Opto firm Kymata invests ?10m in Scottish fab

Opto firm Kymata invests ?10m in Scottish fab
Richard Wilson
Kymata, the broadband comms optoelectronic device firm, has secured a ?10m investment to fund the building of its first commercial fabrication facility in Scotland.
The new plant will feature an advanced silica-on-silicon processing line for 6 inch/150 mm wafers which is intended to meet the volume demand for advanced optical networking components.
Kymata relocated its activities to Scotland in 1998 to gain access to a existing research base in optoelectronics from Scotland’s leading Universities.The new facility is expected to create up to 200 jobs during the next five years.
The investment package comes from 3i, a Regional Selective Assistance Grant, Glasgow University, and members of Kymata’s management team.
3i has invested ?6m, raising its stake in Kymata to over 40%. Kymata also has ties with BT and Southampton University.
According to Kymata’s CEO Brendan: “The firm now has the technology to mass- produce low cost devices and subsystems which will allow the necessary bandwidth to be routed, switched and processed in the all-optical networks of the future.”
Kymata anticipates starting commercial manufacturing operations during early 2000.

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