This capability is unique in the industry. Each step of the supply chain is provided by a Scottish company which is established, profitable, independent, world-class, and competing successfully in their own, respective, vertical markets. Additionally, each company is a member of Technology Scotland, the industry association representing Scotland’s wider, enabling, technologies sectors.
Dr Alastair McInroy, CEO of Technology Scotland, who visited Vector Photonics recently to discuss the supply chain capability further, said, “We are excited to find that prototype, compound semiconductor lasers can be made entirely within the Scottish photonics cluster. This capability was identified by Vector Photonics whilst commercialising their PCSEL technology.
“All the companies in the supply chain are Technology Scotland members, so, on their behalf, we are keen to raise awareness of this unique capability to government. Strategic funding and investment could enable the collaboration necessary to develop Alpha and Beta supply chains, with both individual and collective, company benefits. Scotland’s place as a world-leader in compound semiconductor laser development and production would be secured, with high gross value added (GVA) jobs created and wider positive implications for Scottish GDP.
Euan Livingston, Sales and Marketing Director at Vector Photonics added, “The prototype supply chain provides epitaxy; front end processing; resist, E-beam, etch and clean; overgrowth; post-overgrowth processing; back-end-of-line; and packaging – all from companies in Scotland’s central belt.”