Key partners behind CSconnected strengthened the Cluster position as one of the leaders in employment and skills in South Wales

05 February 2019

Within its first year, 32 highly-skilled technicians and engineers have begun work with a further 10 vacancies in the process of being filled at the compound semiconductor wafer facility located in Newport, Wales. The facility was secured by the CCR City Deal’s Wider Investment Fund for £38.5 million and has been leased by Wales’ leading tech firm, IQE plc, for cutting-edge compound semiconductor manufacturing and applications development.

The new facility will become the hub of the regional technology cluster, CSconnected.

IQE, which has its headquarters in Cardiff, said that more than 75% of the roles had been recruited within the Cardiff Capital Region, coming from eight of ten council areas represented within the City Deal. With facilities at the flagship site in place, the first ten production tools have been installed with capacity in place for the next ten. The first product samples have already shipped from the foundry site.

A £50M investment in the Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult by Innovate UK has also been confirmed as part of the CSconnected cluster, which will bring with it around 90 jobs and support research and development across the compound semiconductor sector. Work will begin on installing the Catapult facility in the coming weeks.

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The Cardiff University-led CDT in Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing will provide outstanding PhD-level training aligned with the needs of UK industry.

It is one of 75 CDTs announced today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) as part of a £446m investment in skills by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

Co-created with IQE Plc, Compound Semiconductor Centre, Newport Wafer Fab and the Compound Semiconductor Applications (CSA) Catapult, the CDT is an alliance of four universities (Cardiff, UCL, Sheffield and Manchester) and 24 companies, many already working closely together via the EPSRC Future CS Manufacturing Hub, based at Cardiff University.

With established excellence in CS disciplines, the CDT will provide distinctive PhD training that is industrially relevant and intellectually challenging.

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ABOUT CSconnected:  

CSconnected 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.