Global technology lighting company Olight, has officially launched its aircraft aluminium torch range into the UK, choosing Belfast as its operational base. Investing over £1.5 million into the new merchandising hub and creating five local jobs with more planned, Olight is aiming to generate over £2 million in the next year, in addition to its online Amazon sales.

Olight’s current global operations include, China, USA and Australia.

Managing Director of Olight UK Antony Loveless said, “I am delighted to head up the arrival of Olight in Belfast. After speaking with the global team and reviewing various location options across the UK & Ireland it became clear very early on that Belfast was the prime spot. Northern Ireland has low overheads in terms of rent and staffing costs, but also has a large talent pool across many disciplines. The location is well-connected to Dublin which is fast-becoming a thriving economy especially in the tech world. Belfast is also only a 50-minute flight away from London.

“We have huge plans to scale Olight UK from our Belfast base and the product itself is exceptional. The portable illumination tools are more than just a reliable torch. The indestructible design caters for a range of users including outdoor to combat & adventure. Anyone from avid runners to self-defence professionals are sure to find what they are looking for. We even launched it into space to prove its durability.”

Astonishingly, the latest edition to the Olight collection, the X9R Marauder torch, was exposed to temperatures of – 61 degrees Celsius and returned from space in perfect working condition.

Olight technology has taken pride in being at the forefront of illumination technology throughout the past decade. Its vision is to get the most advanced technology and performance into the hands of everyone across the world while maintaining a simplified and streamlined user experience.

Antony adds, “Expanding the business in the UK is a really exciting time for Olight and we are excited about the continual growth of the company.”