The Chair of UKRI, Sir Andrew Mackenzie, visited the CS cluster to learn about the compound semiconductor capabilities and investments in south Wales.
Sir Andrew took a tour of the Translation Research Hub (TRH) at Cardiff University, a state-of-the-art facility home to the Institute for Compound Semiconductors, the Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult, a UKRI funded innovation centre focused on the integration of compound semiconductor technology in UK supply chains, and IQE’s mega foundry in Newport, the leading global supplier of advanced compound semiconductor wafers and materials solutions, demonstrating the strength of the value chain in the region, from world-class R&D through product and process innovation to high-value, large-scale manufacturing.
Sir Andrew said:
“Visits like these are the best part of my job. It is incredibly satisfying and rewarding to see the vibrant communities that form around research and innovation in every part of the UK, filled with passionate people and world changing ideas. I would like to thank all those involved and behind the scenes who are working with UKRI in transforming tomorrow together.”
Further highlights included an industry showcase where Sir Andrew met representatives from the CSconnected industry partners who were able to tell stories of the exciting innovation and activities happening in Wales, conveying the collaborative vision across the cluster that has enabled unparalleled progress and commercial partnerships.