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Compound Semiconductor Technologies clinches deal with China


With its new laser chips made for use in industrial, communications and defence applications, the firm is set to double its turnover to £5m within the next three years.


Compound Semiconductor Technologies Global Limited (CST), the Scotland-headquartered manufacturer of optoelectronics devices, has secured a six-figure supply agreement with one of China’s emerging tele and data communications developers.


platforms. This commitment now sees CST firmly at the forefront of this global market.”


“Chinese companies are increasingly looking to develop their own operations beyond pure manufacturing. Even though these markets have been traditionally high volume low cost, we have achieved considerable success in working with such companies to incorporate their custom-built CST laser technologies into their products.”


“The development of our own modular technology platforms has allowed us to remain both competitive and agile. From a practical perspective, it means we don’t need to go back to R&D team every time a new requirement comes along, which accelerates time to market for our customers.”


The optoelectronics sector is experiencing rapid growth, with significant demand coming from the data and telecommunications sectors.


Jeffrey Sercel Receives Entrepreneur of the Year from NHHTC


Jeffrey Sercel, Founder and CTO of JP Sercel Associates, Inc (JPSA) was selected as a New Hampshire High Technology Council (NHHTC) Entrepreneur of the Year for 2011. Sercel was recognized for the pioneering work of JPSA, which he started in 1994, which has grown into an internationally recognized supplier of laser systems.


The company’s recent successes, which sees the High Blantyre-based company develop and manufacture customised laser chips for use in industrial, communications and defence applications, is set to double the company’s turnover to £5m within the next three years.


The news comes as CST also reaches a production milestone, with the company having manufactured two million high performance laser chips since acquiring its new manufacturing premises in 2010.


Neil Martin, chief executive officer of CST, said, “We have been making considerable headway in the Chinese market for some time and have now reached a key milestone, which underscores the significant investment we’ve made in developing our own proprietary modular process technology


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The award was based on the Applicant, Type of Business, Current Activity, Innovative Approaches, and Future Plans for the business. Jeffrey Sercel was one of three finalists chosen to present their cutting edge companies in audio/visual presentations to members of the NHHTC and on stage to the public on May 9th, 2011. Sercel is one of only two people to have won the award twice.


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