IQE to promote Day of Photonics at Skills Cymru event

21 October 2014


Cardiff, UK. 20 October 2014 : IQE plc (AIM: IQE, “IQE” or the “Group”), the leading global supplier of advanced semiconductor wafer products and services, will promote the international day of photonics at the Skills Cymru careers fair being held at the MotorPoint Arena in Cardiff during the week commencing 21 October.

SkillsCymru is the largest careers and skills event of its kind in Wales, IQE will be demonstrating the power of Photonics as part of the Electronic and Software Technologies Network for Wales (ESTnet)stand.

The “Day of Photonics” is organised by The European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC) to promote and educate people about the importance of photonics. The Day of Photonics will be marked by over one hundred activities that are being held across more than 20 countries to demonstrate the impact of photonics on our daily lives.

Furthermore, 2015 has been designated the International Year of Light.

Dr Drew Nelson, IQE’s Chief Executive Officer said:

“The importance of light cannot be overestimated. Whilst Incandescent lamps transformed the 20th century, the 21st century will be illuminated by LEDs. The importance of LEDs was recognised earlier this month with the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics being awarded to our industry colleagues Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura for the invention of the blue LED.

 “In addition to lighting, photonics applications will become increasingly important in areas such as ultra-high-speed communications, sensing, gesture recognition and healthcare.”

More than 6,000 visitors are expected to take part in the SkillsCymru event.


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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 storage, 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.