The network for Wales’ technology sector has announced that world leading technology manufacturer, Sony UK Technology Centre (UK TEC), will be the headline partner of the 2017 Wales Technology Awards.
The Wales Technology Awards, powered by the ESTnet, will champion the outstanding achievements made by Wales’ technology sector. As headline partner, Sony UK TEC will join the ESTnet (the network for the Welsh technology sector) to celebrate the industry’s 3,000-plus companies, whose success is vital to the future development of the Welsh economy.
Located in Pencoed, the multi-industry award winning Sony UK TEC is best known for the development and manufacturer of professional broadcast camera systems, which can be found in sports stadiums, in studios and outside broadcast units around the world.
Sony UK TEC’s continual development of the site’s offering through investments in equipment and development processes has allowed it to build a diverse contract electronics solutions portfolio.
Speaking on the decision to support the Welsh Technology Awards, managing director Steve Dalton OBE, of Sony UK TEC, said:
“We are delighted to be the headline partner for the ESTnet’s Wales Technology Awards this year.
“These businesses drive creativity, innovation and growth across the Welsh economy so it is imperative awards such as these recognise their vital contribution.
“At Sony UK TEC we strive to incorporate the next generation of manufacturing processes throughout our working practices, so we recognise the importance of utilising progressive technology and the significant business benefits it can bring.
“It is a pleasure for us to play a role in this year’s awards and help to highlight the invaluable work of Wales’s industry-leading technology sector.”
By building on its highly skilled workforce and state-of-the-art electronics manufacturing equipment and processes, Sony UK TEC has collaborated with companies around the globe to develop world-class products. Major projects include the introduction and production of LED technology, medical devices and the globally successful Raspberry Pi, a credit-size micro-computer.
With the launch of the Business Incubation Centre, Sony UK TEC has created a home for 32 innovative independent businesses. This shared community acts as a hub for businesses across a range of sectors, such as, digital technology, renewable energy, media and gaming. The hub has produced many success stories, including the launch of Infinity Runner, the first made in Wales game developed for the Sony PlayStation 4.
Avril Lewis, managing director of the ESTnet, said:
“Sony UK Technology Centre is the ideal headline partner for the Wales Technology Awards. Its position as a world leading technology manufacturer, and work to support pioneering young Welsh companies via the Business Incubation Centre, encapsulates the diverse technology landscape that exists in Wales.
“This year has seen our sector achieve spectacular successes in the design, development and integration of pioneering hardware and software, we thank Sony UK TEC for joining us to celebrate those achievements.”
Entries for The Wales Technology Awards are now open, categories include: The Technology Leader of the Year, The Sir Michael Moritz Tech Start-up Award, The Best Tech Adopter, Best New Talent, Innovative Product of the Year, Industry Trailblazer, and Tech Investor of the Year.
Those wishing to enter should visit www.estnetawards.co.uk and all submissions must be complete by 10th March. Winners will be announced at a gala dinner at the Wales Millennium Centre on 22 June 2017.