Duke visits Sony UK Tech Centre in Pencoed

The Duke of Kent recently visited Sony’s Pencoed-based manufacturing facility to learn more about the work it’s doing to support digital literacy among school children.

He originally toured the Sony UK Technology Centre in 1990 but was re-invited to witness the progress the company has made within the last few decades.

During the visit, Prince Edward was greeted by local councillors from Bridgend and the surrounding areas as well as the factory’s managing director, Steve Dalton MBE.

After exploring the 26,000 sq m facility, the Duke spoke to the engineers who build high-definition broadcast cameras and the Raspberry Pi mini computer at the plant.

Towards the end of the day, he also got the chance to learn more about the company’s digital literacy programme, which promotes coding as a critical skill.

Remarking on the day, Steve Dalton said: “We were delighted to welcome His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent to our Pencoed facility for the first time.

“It was our privilege to show him how the factory has progressed and grown since his last visit to our Bridgend site in 1990.

“It was a pleasure to show The Duke our manufacturing facility and give him an in-depth insight into how our products are created.”

He said the business is committed to supporting the growth of its operations and employees. “With over £5 million worth of investments over the past few years we have implemented a multitude of innovative solutions, including IoT technology to continue evolving into a smart factory,” added Dalton.

“We were very proud to be able to demonstrate to His Royal Highness how far we’ve come since he last visited us.

“We’d like to once again sincerely thank The Duke of Kent for taking an interest in our operation at Sony UK TEC. His visit was the perfect way to mark our 25th anniversary year in Pencoed and we look forward to welcoming him again in the future.”