Sony UK Technology Centre to receive royal visit

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Sony UK Technology Centre (UKTEC), the Pencoed, Wales-based manufacturer of professional and broadcast camera systems, has announced The Prince of Wales will be visiting the site as part of his summer visit to Wales.

The royal visit will take place on July 1. The theme of The Prince of Wales' and the Duchess of Cornwall's visit is 'Celebrating Wales, Past, Present and Future'. As part of the visit The Prince of Wales will be welcomed by the site's managing director, Steve Dalton OBE (pictured), as well as key representatives from the Sony Corporation. The Prince of Wales and key guests will be taken on a tour of the facility and shown how the site has developed in the 40 years it has been present in Wales. The tour will include an outline of the site's lean manufacturing techniques which have increased efficiency and product assembly time by 30% and in turn, aided the site in being crowned Britain's Best Factory in 2013. His Royal Highness will also be shown the organisation's third-party manufacturing business which includes the manufacturer of the well-known credit-card sized mini-computer, the Raspberry Pi , whereby Sony UKTEC won the multi-million pound deal from the overseas market. His Royal Highness originally opened Sony's first site in Bridgend, Wales in 1974 and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II opened Sony's second facility in Pencoed in 1992.