Cardiff, 24 August 2011: IQE plc, (AIM: IQE, "IQE" or the "Group") the leading
global supplier of advanced semiconductor wafer products and services to the
semiconductor industry, has appointed Norio Hayafuji as Head of Sales and
Marketing for the Asia Pacific region.
Norio has more than 27 years' experience in manufacturing, business development,
sales and marketing and general management within compound semiconductor
technology companies including Mitsubishi Electric, Procomp and Century Epitech.
Norio will be based at the Group's Singapore facility. He will coordinate sales
and marketing activities and provide a technical focus for wireless,
optoelectronic and photovoltaic products across the Group's Asia Pacific
CEO and President, Dr Drew Nelson, said:
"We confidently expect China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan to become major global
powers in emerging technologies over the next decade.
"We already have a considerable presence in the Far East with a solid customer
base and state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. The appointment of an
acknowledged industry expert with extensive knowledge and experience of our
industry in the region will help ensure that IQE is well positioned to exploit
this growth potential."
IQE's comprehensive wireless portfolio includes III-V PHEMT, HBT, and BiFET
epi-wafers grown by MBE and MOCVD at IQE's manufacturing sites in the US, UK,
Asia sales: Norio Hayafuji,
Tel: +65 6571 0736,
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Tel: +44 29 2083 9400
Note to Editors
IQE is the leading global supplier of advanced semiconductor wafers with
products that cover a diverse range of applications, supported by an innovative
outsourced foundry services portfolio that allows the Group to provide a 'one
stop shop' for the wafer needs of the world's leading semiconductor
IQE uses advanced crystal growth technology (epitaxy) to manufacture and supply
bespoke semiconductor wafers 'epi-wafers' to the major chip manufacturing
companies, who then use these wafers to make the chips which form the key
components of virtually all high technology systems. IQE is unique in being able
to supply wafers using all of the leading crystal growth technology platforms.
IQE's products are found in many leading-edge consumer, communication, computing
and industrial applications, including a complete range of wafer products for
the wireless industry, such as mobile handsets and wireless infrastructure, Wi-
Fi, WiMAX, base stations, GPS, and satellite communications; optical
communications, optical storage (CD, DVD), laser optical mouse, laser printers &
photocopiers, thermal imagers, leading-edge medical products, barcode, ultra
high brightness LEDs, a variety of advanced silicon based systems and high
efficiency concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) solar cells.
The manufacturers of these chips are increasingly seeking to outsource wafer
production to specialist foundries such as IQE in order to reduce overall wafer
costs and accelerate time to market.
IQE also provides bespoke R&D services to deliver customised materials for
specific applications and offers specialist technical staff to manufacture to
specification either at its own facilities or on the customer's own sites. The
Group is also able to leverage its global purchasing volumes to reduce the cost
of raw materials. In this way IQE's outsourced services, provide compelling
benefits in terms of flexibility and predictability of cost, thereby
significantly reducing operating risk.
IQE operates a number of global manufacturing and R&D facilities: Cardiff,
Milton Keynes and Bath in the United Kingdom; Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Somerset,
New Jersey and Spokane, Washington in the USA; and Singapore. The Group also has
11 sales offices located in major economic centres worldwide.
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