Securing supply chains through collaboration - MBM 2021
Chris Meadows ● Director ● CS Connected
Chris' career in electronics and semiconductors started at British Telecom Research Laboratories before joining a new joint venture between BT and US based DuPont in 1986.
Chris was part of the founding team at Epitaxial Products International Ltd (EPI) in Cardiff in 1988 which became IQE plc in 1999 following the merger with a US competitor and a successful IPO. Cardiff headquartered IQE is listed on the London Stock Exchange’s AiM (IQE.L) and comprises multiple operations in the UK, Asia and the USA.
A science and engineering graduate, Chris also holds an MBA and has held a number of senior management positions within the IQE Group.
He is a Director of CSconnected Ltd, representing the world’s first compound semiconductor cluster that is rapidly evolving across South Wales and the West of England.
The UK and Europe have benefited enormously from collaborative research and development for many decades and have become the envy of the World in terms of academic papers, citations and patents per head of population. However, our record on successful exploitation and commercialisation of such world leading research efforts has not kept apace leaving the region vulnerable to geopolitical actions that affect global supply chain movements. Now, the CSconnected movement centred around South Wales in the UK, is striving to build regional collaborative manufacturing capabilities around new and emerging technologies that are enabled by the home-grown expertise in compound semiconductors, thereby securing future supply and growth.