The formal launch of the North East Advanced Material Electronics (NEAME) cluster group has been announced with Filtronic as a founder member. NEAME’s mission is to highlight and promote the region as a center of excellence for advanced compound semiconductor technology design and manufacture.
The cluster – led by CEOs and other senior decision makers in the North East electronics industry – aims to provide a central voice both to raise the profile of the region and to help its members address their main challenges and opportunities profitably.
The electronics sector is projected to contribute £447m Gross Value Added to the region by 2026, with the potential to create and support around 4,500 jobs. “NEAME is an opportunity to showcase this region’s strength within advanced material electronics. What has always struck me about this area is the level of innovation that is happening every day on our doorstep.” said Richard Gibbs of Filtronic.
Paul Howell, MP for Sedgefield who officially launched the group said "The North East continues to pioneer and develop new technologies that can have a huge impact on a global scale. The formation of the NEAME highlights the strength of the region’s growing advanced material electronics sector and presents an opportunity to develop the skills and the jobs of the future, establishing the North East as a global hub for this technology."
NEAME is being launched at the NMI’s annual conference in Durham. Jillian Hughes, NMI Director said, "NMI are delighted to be continuing our support of the UK semiconductor industry by hosting the announcement of the NEAME during our Annual conference. During the last 25 years we have supported the semiconductor design, manufacturing and supplier communities adding value through collaboration, networking and knowledge sharing".
Other founding companies in the cluster are: Axenic, Evince, Inex, Isocom, Kromek, Pragmatic, Viper RF and II–VI.
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