Cambridge Nanotherm appoints Ralph Weir as CEO

Cambridge Nanotherm, a producer of semiconductor heatsink technology, today announced that it has appointed semiconductor industry veteran Ralph Weir as its CEO. This follows just a few months on from news of the initiation of its first production line, allowing the company to roll out its advanced nano-ceramic heat dissipation technology at high volumes to meet the growing 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. Dr. 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 extraordinarily 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 material currently wicks away heat at two to three times the rate of competing solutions, while still being four to ten 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, new CEO. “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.”

Joining alongside Weir as Business Development Director is 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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