IQE’s Pennsylvania plant hosts visit by First Minister of Wales

07 March 2017

07 March 2017, Cardiff UK/Bethlehem, PA, USA: Cardiff based compound semiconductor manufacturer, IQE plc, hosted a visit on 3rd March to one of its US based manufacturing facilities by the Right Honourable Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales.

The First Minister, who was on an official visit to Washington and New York, took time out of his schedule to visit IQE’s state of the art manufacturing facility in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to experience first-hand, one of the Welsh technology company’s overseas operations and to hear about the importance of international collaboration between businesses, academic institutions and government agencies in a fast moving, high-tech, global industry.

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IQE’s US operations team with the Right Honourable Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales.

The Right Honourable Carwyn Jones was greeted by the facility's General Manager, Bruce Cochran, along with representatives from IQE’s US operations and the Group’s Welsh corporate headquarters in Cardiff. The visit included a tour of the high-tech facility and presentations emphasising the importance of compound semiconductors in twenty-first century technologies from smartphones to autonomous vehicles and from aerospace to healthcare technologies. The First Minister was also updated on the rapidly evolving compound semiconductor cluster in Wales “CS-Connected” and the major economic impact that such a cluster would generate, particular in terms of the industry’s need for highly-skilled, high value jobs.
IQE’s CEO Dr. Drew Nelson, said:

“It is a great honour that the First Minister took time out of his busy schedule to visit our facility in Pennsylvania to experience the global reach of IQE and the importance of the compound semiconductor industry in next generation technologies.

“Our industry is an enabler of the digital technology revolution that significantly contributes value and increased productivity across many other industry sectors and Wales has a unique concentration of both business and academic expertise through the value chain from research, development and innovation to full commercial exploitation”


IQE UK +44 (0) 29 2083 9400
Chris Meadows

IQE USA (1) 610-861-6930 
Bruce Cochran

About IQE:

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 'epi-wafers' 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 smartphones and wireless infrastructure, Wi-Fi, base stations, GPS, and satellite communications; optical communications, optical storage, printing, thermal imagers, leading-edge medical products, barcode, ultra high brightness LEDs, a variety of advanced silicon based systems and high efficiency concentrator 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 multiple manufacturing and R&D facilities worldwide.   

About CS Connected:

CS-Connected represents organisations who are directly associated with research, development, innovation and manufacturing of compound semiconductor related technologies as well as organisations along the supply chains whose products and services are enabled by compound semiconductors.