The UK has a vibrant semiconductor industry. UK companies compete in global semiconductor markets by combining technological innovation with business model innovation. In doing so, these companies make an important contribution towards the UK’s economic success, with the UK semiconductor market worth $6 billion in 2009 – third in Europe, behind France and Germany.
Equally the industry has an important impact at the regional level, and the South West semiconductor cluster is one of the largest silicon design clusters in the world.
This report examines the semiconductor industry in the UK, particularly in the South West, to identify how this cluster has grown over the past 30 years and how government, with very limited resources, can effectively support regional clusters.
Louise Marston, Shantha Shanmugalingam, Stian Westlake