5G facility to create 2,000 jobs

5G facility to create 2,000 jobs

The Welsh Government is set to pump £12m into the creation of a new 5G chip facility which could create up to 2,000 jobs in South Wales.

The state of the art facility is the first project to be supported by the £1.2bn City Deal and is the latest development in the Welsh Government’s plans to make Wales the global centre of expertise for compound semiconductors.

The creation of the compound semiconductor industry facility will put Wales at the forefront of technological advancements in this area and is expected to attract up to £365m of private sector investment over the next five years.

Compound semiconductors are the key technology driving advances in a host of areas ranging from wireless technology and smart phones, to solar energy and power stations, from healthcare for new imaging devices and diagnostics, to transport.

Describing the project as a major coup for South East Wales, first minister Carwyn Jones said: “I am delighted our initial £12m investment has kick-started the creation of the world’s first compound semiconductor industry cluster in Newport.

“Our support for the Institute for Compound Semiconductor Technology has been widely recognised as the catalyst for developing this world-leading cluster, which is expected to create more than 2,000 well paid jobs and be the cornerstone of a truly transformative project for the area.

“Today’s major investment puts Wales at the cutting edge of this exciting technology, which has the ability to change the way we live.

"This is great news for Wales – and the first of many new exciting projects set to make a real difference to the economy of South East Wales.”