08 April 2019
Neil Martin, CEO of CST Global, gave a keynote address at the University of Glasgow, Corporate Partner Evening, held in February. The Corporate Partner Evening brings together the industrial supporters and partners of the university to celebrate their positive impact on research, student development and the wider Glasgow community. It was also an opportunity to discuss the recently announced, £1bn investment plan for the university, aimed at improving and expanding facilities and developing its teaching and research programmes.
Neil said, “It is an honour to speak at the University of Glasgow, Corporate Partner Evening. CST Global was formed as a joint venture with Strathclyde University, back in 2000, with funding from Scottish Enterprise. From its base in Blantyre, Glasgow, the company has gone on to produce compound semiconductor lasers for telecommunications, industrial, defence and healthcare companies around the world.
“We have worked on a number of successful, government-funded, research projects, in collaboration with the University of Glasgow. These are essential to the future of our business and likely to make a significant contribution to the UK’s GDP. The collaborative projects also give us access to exceptional research and development engineers for recruitment.”
The Corporate Partner Evening was hosted by Bonnie Dean, Vice Principal (Corporate Engagement and Innovation) UoG, with co-host, Stuart Patrick, Chief Executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce. Neil was joined by fellow speakers Harper VanSteenhous, GM and founder of BioClavis; Nick Thomas, Partner at Baillie Gifford; and Stuart Brown, Head of Banking for SME Companies at Barclays Bank.
The University of Glasgow is a world-class, education institution with many accolades, including winning Scottish University of the Year 2017; being ranked 1st in the Russell Group for teaching; producing seven Nobel Laureates; and having its research judged as ‘Internationally Excellent’.
CST Global is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sivers IMA Holdings AB (Nasdaq First North: SIVE), and is the UK’s leading, independent, III-V opto-electronic, semiconductor foundry.
Picture, clockwise from top left: Stuart Brown, Nick Thomas, Neil Martin, Stuart Patrick, Bonnie Dean, Harper Van Steenhouse.