The Catapult has established international partnerships with leading research and technology organisations in countries with complementary technologies to access these markets.

Our first strategic partnership, between the Catapult and the Industrial Research Technology Institute (ITRI) of Taiwan, was established in October 2020. Celebrating the partnership, the UK Trade Minister, Rt Hon Greg Hands, launched the UK-Taiwan International Showcase for Compound Semiconductor Technology, to build long-term and supplier relationships between the UK and Taiwanese companies and researchers. 

The virtual signing also saw the Minister launch the UK-Taiwan International Showcase for Compound Semiconductor Technology with nine UK businesses pitching to a virtual audience of 200 potential collaborators and investors.

The Catapult - ITRI partnership will build long-term research and supplier relationships between the UK and Taiwanese companies and researchers.

  • Accessing international markets

    Our first international project involved Rolls Royce in the UK working with Ascatron, a supplier of SiC die in Sweden along with Durham University and UK based TT Electronics (Semelab), developing lightning protection for electric aircraft. 

    We have recently started a 2-year project called COMPASS (COMpact Phased Array Sensors and Systems) to develop a compact, lightweight, RADAR systems. COMPASS is an international collaboration between Saab AB, the end customer based in Sweden, UK based Microchip, and the Catapult.

    A third international project involves Vector Photonics, a spin-out from the University of Glasgow, the Catapult and QD Laser Inc, a Japanese epitaxy manufacturer. This project will develop high power solid-state lasers for 3D printing, replacing bulky CO2 lasers for a market that is forecast to be worth $10bn by 2025.

    Building on our recent success, the Catapult will develop further international collaborations to grow UK capability and support export opportunities.