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Joint venture shortlisted for collaboration award

26 September 2018


The Compound Semiconductor Centre (CSC), a joint venture between Cardiff University and IQE, has been shortlisted for the ‘Collaboration’ Award, for the second year running at Insider's Made in Wales Awards.

The awards celebrate the best in Welsh manufacturing, product development and design.  

The ‘Collaboration’ category celebrates the achievements of a special collaboration between a manufacturing company and a third party. The CSC entry was based on its success in securing over £6M of Collaborative Research funding from sources such as InnovateUK, The Home Office, Eurostars, UK Quantum Technology Programme and the Welsh Government over the last two years.

This activity has been instrumental in realising the centre’s vision of an Innovation and Manufacturing cluster of excellence in South Wales dedicated to Compound Semiconductor technologies, which has attracted an investment commitment of over £600M in new capital projects since 2015.

Dr Wyn Meredith, CSC Director said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted in this highly competitive category, and hope to build on our successes in 2017 – Winning the Techworks Research Collaboration awards, The Insider Business and Education Economic Impact Award, and shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Award for Knowledge Exchange.”

The awards will be presented at a black-tie event at Cardiff City Hall on 4 October 2018. Successful companies will go on to compete at Insider's Made in the UK event.

CSC was founded in 2015 as a joint venture between Cardiff University and Cardiff-headquartered CS specialists IQE plc. It works with the University’s Institute for Compound Semiconductors (ICS) to accelerate the commercialisation of compound semiconductor research.

Compound semiconductors drive the devices and technologies we use today, from smartphones and tablets to satellite communications and GPS.

The Institute for Compound Semiconductors (ICS) at Cardiff University enables researchers and industry to work together to meet consumer demand by progressing academic research to a point where it can be introduced reliably and quickly into the production environment.

The ICS will transfer from its current home in the University’s Queen’s Buildings to the new Translational Research Facility (TRF), which is currently under construction as part of the new Cardiff Innovation Campus development.

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