Over the last five years, Sony UK Technology Centre (Sony UK TEC)’s Pencoed-based facility has seen staff numbers leap by 200 taking its team of local employees to 540. The growth in staff numbers, which has been a huge boost to the local economy, has coincided with a production milestone at the award-winning factory, with Sony UK TEC manufacturing the best-selling British computer of all time.
In July, the facility celebrated reaching the ten million Raspberry Pi manufacturing milestone after only five years. Sony UK TEC has played an instrumental role in the journey of the Raspberry Pi, the third best-selling general purpose computer of all time globally.
Raspberry Pi was originally manufactured in China, but founder Eben Upton moved production to Sony UK TEC in 2012 due to the facilities’ capacity and innovative automated processes. The facility was first approached to make 10,000 of the low-cost, credit card-sized computers annually. However, demand quickly soared and production rapidly grew with numbers reaching five million in just two years and now, at peak capacity Sony UK TEC can make up to 100,000 Pis per week.
Sony UK TEC Managing Director Steve Dalton OBE commented: “Our growth has been intrinsically linked to the success of the Raspberry Pi and we are delighted to reach the 10m manufacturing milestone. This is a significant achievement for everyone involved in its production, especially our devoted Sony Team, the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and distributors Premier Farnell. It is also a significant achievement for the Welsh manufacturing sector to have an internationally successful, high volume, low-cost electronic product manufactured right here in Wales.”