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UK consulate staff visit Mountbatten Building

Published: 6 November 2008

UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) representatives from consulates around the world visited ECS on a fact-finding mission to help attract foreign investment to the Southampton area.

Twenty members of the UKTI team from cities such as Washington, Shanghai, Istanbul, Houston, Osaka and Singapore visited the Millbrook Technology Campus and the new Mountbatten building to learn more about the expertise and facilities in digital technologies and business support the area has to offer.

The group spoke to a number of high-tech companies including Bac2, Primer Design, Reap Systems and Polymer vision at the Millbrook Technology Campus (MTC) and heard from Casconda Ltd, specialist semiconductor designers. Bac2 is the creator of ElectroPhen™, a new plastic that is a billion times more electrically conductive than other polymers or resins and Polymer Vision is the pioneer and mobile industry leader for rollable display enabled hand-held devices.

Millbrook Technology Campus, in the Outer Shirley area of Southampton, has been recognised for revitalising six hectares of land on the western outskirts to create a business technology park, acting as a catalyst for economic and social regeneration in the deprived area of Millbrook.

The group also learned about the new facilities in the School of Electronics and Computer Science. The new Mountbatten Building contains a clean room and fabrication capability which will enable researchers in ECS and the ORC to make leading-edge contributions to new research areas in nanotechnology, bionanotechnology and photonics.

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