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23 October 2015

IQE wins Advanced Manufacturing title at 2015 Made in Wales Awards

Epiwafer foundry and substrate maker IQE plc of Cardiff, Wales, UK has won the Advanced Manufacturer title at the Insider Media Made in Wales Awards 2015 (organized by UK-based business publisher Insider Media Ltd).

Sponsored by Hunter Selection, the award was presented during a gala ceremony at Cardiff City Hall in recognition of IQE's close work with the Welsh Government and Cardiff University to achieve key milestones in developing an advanced, high-tech manufacturing capability with the vision of establishing the world's first compound semiconductor cluster in Wales.

"The company is uniquely positioned to lead the establishment of a technology cluster to help drive the high-tech manufacturing capabilities for the development and commercialization of next generation semiconductors," reckons IQE's CEO Dr Drew Nelson.

In August, IQE announced the formation of the Compound Semiconductor Centre (CSC), a joint venture between IQE and Cardiff University. A formal launch is scheduled for November at events in Westminster and Cardiff. "By developing regional specialization, we plan to build the world's first semiconductor cluster, creating high-quality businesses and jobs," says Nelson.

The new centre provides a key milestone towards the creation of a regional specialization in compound semiconductor technologies and will build on the work of Cardiff University's Institute of Compound Semiconductors (announced in May) to provide a dedicated facility for research into novel deployment of compound semiconductors.

IQE is currently leading a consortium of up to 40 businesses and institutions across Europe in an application under Horizon 2020 (the European Union's framework program for Research and Innovation for 2014-2020) to fund the establishment of up to 20 pilot production lines for compound semiconductor-based technologies.

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