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4 August 2014

Cambridge Nanotherm appoints CEO and business development director; receives ISO 9000 accreditation

Cambridge Nanotherm Ltd of Haverhill, Suffolk UK, a producer of semiconductor heat-sink technology, has appointed semiconductor industry veteran Ralph Weir as its CEO. This comes just a few months after its first production line, allowing the firm to roll out its nano-ceramic heat dissipation technology at high volumes to meet the growing needs of LED makers. Cambridge Nanotherm has also announced ISO 9000 accreditation of its production line.

Weir has experience leading advanced technology teams in companies including Polar OLED, Actiri, Phase Vision, Mirics and Elixent. He has been appointed to ensure a smooth transition to mass production and to drive the next phase of Cambridge Nanotherm’s global growth. Dr Pavel Shashkov (CEO since the firm was founded) is taking the role of chief technology officer.

Established in 2010, Cambridge Nanotherm was supported by grants from the UK’s Technology Strategy Board (TSB), East of England Development Agency (EEDA) and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and was a member of the Carbon Trust Fast-track Entrepreneur Programme. Since 2011 it has been financially backed by Enso Ventures.

Cambridge Nanotherm’s products are based on its patented high-thermal-conductivity dielectric nano-ceramic coating. The firm embeds its technology in aluminium-backed PCBs using standard processes, or places it over or around semiconductors. The unique material currently wicks away heat at 2-3 times the rate of competing solutions, it is claimed, while still being 4-10 times thinner. This allows manufacturers of various semiconductor devices to produce radically cooler and more efficient devices, or to increase the density of their products, allowing for example brighter LEDs or more computational power within a given space.

Joining alongside Weir as business development director is Andrew Duncan, who has a history with a variety of specialized ceramics companies including Morgan Advanced Ceramics (as technical manager for Metallised Products) and CeramTec (as technical sales manager). Duncan is tasked with expanding Cambridge Nanotherm’s customer base and capitalizing on the its early momentum.

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Cambridge Nanotherm delivers first order for its Chip-on-Heatsink technology in partnership with Optocap

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