Sony UK TEC staff rack up over 1,000 years’ service

By Raspberry Jim,

Professional services director Gerald Kelly, pictured at the High Sheriff Awards, was honoured for his 35-year service

Professional services director Gerald Kelly, pictured at the High Sheriff Awards, was honoured for his 35-year service

Dedicated Sony UK Technology Centre staff who have worked a combined total of over 1,000 years have been recognised at a prestigious awards night.

Fifty-seven members of the Pencoed facility’s team have been honoured at Sony UK TEC’s annual Long Service Awards’ event thanks to their continuous devotion.

The awards night, held at Pencoed House, in Pentrych, recognised staff who have reached significant career milestones of between five and 35 years.

On the night staff were treated to a three-course meal and casino-themed entertainment along with a live performance from the Ipop band.

They were then congratulated by managing director Steve Dalton OBE who praised their continuous innovative thinking and hard work.

He said: “This year’s award-winning staff have devoted a combined total of 1,095 years’ of service to Sony UK TEC – which I’m sure anyone would agree is admirable.

“Their dedication to the company and endless hard work have helped to shape the facility into the award-winning business it is, and for that we can’t thank them enough.

“The fact that we have three members of staff who have dedicated 35 years each to the facility, and many others who have worked here for decades, demonstrates how invested we are in the growth and progression of our staff.

“I would like to congratulate them again on behalf of the company for reaching these impressive milestones.”

This year three staff have achieved 35 years’ of service, while five have reached the 30-year mark. Five have also worked for 25 years; 22 have worked for 20 years; 11 have achieved 15 years’ service; while 11 have reached 10 years’ service.

Director of professional services Gerald Kelly was among those to be recognised for 35 years’ service, while John Edwards, who works as a [insert role], and [insert role] Christopher Thomas also reached the impressive milestone.

On his achievement, Mr Kelly said: “Working at Sony UK TEC for the past 35 years has been a truly unique career opportunity, allowing me to grow with the business as it has become one of the most progressive facilities in Wales.

“Having started at the Bridgend site in 1981 it has been a privilege to work with so many talented staff members across a number of departments, allowing me to really expand my skillset.

“I would like to thank Steve and everyone at Sony UK TEC for this recognition, which means a great deal to me.”

Sony UK Technology Centre employs over 500 highly skilled team players, who help to create some of the most advanced technology on the global market. Alongside producing the 4k cameras- the latest in broadcast technology – its world-class engineers also work across third-party collaborative manufacturing on products including the Raspberry Pi and Telensa. They also work to pioneer the latest ground-breaking manufacturing processes of the future, through the Advanced Manufacturing Research Operations Centre.

Inspirational people recognised at Youth Community Awards

By Raspberry Jim,

Inspirational people recognised at Youth Community Awards

Deserving youngsters who have devoted themselves to communities across Mid Glamorgan have been awarded over £3,000 at a prestigious annual event.

Individuals and groups, who have transformed the lives of those in need over the past year, were recognised at the High Sheriff Mid Glamorgan Youth Community Awards in Bridgend.

The ceremony, which took place at Sony UK Technology Centre visitor centre, saw a record £3, 300 CHECK handed out to groups including the Youth Citizenship Panel and the Eisteddfod Group Pen y Dre.

While individuals including Cadet leader Scott Russell, carer Keeley Harries, and first responder Chadley Phillips were also awarded for their selflessness.

However, the main winners on the night were Glan Yr Avon Explorer Unit in the group category, and Rebecca Hughes in the individual category.

Both were awarded £1,000 with support from chief sponsors Sony UK TEC.

Director of professional services at Sony UK TEC Gerald Kelly, who is a member of the High Sheriff Mid Glamorgan Youth Community Awards, said he was delighted to recognise these “inspirational” youngsters.

He said: “As a community-focussed business, we at Sony UK TEC feel it is vital to support those who are making a significant contribution to south Wales.

“These amazing groups and individuals have exceeded all expectations to support their communities and we are delighted to highlight their fantastic achievements.

“Innovation and growth is at the heart of everything we stand for, so we firmly support the inspirational work carried out by all our nominees at this year’s awards.”

Glan Yr Avon Explorer Unit was chosen after supporting a wide range of community and scouting events, with members gaining 18 awards among them.

They have also carried out a host of environmental work, provided marshalling and event support at Merthyr Leisure’s Diversity event, Merthyr Library reading club, MTCB Parks Service, and the Beacons International field Archery competition.

While Miss Hughes, who is a Year 12 pupil at Mountain Ash Comprehensive, was recognised thanks to her dedication to gymnastics.

