Cleanroom boost for Scottish firms

A £6m cleanroom facility for Scotland’s micro and optoelectronics sectors and nanotechnology industry is to be built in West Lothian.

The facility will provide technology companies with access to larger, modern cleanroom facilities to help them grow their business out of incubator units without having to commit to building their own premises.

Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh and Lothian will purchase and fit out the 3,700m2 building at Starlaw Park in Livingston, before handing over to cleanroom specialists Sematek UK, who will install bespoke cleanroom facilities and sub-let individual units to emerging technology organisations.

The facility will be able to house up to five companies and each unit will combine cleanroom space and office accommodation. The West Lothian location is already home to many new technology companies and is close to other world-leading facilities at the Alba Campus and the Institute of Systems Level Integration.

It will be the only facility of its type in Scotland and will support the growth of emerging technologies and ensure Scotland can retain some of its most promising technology companies and attract new foreign investment. The centre is expected to create more than 50 new high value jobs per annum while generating an additional £40m to the Scottish economy over the next 15 years.

Work is due to begin on-site in January and the facility is expected to be complete by May 2008.