Innovation Mission

Innovation Mission: Promoting Welsh Technology as part of Wales Week in London

The ESTnet was busy promoting Welsh Technology in the UK Capital earlier this month as part of Wales Week in London. 

Our Managing Director Avril Lewis attended a roundtable discussion hosted by the Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries, Margot James MP to celebrate the thriving Welsh Technology sector and discuss opportunities for further growth.

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The ESTnet was also represented at the Welsh Tech Showcase - 'Disruptive Influencers: Wales Next?' event, a networking event to showcase the technology eco-system in Wales, encourage more collaboration and partnerships with the London tech community and ultimately demonstrate that Wales is a credible option for businesses looking to expand their headcount into a second UK location. 

The Wales Festival of Innovation, with the ESTnet as a key partner, teamed up with CS Connected to showcase exciting developments in the compound semiconductor sector in South Wales. Industrial, academic and government agency players in the South Wales CS cluster presented a unique event in London on 7th March 2018: 'CS Connected – Building the world’s first compound semiconductor cluster.'

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This ‘Innovation Mission’ by the Wales Festival of Innovation was an opportunity to find out more about the cluster and the opportunities for your company to work with them, and to network with like-minded businesses.  

Compound semiconductors are increasingly at the heart of mainstream technologies from consumer to industrial, healthcare, automotive and aerospace applications. It is a sector rapidly transforming into a major global industry. 

Wales already has a wealth of industrial and academic expertise in advanced semiconductor technologies in the form of ESTnet members IQE, SPTS (Orbotech), Newport Wafer Fab and Microsemi, who, supported by a strong research and development eco-system, has all the elements in place to claim the region’s title as the World’s first Compound Semiconductor cluster, CSconnected.

Businesses in this fast-growing compound semiconductor cluster are actively recruiting new talent and expect to create around 2,000 highly skilled jobs over the next three to five years. IQE alone plans to take on up to 500 staff as part of its expansion into a new epitaxial wafer facility in Newport. 


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