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IQE and Cardiff University win Economic impact award

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Award recognises the work in developing an advanced compound semiconductor manufacturing capability in Wales

IQE, the manufacturer of advanced semiconductor wafer products, and Cardiff University have won the Economic Impact title at the Business and Education Partnerships Awards.

The award was presented during a gala ceremony at the Marriott Hotel in Cardiff, in recognition of IQE's close work with Cardiff University to achieve a number of key milestones in developing an advanced, high-tech manufacturing capability with the vision of establishing the world's first Compound Semiconductor Cluster in Wales.

IQE and Cardiff University have established the Compound Semiconductor Centre (CSC), a 50/50 "˜for profit' enterprise that is Europe's new home for product, services and skills development in CS technologies. Based in Cardiff, CSC provides cutting-edge facilities that help researchers and industry work together and helps to position Cardiff as the UK and European leader in CS technology.

IQE is also pleased to announce that Peter Smowton, director of EPSRC Future Manufacturing Hub in Compound Semiconductors, has won the title of Individual Impact at the same awards ceremony. Smowton has been actively driving the creation of the Hub which provides Europe-leading capability that will translate research into large-scale CS growth and device fabrication. Cardiff University leads the Hub with three key academic partners: UCL (University College London), the University of Manchester and the University of Sheffield.

The EPSRC Manufacturing Hub in Future Compound Semiconductors and CSC work closely together for compound semiconductor manufacturing and applications development in Wales and have been key elements to drive the establishment of the Compound Semiconductor Cluster.

The awards ceremony was organised by Insider Media Ltd, a UK business publisher.

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