Double Awards Triumph for Newport Tech Firm

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Byline: Chris Kelsey Assistant head of business

AFAST-GROWING firm which designs and manufactures equipment for microelectronics companies around the world has been named company of the year and exporter of the year by the body representing Wales' technology businesses.

SPTS Technologies, which employs around 250 people at Newport, was among six businesses honoured at the annual ESTnet Awards, which celebrate high performing companies in Wales' electronics and software technology industries. Over the last year SPTS has expanded its network in Asia with the opening of an office in South Korea, won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in International Trade and was named as an anchor company by the Welsh Government. It manufactures equipment used to make electronic devices inside a range of products such as smart phones, tablet computers and cars.

Another Newport-based company, IAC, which specialises in the integration of complex electrical systems for industry, was chosen as ESTnet's SME of the year in recognition of its achievement in becoming a UK and international leader in its field.

Its staff of 60 undertake complex integration projects for a wide range of industries including paper, metals, pharmaceuticals, materials handling, food, chemicals, printing, textiles, water and nuclear power.

Altogether six companies drawn from Caerphilly, Newport and Port Talbot were recognised at the awards ceremony attended by 360 guests at the Swalec Stadium in Cardiff.

Port Talbot-based Vizolution won the award for innovative software package of the year for the development of its vScreen product, a screen-sharing technology designed for use by call centre staff.

Newbridge-based Axiom Manufacturing Services, which designs and makes components and subassemblies for electronics manufacturers, took the supplier of the year title, while Oakdale-based General Dynamics UK, a prime contractor and complex systems integrator for military and commercial clients, won the innovative product of the year title for its Virtual Advanced Synthetic Trainer (Vast). …