Sony’s 4K systems camera, the HDC-4300, is to be produced in Wales, the only country outside Japan to produce the camera. The camera will be manufactured at Sony UK Technology Centre in Pencoed, South Wales from this month. The Pencoed factory has been producing high-end broadcast technology in South Wales since 1999, manufacturing cameras and camera systems for worldwide distribution and shipping more than 13,000 units every year.
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. 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. Sony UK TEC was specifically chosen to manufacture this next generation technology thanks to its world-class production capabilities and expertise in creating high-end, low volume, high-value products.
“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. At Sony UK TEC we have nurtured our skilled workforce of over 400 team members ensuring they are experienced, constantly innovative and always striving for improvement.”
Sony UK TEC produces HD broadcast and professional camera systems as well as products for external businesses, including energy efficient lighting. The Pencoed facility also houses a Business Incubation Centre and a 30,000 sq ft filming facility – Sony Film Factory 35.
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