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Wales to get its first Catapult centre

A £50-million Catapult centre focusing on compound semiconductors is to be headquartered in Wales, becoming the second centre to be based outside England.

The creation of the Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult was announced by chancellor George Osborne at Cardiff University on 7 January, in a speech on the economies of Wales and the UK.

The centre will be 11th in the UK and the first to be led from Wales—although the Precision Medicine Catapult has a hub in Cardiff its headquarters are in Cambridge. The only other centre headquartered outside England is the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, which is based in Glasgow.

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