18 December 2017
UK Government Minister lauds university technology centre during Wales visit
UK Government Minister Lord Bourne visited Wrexham Glyndwr University’s world-leading science and innovation centre.
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth met with OpTIC Centre director Caroline Gray and Vice-Chancellor Professor Maria Hinfelaar at the award-winning St Asaph facility on Friday.
The Minister toured the complex - home to 18 businesses, employing more than 100 staff - and was impressed with what he saw.
Companies based in the centre include Glyndŵr Innovations, a leading provider of innovative product development engineering and technology consulting that won two Insider Business Awards in November.
The site houses research and design facilities to support the development of high-level opto-electronics technology and scientific research across North Wales.
The team's expertise in opto-electronics led to its scientists being chosen to polish prototype mirrors for the world’s largest telescope in 2015, which is due to be completed and situated in Chile in 2024.
Lord Bourne said: "The OpTIC Centre is leading the way in sustainable business and job creation, taking North Wales’ cutting-edge technology to the world.
"It has been pivotal for creating sustainable employment and innovative companies in the region, developing the skills base of its students and taking Glyndŵr’s and North Wales’ technology to the world.
"The location makes it the perfect place to bridge university research and industry, which is having a real impact on the local and Welsh economy."
He added: "It is inspiring to see the OpTIC Centre developing world-leading companies and technology, and I look forward to its continued global success."
Lord Bourne also visited St Asaph Cathedral, where he met the Reverend Rex Matthias as part of his programme of events in North Wales.