Wales is home to up and down stream companies that together provide a range of specialisms ranging from advanced semiconductor wafer products and services, world leading radiation stable micro-sheet glass, to Earth observation instrumentation and services.

Acclimatise Airbus APEM CGI Doncasters Environment Systems General Dynamics Haydale IQE Laserwire Solutions Qinetiq Qioptic QMC Instruments Spectrum Technologies Teledyne Labtech TWI

Together they provide a range of specialisms, such as:

Advanced semiconductor and epitaxial products/services

Earth observation

Laser wire processing technology

Manufacture of forged rings, casings, blades and discs

Graphene technologies

Manufacture of microwave solutions

NDT (non-Destructive Testing)

Radiation stable micro-sheet cover glass for the space industry

Test and evaluation ranges.

Wales also has a renown optronics cluster with excellence in; communications, modern optics, electro optics, instrumentation, sensors, fibre optics, thin film coating, conventional optics and optical design, solar cells (photovoltatics), optical storage, displays, imaging, photonic material and holography.


“Digital applications and consulting company providing world-class expertise in climate change adaptation and risk management. They analyse the impacts of climate change on communities, cities and industries around the world by developing decision-support tools that help bridge the gap between complex climate science, remote sensing data and real world decision making”.


Airbus Defence and Space

"As a world-leading player in the space industry, Airbus Defence & Space possesses the skills, expertise and technologies required for designing, developing and operating major space systems: from launchers to the in-orbit delivery of satellites, planetary and deep-space missions and International Space Station activities. "


APEM is an award winning environmental consultancy specialising in aerial surveys and aquatic science. The company has carried out over 500 aerial surveys for offshore wind energy developers and regulators in the UK, Europe and the US, and are unique in having developed a range of aerial surveys specifically for the water industry. Its survey aircraft are equipped with state-of-the-art imaging systems and supported by our experienced team of image analysts and technicians.


“CGI operate across 400 offices in 40 countries and provide IT and business process services across all major market sectors including transport, energy, utilities, insurance, public sector and space. CGI’s presence in the space business spans more than 35 years of delivering complex, mission-critical space systems involving deep domain knowledge of earth observation, satellite navigation / communications and applications and security”.

Doncasters Blaenavon

“A manufacturer of forged rings, casings, blades and discs for the aerospace and space sectors, industrial gas turbine and specialised engineering industries”.

Environment Systems

“Environment Systems are trusted providers of environmental evidence and insight to governments and industry in the UK and internationally. Established in 2003, with offices in Aberystwyth (HQ) and Salisbury, the company has a strong track record of delivering commercial and R&D projects, both large and small”.


"A nanomaterials company providing industrial solutions by developing customised, application-specific advanced materials. The company is a global leader in facilitating the commercial application of graphenes and other nanomaterials".  


“the leading global supplier of advanced semiconductor wafer products and services to the semiconductor industry and experts in providing high quality epitaxial layers for the wireless, photonics and electronics industries”.

General Dynamics

"General Dynamics (GD) has a proud heritage of delivering cutting-edge technology in support of satellite communications and space exploration. From the study of new planets to the Orion spacecraft’s first test flight, it is currently involved in some of today’s most exciting space-based communications missions. GD's Space and Intelligence Systems specialise in both space and ground technologies that can transmit, receive, collect and analyse data for military, exploration, scientific and intelligence purposes".


"Manufactures a complete range of off-the-shelf and tailored laser wire stripping machines for the laser stripping of insulation from high-tech cables and wires". 


“One of the world's leading defence, aerospace, technology and security companies with specific expertise in unmanned aviation, space and range operations”.

Qioptiq Space Technology

“The world’s leading supplier of radiation stable micro-sheet glass for the space industry”.

QMC Instruments 

"QMC Instruments Ltd. (QMCI) has laboratory and office space within the School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff University where they design, manufacture and develop instrumentation for the detection and processing of electromagnetic radiation at far-infrared and mm wavelengths (or THz frequencies)."

Spectrum Technologies

“The global leader in laser wire processing technology, for applications in advanced manufacturing, including aerospace and space”.

Teledyne Labtech

“One of the leading manufacturers of microwave solutions with specialist capabilities in design, manufacturing, assembly and testing across many technologies, product and market applications from defence electronics and global telecommunications, to space and satellite communications”.


TWI Technology Centre (Wales) is a regional office for TWI , specialising in the development and application of non-destructive testing methods and providing real world solutions to inspection challenges across the structural integrity lifecycle.  TWI delivers advice, knowhow, consultancy and training in materials joining and engineering for a broad range of industries including aerospace.”

design by
Aerospace Wales

By using this site, you accept its use of cookies | Tell me more | I understand, don't display this message again