The OpTIC Technology Centre is a unique business and technology centre based in St Asaph, in the heart of North Wales. Owned and operated by Wrexham University, it links R&D, industry and academia and has a proven track record in providing technology companies with great facilities and a community spirit to grow and develop their business.
It also specialises in innovative optical systems, product development, engineering and technology consulting. It has developed cutting-edge technology with an unparalleled array of highly specialist equipment and laboratory space. The centre attracts all areas of technology innovation particularly within the advanced manufacturing and life science sectors.
Unique Selling Points
OpTIC provides growing companies with a professional infrastructure which includes access to a number of resources such as laboratories with specialist equipment, managed reception services, meeting rooms and conference facilities, as well as the chance to engage with the on-site engineering team who can assist with design, metrology and systems integration. Other support from the business management team includes help with access to funding schemes, financial assistance and academic support.
In addition to hosting some 15+ innovative technology companies, the centre has its own engineering team providing expert services in the field of precision optical systems and metrology. Glyndŵr Innovations Ltd specialises in the design, fabrication and manufacture of optical components and systems for a wide range of applications for industry, science, aerospace, and space. Facilities include CNC and conventional polishing machines for the ultra-fine polishing of large and complex optics. These machines can accommodate optics up to 1.8m in diameter. This work is supported by on-site teams for design, metrology and polishing. The site also boasts a well-equipped metrology lab and wide range of technical resources. The team also has experience in the design and build of complete optical and opto-mechanical systems, including special-purpose telescopes, ground observation systems, and test equipment, as well as precision actuation and other mechanical assemblies.
The benefits of locating your company at OpTIC include:
- All-inclusive, flexible, low-risk options for accommodation
- Innovation units and offices with space from 17m² to 150m²
- Services including water, compressed air, 3-phase power
- Dedicated desks and virtual office space
- Site management and security
- Central reception services and switchboard
- Meeting rooms and conference facilities
- Networking and training events
- Access to specialist business support
- Ability to expand and downsize at short notice
- Free on-site parking
- On-site café serving a variety of hot meals, snacks and beverages
North Wales is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), offering one of the best work-life balances to be found anywhere in the UK. The A55 Expressway is easily accessible and provides a major route linking Ireland to the UK and Europe. OpTIC’s position in the heart of the region makes it an ideal location for local, regional, national and international businesses.
Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales, Professor Jas Pal Badyal, visits Wrexham University’s OpTIC Technology Centre
Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales, Professor Jas Pal Badyal, visited Wrexham University’s OpTIC Technology Centre for a tour of the site facilities. During his visit, Professor Badyal spoke with OpTIC resident businesses PlantSea, Liteye Systems,...
Rebecca Evans MS, Welsh Government Minister for Finance and Local Government recently visited the OpTIC Technology Centre to learn more about the Wrexham Glyndŵr University North Wales Public Service Lab’s civic mission work. The visit also included a tour of Glyndŵr...
Kairos Biotech Ltd have announced that they have received €1m funding of Dutch entity EchiumBio Holding BV. An earlier provided convertible loan was also converted into shares. EchiumBio received 25% share of a fully diluted equity pool of the company. Kairos Biotech...
New coffee shops and food outlets are among £200,000 of improvements to catering facilities at Wrexham Glyndwr University. Global brands Costa Coffee and Grumpy Mule – a Fairtrade organisation – are to open at the University in the coming months. Food services company...
UK Government Minister Lord Bourne visits Glyndŵr University’s world-leading science and innovation centre Lord Bourne: “Glyndŵr’s OpTIC Centre is leading the way in sustainable business and job creation, taking North Wales’ cutting-edge technology to the world.”...
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