Welsh manufacturer to produce Sony’s next-generation 4K cameras

An electronics manufacturer based in South Wales is to produce Sony’s next-generation 4K cameras and equipment.

The Sony UK Technology Centre, located in Pencoed, is to manufacture and ship the tech giant’s higher specification HDC3170 and HDC3500 broadcast camera models.

Set to be utilised at some of the world’s leading sporting, news and entertainment events, the cameras sport a higher frame rate than previous models and are compatible with old control units.

In total, the facility’s production team will create two new 4K cameras, seven pieces of supporting camera equipment and the HDCU3170 Triax Camera Control Unit. It’s the only manufacturer outside of Japan to be producing the models. 

As of November 2017, the state-of-the-art electronics site has produced 404 camera units and configured, tested and upgraded a further 371 camera systems for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Reflecting on the achievement, director of professional services Gerald Kelly said it was an honour to be selected to manufacture the latest generation of 4K technology.

“We are delighted to once again be playing such a vital role in the creation of the next generation of 4K broadcast camera technology, which places us at the forefront of manufacturing innovation and excellence globally,” he commented. 

“We feel that our selection for this project underlines the world-leading capabilities of our expert teams and state-of-the-art facility here in Pencoed and we look forward to supporting its continued growth and success over the coming years.

“The decision to manufacture the latest 4K models and peripherals here also reinforces Wales’s reputation as a manufacturing leader on the global stage, which we hope will translate into greater investment and growing economic prosperity across the nation in the future.”

This news comes as Sony UK Tec recently launched a nationwide recruitment drive in a bid to accelerate production, offering opportunities for ten engineers of all levels.

Successful candidates will work across the entire organisation, including areas such as production engineering, software engineering, and mechanical and electrical engineering.

Kelly said: “Sony UK TEC has entered an extremely exciting phase in its history, celebrating both our 25th anniversary in Pencoed, and seeing manufacturing output reach record levels in 2018.

“As such we felt this was the right time to expand the level of talent and skill in our highly successful engineering teams, which are so crucial to the continued success and progression of our factory.”