Spotlight on Pencoed as next-generation camera production and an advanced research centre come to Sony

13/04/2017 00:00:00


The spotlight is well and truly on Pencoed-based Sony this month, as its UK Technology Centre has been selected as the only site outside of Japan to manufacture the state-of-the-art 4k broadcast cameras, as well as being host to a new cutting-edge research collaboration - the Advanced Manufacturing Research Operations Centre (AMROC).

Opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 1992, the Pencoed-based facility now employs more than 400 staff in the manufacture of high technology broadcast and professional cameras and systems for worldwide markets and ships more than 13,000 units every year. 

Already in production, the new 4K cameras labelled the “next generation” in broadcast technology will join an impressive portfolio of high-end broadcast technology produced by the Pencoed-based facility that can be found in sports stadiums, studios and outside broadcast units around the world.  

Having recently won an award at the 68th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards, it is the first time that the HDC-4300 4k models will have been manufactured outside of Japan, showing strong confidence in the facility’s reputation for innovation and the abilities of its highly skilled team. 

Sony UK TEC’s managing director Steve Dalton OBE said: “For our facility to have been chosen as the only manufacturer outside of Japan to deliver these next generation cameras is fantastic news for Sony UK TEC.

“These cameras are setting the standard in what will be the future of broadcast technology, so this shows confidence in our skilled workforce and the factory’s ability to produce high-end, quality, products for worldwide distribution.

“Our expert team members have been thoroughly trained in the latest manufacturing techniques making them ideally placed to produce these industry-leading products.

“This is one of many new, exciting ventures for our facility and our highly skilled teams, and we welcome this extremely progressive period here at Pencoed.

Building on this expertise, the newly-launched AMROC project aims to pioneer processes focused on the fourth generation of manufacturing, coined industry 4.0, enabling Sony UK TEC to tackle the challenges of modern manufacturing and improve processes by using the latest internet of things (IoT) technologies.

It aims to challenge traditional department specific manufacturing by connecting each process into one seamless operation. It will eventually be extended to include the supply chain and the end user experience, creating end-to- end connectivity. 

Commenting further, managing director Steve Dalton said “this latest news demonstrated the facility’s world-wide reputation as a progressive and innovative centre”.

He said: “Being chosen to carry out this vital research as a collaborative partner with our headquarters puts Sony UK TEC on the map, not just in Wales, but on the global manufacturing stage, which is something we are rightly proud of.

“Here at Sony UK TEC we have developed substantially over the years by investing in the latest manufacturing equipment and processes, which has enabled us to create a more diverse portfolio and collaborate with companies around the world.

“With this is mind, I believe Sony Corporation felt we were the right choice to explore the industry 4.0 model further and take forward the concepts to make them a reality. We are not only investing in manufacturing, but through this project we are working to build the engineers of the future.

“We are delighted that Sony UK TEC is flourishing within Wales and we intend to continue investing in our facility to build a sustainable business.”

The AMROC research and development facility has been launched in collaboration with Sony headquarters and other facilities in Japan.

Further information can be found at: www.sonypencoed/news.