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UKRI Chair, Sir Andrew Mackenzie, visits CSconnected

07th December 2022

The Chair of UKRI, Sir Andrew Mackenzie, visited the CSconnected 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.”

Sir Andrew at the Industry Showcase, at the CSA Catapult
Credit: Matthew Horwood

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.

Chris Meadows, Director of CSconnected said:

“Compound Semiconductors underpin a vast range of today’s electronics applications, from electric and autonomous vehicles to connectivity, healthcare and energy efficient technologies. The CSconnected cluster aims to develop a global advantage in a sovereign, key enabling technology which will allow Wales and the UK to increase trade globally in these critical sectors. We very much welcomed the opportunity to share our vision with Sir Andrew Mackenzie during his visit.”

Sir Andrew and Professor Peter Smowton, Cardiff University
Credit: Matthew Horwood

CSconnected SIPF is a 55-month project with a total value of £43 million, supported by £25 million of government funding provided through UK Research and Innovation’s flagship Strength in Places Fund.


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