Thorlabs Ltd is proud to be Sponsoring the ‘Employer of the Year’ Category in the 2018 Ely Standard Business Awards
Thorlabs Ltd manufactures vibration isolation and motion control products for manufacturing and research applications within the photonics industry. Our vibration isolation systems provide the base for sensitive lab experiments and have set an industry standard for comfort, flexibility, and adaptability. Our manual and motorised motion control products provide solutions for precision alignment applications and offer innovative compact controllers to optimise the use of limited lab space.
Thorlabs Ltd has a long-standing customer base with significant growth potential and an excellent reputation for quality, customer service and dependability. We have maintained double digit revenue growth annually for more than 10 years and export over 85% of locally produced goods to over 50 countries across Europe, North and South America, and Asia. Due to an ever growing product range, Thorlabs Ltd is undergoing significant expansion of manufacturing operations in Ely. We currently have more than 245 staff but the move to our new building in 2019 will open up more job opportunities in the local area.
Our People and Community
In 2015 we achieved an Investors in People (IIP) Bronze award on our first attempt. We have been able to build on this award by expanding our induction, training, appraisal, and communication activities. We see a clear link between our improved workplace culture and our business performance. In particular we are delighted by the growth of employee-led initiatives and ideas being implemented within the entity, some of which have improved production throughput and reduced costs.
At Thorlabs we empower our people to take initiative and achieve results that accelerate key photonics technologies and maintain high customer satisfaction. We have launched some long term training and development initiatives such as a 3-year manufacturing team leader apprenticeship and a scholarship programme for engineering students that includes a multi-year internship ending with a full-time job.
Due to our rapid growth, we regularly welcome new team members and have a comprehensive three month induction programme that includes an introduction to all teams, including tea and cakes with our senior management team. Our monthly newsletter is a light hearted publication that showcases employee-led initiatives and celebrates the winner of our ‘Brightest Light’ reward programme. We hire a fish and chip van when we meet our monthly budget, which is always a wonderful opportunity to jointly celebrate our success.
Thanks to our sports and social team, we find time to have fun at work and often meet up outside work for social, sports and charity events. In recent years we have enjoyed our participation in local events such as Ely Hero Awards, Aqua Fest, Mayor’s Easter Ball, Colour Dash, and Ely Festive 5K. We are proud to call ourselves the sponsor of ‘Employer of the Year’, an award that is close to our hearts and one we were delighted to win in 2015 and 2017!
For more information visit our website at www.thorlabs.com