Advanced Materials & Manufacturing


optics innovators

Based in St Asaph, the team at Qioptiq won an £85 million contract in early 2017 to provide in-service support for the surveillance and targeting equipment used by the UK Armed Forces. Welsh Government support has been a key factor in this success by providing a new, purpose-designed facility for the MoD contract. The recent award by UK MoD is just one of many significant programmes Qioptiq has been involved with over the years for major multi-national customers. “Support from Welsh Government is a key part of our success and growth in the region,” explains the company’s Craig Taylor. “Innovation is key to our success. We get involved in some amazing projects, from head up displays for the latest passenger aircraft and military fast jets to providing vital equipment to all of the western world’s satellites.”

Qioptiq has had a facility in north Wales since the 1960s. The St Asaph location was chosen after an extensive search and more than 50 years later the facility and the area is thriving – Qioptiq has established themselves as world leader in the defence optics market and the local area now has a cluster of hi-tech companies on the St Asaph Business Park.

The growth we started now feeds back into us with skilled employees and expertise,” says Taylor. “We recruit from the local area and receive great support from our workforce. We also have the nearby university towns of Bangor and Wrexham to draw from.” Taylor has travelled the world with Qioptiq since 2008, but he likes nowhere more than home, spending his spare time visiting the area’s castles and historic buildings. “Having the factory set in the beautiful north Wales countryside is part of the attraction,” he says. “In no time at all you can be in the mountains of Snowdonia, or on the beaches of the Welsh coast. It’s a spectacular place to work and live.”

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