The semiconductor strategy: Will the UK play a leading role?

19 May 2023

The UK Government has today released the UK National Semiconductor Strategy with the goal of securing the UK’s position as a global science and technology superpower. The strategy document details a 20-year road map to build on the UK’s world-leading strengths in semiconductor technology as one of five critical technologies of tomorrow.

Filtronic is extremely supportive of this goal and believes that the UK semiconductor industry has the potential to be a significant global contributor. We recently welcomed a team from the newly formed Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) who are responsible for today’s announcement. It was clear from that visit that the government sees the critical importance of the UK sovereign semiconductor industry and the role it can play in support of Aerospace, Defence, Quantum, AI and Future Telecoms – all of which depend on next generation semiconductor technology.

“It is positive that the UK government has committed to a national strategy, a commitment that is being driven personally by the Prime Minister this week during his meetings with the G7 nations”. commented Richard Gibbs, Filtronic CEO “We concur with the recommendations of the strategy document including the plan to double down on design, research and advanced chip development. Also welcome is a greater focus on the UK’s strengths in manufacturing and semiconductor packaging in support of the complete semiconductor value chain, of which Filtronic is a key component.”

Filtronic is well placed to support through design and packaging, several of the key industries highlighted including Aerospace, Defence, 5G and Space. Along with other members of the Northeast Advanced Material Electronics (NEAME) cluster, Filtronic believe that the strategy is a constructive step forward, and a statement of intent that the UK will continue to play an important role in this critical global industry.

For more information about Filtronic’s products and services, visit the company’s website,

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