AVoptics successfully graduates from Torfaen's Springboard Business Innovation Centre and stays local


AVoptics Ltd specialises in providing and developing high quality engineered fibre optics and photonic solutions for use in harsh environments.

Their clients include Airbus, TT Electronics and General Dynamics along with many others within the aerospace, automotive and defence sectors. With its Headquarters in Yeovil, Somerset, AVoptics, since 2015 has committed to retaining its R&D arm in south wales. Focusing on providing current technology to the industry as well as research into inspirational cutting edge solutions, AVoptics has gained a reputation for product excellence and for its expert, internationally accredited training programmes.  

Employing a number of highly qualified scientists, technicians and engineers, its recent graduation from the Springboard Business Innovation Centre, Llantarnam Park, Cwmbran (a facility which supports high growth science and technology businesses) to a larger unit on the town’s Ty Coch Business Park  marks a significant point in the development and growth of this highly respected and successful high tech business.

Technical Director, Andrew Lee said “South wales has proved to be the perfect, accessible location for our R&D operation. In addition to the inclusive and supportive business environment here in Wales many of our key clients are situated within the Wales, Bristol and south west region. The thriving tech hub in this area also means we are able to access and use a range of excellent local suppliers.”

“The Springboard Business Innovation Centre here in Cwmbran provided the ideal setting for us initially. It provided flexibility, great facilities and excellent business support. Knowing our fixed costs also enabled us to budget and reduce our risks.”

Andrew continued, “The need to accommodate laboratory facilities and our test equipment as well as the option to have additional office and training space were the key drivers behind our decision to relocate from Springboard. This move ensures we can grow the business, develop our research and design the cutting edge technology and products of the future.”

In terms of the future plans for the business, AVoptics are looking forward to employing  more highly skilled staff, developing  their training offering with the establishment of an on -site training  school and increasing their brand awareness.

Gaynor Wakeling, Business Development Manager at Torfaen Economy & Enterprise said “Springboard is an excellent facility here in Cwmbran  which supports high growth tech firms. I am delighted that AVoptics  felt that they benefitted from their time with us and decided to remain in Torfaen. I wish them all the very best going forward.”

Posted on: Tuesday 26th November 2019