Alter Technology TUV NORD UK Ltd provides precision manufacturing for a wide range of semiconductor-based photonic and electronic technologies. The company have been based at Bain Square, Livingston since 2003 and currently employs 45 full-time equivalents within this site.
As part of their strategic growth objectives, Alter UK plan to make a €6 million investment in a new Photonics Design Centre to help the company develop their own state-of-the-art photonic products alongside their current service-based offering. One of the key flagship products to be developed is a Space Grade optical transceiver which will be a key component for data transfer and communications within Very High Throughout Telecom Satellites.
Stephen Duffy, Chief Executive Officer said:
“This Design Centre will help to create more highlight skilled employment in West Lothian and will support continued investment in staff development.”
To assist the company with their growth project, Alter UK have been awarded a Jobs Task Force grant of £100,000. This will help them recruit a further nine new staff, all as part of a multi-million-pound strategic investment in their Livingston HQ. The business has worked closely with Business Gateway and Scottish Enterprise over the longer term. Alter UK has also recently benefitted from training support from the Flexible Workforce Development Fund and engagement with Heriot Watt University.
Stephen added: “This co-operation builds upon many years of support from West Lothian Council which included the investment in cleanroom facilities, equipment and infrastructure to enable the Livingston site to be a Centre of Excellence within the Group for space and satellite-grade semiconductor and photonic manufacturing. One notable success was the recent supply of key electronic components, designed and manufactured by Alter UK in Livingston, to the NASA MARS Perseverance Rover which landed on MARS last year.”