As the sole choreographer for the Street Flyers community Club, Rebecca helped raise £1,200 for two dance shows and was awarded Young Volunteer Community Award.  She has danced for the Royal Ballet School, represented Wales in the 800m and cross country teams, and supports her younger sister, who suffer with anxiety, with the aid of dance sessions.

This year’s award scheme was also exceptional in that it saw founder Anne Morgan MBE, who set up the scheme in 2008, hand over the chairmanship to former High Sheriff 2015 Jayne James.

Mrs James said: “As chairman of the High Sheriff Youth Trust committee I am honoured to carry on the vision and commendable work that Anne has achieved for the awards scheme.

“It’s wonderful to see young people rewarded for putting 110 per cent into everything they do for their families and local communities.”

Twenty seven new staff join Oil 4 Wales

By Raspberry Jim,

Twenty seven new staff join Oil 4 Wales 

Independent oil distributor Oil 4 Wales has recruited 27 new members of staff as it continues its growth strategy across Wales.

Drivers, boiler engineers, sales representatives and apprentices have joined the family-run business, which employs 80 staff.

The investment in new staff comes on the back of a record year, which saw the company’s turnover soar to £120m.

Established in 2010, Oil 4 Wales has grown considerably over the last seven years and now supplies 65,000 domestic and commercial customers across Wales.

Its seven depots in Cardiff, Carmarthen, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Newtown, Lampeter, Brecon and Pembroke Dock handle a total volume in excess of 160,000,000 litres of fuel per annum.

In excess of 16,000,000 litres of fuel are supplied to some of Wales’ leading businesses including Mansel Davies & Son, Edwards Coaches, Walters Group and Persimmon Homes.

On the company’s expansion, managing director Colin Owens, said: “We are committed to the communities of Wales through employing local staff, using local suppliers, providing a fair deal to our customers, supporting local causes and investing in the local community.

“Over the next five years, we are aiming to continue achieving growth of 20 to 30 per cent year on year whilst building up our reserves to ensure the company’s long-term future.

“As we look to continue to strengthen our brand and grow the business, the recruitment of new staff, particularly drivers, is ongoing.

“Our staff work extremely hard to ensure our customers never go without their oil, so if it wasn’t for them to company wouldn’t be where it is today.”

In addition to seven depots, Oil4Wales owns and operates three petrol filling stations, and supplies a further 27 across Wales through franchising agreements.

One of the petrol stations it owns through Maesteg 24/7 Express Ltd,  has just undergone a major £200,000 investment and refurbishment, including a total redesign of the shop and the development of a modern and spacious new café.

Colin continued: “We were delighted to relaunch our new-look Maesteg 24/7 petrol filling station with the support of our Welsh rugby ambassadors. I hope the significantly improved facility will benefit the people of Maesteg – a town which has not seen much investment in recent years.

“Our aim as a business is to support the communities in which we operate. We are constantly inundated with requests to support the community, and many times we are thrilled to be able to do so. However, we are a relatively young business and our balance sheet remains fragile, so we must focus on ensuring the long-term future of the business, while offering help wherever possible.”

Oil 4 Wales is one of 18 Welsh companies included in the London Stock Exchange’s 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain and is the only Welsh oil distributor to have its fuel accredited by the FPS (Federation of Petroleum Suppliers) giving customers’ peace of mind that what it is supplying is the best in the market, having been tested for its cleanliness.

Sony UK TEC to pioneer ‘manufacturing of the future’

By Raspberry Jim,

Sony UK TEC to pioneer ‘manufacturing of the future’

Sony UK Technology Centre (UK TEC) will spearhead a landmark research centre helping, to identify ground-breaking manufacturing processes of the future.

The Pencoed-based facility, which produces thousands of HD broadcast and professional camera systems annually, including the latest 4K broadcast cameras, has launched the Advanced Manufacturing Research Operations Centre (AMROC) in a collaborative partnership with Sony Global Manufacturing & Operations Corporation in Japan.

The AMROC project will pioneer processes focused on the fourth generation of manufacturing, coined industry 4.0. The project will enable Sony UK TEC to tackle the challenges of modern manufacturing and improve processes by using the latest Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.

This 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.

Sony UK TEC has a reputation for continuous innovation, and is recognised as a facility dedicated to building the next generation of manufacturing processes.

This insistence on innovation recently saw it gain widespread praise, after it became the only Sony factory outside of Japan to manufacture state-of-the-art next generation 4K cameras.

Sony UK TEC’s managing director, Steve Dalton OBE, 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.

“It is also a testament to our highly skilled workforce who have set themselves apart thanks to their unparalleled knowledge and abilities.

“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.