Kevin Crofton, President of ESTnet Premier Member SPTS Technologies, has been appointed chair of the new Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult established in Wales.
His experience and insight will be invaluable in establishing the Catapult within the rapidly growing compound semiconductor cluster in South Wales, the 11th Catapult to be opened by Innovate UK.
Compound semiconductors are at the heart of many devices we use today, from smart phones to tablets and satellite communication systems. They are central to the development of new technologies including:
- 5G network
- high-efficiency lighting
- power electronics for next-generation electric vehicles
- new imaging techniques in security and health diagnostics
Data from BCC Research and MarketsAndMarkets forecasts the global market for compound semiconductors to be in the range of £75 billion to £125 billion by 2025. There is a market opportunity for the UK due to its world-class research base in this field, which has led to the creation of many companies along the value chain.
Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Jo Johnson said:
“The government’s investment in the Compound Semiconductor Application Catapult is testament to our track record as a leader in advanced electronics – a strength that we will build on through our Industrial Strategy to ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of innovation.
The appointment of Kevin Crofton as Chair and his wealth of industry experience will help drive this and continue the Catapult’s vital role in developing new technologies.”
Wales’ Minister for Skills and Science, Julie James added:
“Science underpins innovation and technological developments and is essential for economic growth and creating high quality jobs in Wales. This is the first Catapult to be located in Wales and I welcome its arrival and the appointment of Kevin Crofton as its new Chair.
The Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult is a key pillar in the development of the world’s first compound semiconductor cluster, which recognises the industrial strength around the M4 corridor and the economic impact that this technology will bring.”
Kevin Crofton added: “I look forward to helping to guide the Catapult’s vital contribution to the compound semiconductor industry in the UK.
We expect the Catapult to bridge some of the primary research, development and test challenges that exist in the UK compound semiconductor sector. This should help to accelerate innovation among existing businesses and to aid spin-out companies in their success.”
For more information about the Compound Semiconductor Catapult please click here