Conference featured a pioneering Sustainability Awards ceremony initiated by the facility. This ceremony honoured the trailblazing suppliers for their remarkable contributions, validating their steadfast commitment to creating a greener future. The first-place winner, Infineon, conveyed gratitude through Christian Pophal, Infineon’s Global Head of Sustainability, who expressed, “We are truly thrilled to be the recipient of Sony UK TEC’s sustainability award. It is a recognition of our efforts towards making sustainability a core value within our company. At the same time, it motivates us to continue leading the way towards a greener and fairer future together.”
The attainment of the Green Dragon Level 5 certification by Sony UK Technology Centre stands as a pinnacle accomplishment, affirming their role in environmental prowess and laying a robust foundation for a sustainable future.
For Richard Wilkins, Sony UK TEC’s General Manager of Sustainability and Compliance, this journey transcends certifications. It’s a narrative of collective dedication and collaboration, “We’re delighted to achieve the Green Dragon Level 5 certification, a testament to our dedicated team’s commitment to surpassing the highest sustainability standards. This recognition reaffirms our belief that responsible practices are essential to our mission. We’re excited and resolute in our journey to a more sustainable future.”
In November, the centre commemorated the 50-year anniversary of Japanese business in Wales with an exclusive event at its cutting-edge manufacturing facility in Pencoed. This celebration not only highlighted the vibrant Japanese business community in the region but also underscored the collaborative efforts fostered by Sony UK TEC.
From prestigious conferences to Wales’ highest environmental accolade, Sony UK Technology Centre’s narrative in 2023 embodies the possibilities when dedication and collaboration converge for a greener, more sustainable tomorrow. In the ever-evolving realm of environmental responsibility, Sony UK Technology Centre stands tall, offering inspiration and guidance for businesses navigating shifting legislative landscapes on their sustainable journey.