Dr Drew Nelson presented with Lifetime Achievement Award at Elektra 2013

28 November 2013

Cardiff, UK, 28 November 2013 - IQE plc (AIM: IQE, “IQE”), the leading global supplier of advanced semiconductor wafer products and wafer services to the semiconductor industry, announces that its Group CEO Dr Drew Nelson has been presented with the Electronics Weekly, Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 Elektra European Electronics Industry Awards.

28 November 2013

The award is in recognition of Dr Nelson’s contribution to the electronics and semiconductor industries and was presented at a gala ceremony in London, UK on 27 November 2013.

Accepting the award, Dr Nelson said:

“I am deeply honoured to receive this award and delighted and proud to have been involved is such a fast paced global industry that has had a major impact on the way we live, work, play and communicate.

“I am confident that we are on the verge of a new wave of revolutionary technologies that will be enabled by advanced semiconductors and electronic designs.”

Now in its eleventh year and an established annual highpoint of the electronics industry, the Elektra Awards give the industry the opportunity to recognize the achievements of individuals and companies across Europe.

Further details about the Elektra Awards can be found at www.elektraawards.co.uk


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IQE is the leading global supplier of advanced semiconductor wafers with products that cover a diverse range of applications, supported by an innovative outsourced foundry services portfolio that allows the Group to provide a 'one stop shop' for the wafer needs of the world's leading semiconductor manufacturers.

IQE uses advanced crystal growth technology (epitaxy) to manufacture and supply bespoke semiconductor wafers ('epiwafers') to the major chip manufacturing companies, who then use these wafers to make the chips which form the key components of virtually all high technology systems. IQE is unique in being able to supply wafers using all of the leading crystal growth technology platforms.

IQE's products are found in many leading-edge consumer, communication, computing and industrial applications, including a complete range of wafer products for the wireless industry, such as mobile handsets and wireless infrastructure, Wi-Fi, WiMAX, base stations, GPS, and satellite communications; and optical communications.

The Group also manufactures advanced optoelectronic and photonic components such as semiconductor lasers, vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) and optical sensors for a wide range of applications including optical fibre communications, optical storage (CD, DVD, BluRay), thermal imaging, leading-edge medical products, pico-projection, finger navigation ultra-high brightness LEDs, and high efficiency concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) solar cells.

The manufacturers of these chips are increasingly seeking to outsource wafer production to specialist foundries such as IQE in order to reduce overall wafer costs and accelerate time to market.

IQE also provides bespoke R&D services to deliver customised materials for specific applications and offers specialist technical staff to manufacture to specification either at its own facilities or on the customer's own sites. The Group is also able to leverage its global purchasing volumes to reduce the cost of raw materials. In this way, IQE's outsourced services, provide compelling benefits in terms of flexibility and predictability of cost, thereby significantly reducing operating risk.

IQE operates a number of manufacturing and R&D facilities across Europe, Asia and the USA. The Group also delivers its products and services through regional sales offices located in major economic centres worldwide