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Cambridge Nanotherm appoints Ralph Weir as CEO

4th August 2014

Company also adds new development director and achievement of ISO 9000 

Cambridge Nanotherm, a producer of innovative semiconductor heatsink technology, has announced the appointment of semiconductor industry veteran Ralph Weir as CEO. This follows a few months on from the start of its first production line, allowing the company to roll out its nano-ceramic heat dissipation technology to meet the needs of LED makers. Cambridge Nanotherm today also announces the appointment of a new business development director, Andrew Duncan, as well as ISO 9000 accreditation of its production line.

Ralph Weir has been appointed to ensure a smooth transition to mass production and to drive the next phase of Cambridge Nanotherm's global growth. Ralph brings with him unrivalled experience and relationships within the relevant markets, and a strong track record in leading advanced technology teams in a variety of companies, including Polar OLED, Actiri, Phase Vision, Mirics and Elixent. Pavel Shashkov, who has held the CEO role since the company was founded, is taking the role of Chief Technology Officer.

Cambridge Nanotherm's products are based on a its patented dielectric nano-ceramic coating with high thermal conductivity. Cambridge Nanotherm's embeds its game-changing 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, while still being 4-10 times thinner. This allows producers of various semiconductor devices to produce radically cooler and more efficient devices, or increase the density of their products, allowing e.g. brighter LEDs or more computational power within a given space. 

"With our announcement that we've been accredited to the ISO 9000 quality standard, and the ramping up of our line producing custom metal-backed PCBs, Cambridge Nanotherm is a company currently going from strength-to-strength," commented Ralph Weir. "We're posing a solution to one of the biggest problems facing the semiconductor world today; heat dissipation, and doing so with a technology that is far more advanced than that of the competition. Given these facts, and the strong financial backing from Venture Capital firm Enso ventures, I'm joining this ambitious company at a hugely exciting time. I look forward to helping Cambridge Nanotherm undertake this critically important next step." 

Andrew Duncan. Duncan has a successful history with a variety of specialised ceramics companies, including Morgan Advanced Ceramics, (as technical manager for Metallised Products), and CeramTec, (as Technical Sales Manager). Andrew is tasked with expanding Cambridge Nanotherm's already-considerable customer base and capitalising on the company's early momentum.

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