Connecting compound semiconductor manufacturing to end markets
To achieve our global ambitions requires access to large, scalable, global markets. Partnering with clusters of capability around the UK provides a springboard to address those markets.
Significant clusters exist around the UK in areas relating to Net Zero and future telecom networks. Combining the collective strength of these clusters elevates the UK’s presence on the international stage, with the Catapult taking a central role in coordinating activity and minimizing duplication.
Scotland boasts the world’s oldest photonics cluster, dating back to Barr and Stroud in the 19th century. Today, Scottish photonics is a £1bn industry, employing 4,000 highly skilled engineers serving markets as diverse as cube-satellite manufacturing and lasers for smartphone assembly. Northern Ireland hosts world-leading capability in data centers. North East England has a cluster of companies developing electric vehicles and wireless telecom systems, supporting 5G, satellite communications, and beyond. In South West England, a cluster of 174 integrated photonics companies generates over £500m in annual sales, employing over 3,000 highly skilled staff.
This unique concentration of economic activity, industrial capability, and innovation harnesses UK supply chains to deliver impact at an international level.