CSA Catapult welcomes new Centre Lead for DER-IC

Compound Semiconductor Applications (CSA) Catapult and Driving the Electric Revolution Industrialisation Centres (DER-IC) are pleased to welcome Paul Jarvie as Centre Lead for DER-IC – South West and Wales.



Paul brings with him wide-ranging experience in electronics gained from well-known organisations such as NEC Semiconductors, NXP Semiconductors, TechWorks and AESIN. Paul joined TechWorks in 2005 and led the Electronic Product Design/Test and Power Electronics Networks for over seven years. Paul became director of AESIN (Automotive Electronics Systems Innovation Network) in 2015, engaging the full automotive electronics supply chain while co-chairing SEMI GAAC (Global Automotive Advisory Council) with Volkswagen. Paul has a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of the West of Scotland.


DER-IC – South West and Wales is one of four regional centres located around the UK. Each centre provides high-level expertise and the latest equipment in the critical elements of PEMD supply chain required for electrification across multiple sectors such as Aerospace, Marine and Automotive. DER-IC – South West and Wales focuses on developing supply chain capability and competence for the underpinning of power electronics components and materials, towards UK net zero goals.


The centre is hosted by CSA Catapult and draws on the Catapult’s expertise in compound semiconductor technologies and applications particularly from its proven track record in power electronics and advanced packaging and its state-of-the-art equipment and laboratories.


CSA Catapult’s Chief Commercial Officer, Amar Abid-Ali, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Paul as the DER-IC Centre Lead for SouthWest and Wales. With Paul’s vast experience and knowledge of the automotive and electronics industries and with the collaboration of our partners, I am confident that this centre will accelerate the adoption and the manufacturing processes of the advanced materials and components required for the vast range of PEMD applications, as well as significantly strengthen the UK supply chain and attract international interest and investment into the UK.”

Centre Lead for DER-IC – South West and Wales, Paul Jarvie said:

“I am excited to be working with a great team at the centre of such a big topic for government and society alike with direct future benefit to the world. The Catapult has an amazing team, superb facilities, and a collaborative innovation culture. This centre also has links across the DER-IC network giving UK-wide access to leverage wider capability and scaling up PEMD supply chain at the core of the Electric Revolution.”

DER-IC Chair, Professor Matt Boyle OBE said:

Paul is a great addition to our team and the leadership of the DER Industrialisation Centre at the Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult. His experience at AESIN and his international network are a great asset to the DER Challenge. Paul was a great contributor to the development of the challenge and we welcome his arrival in Wales.

To discover how DER-IC can support with your net zero goals, please get in touch.


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