Up to 200 jobs are to be created in Livingston over the next five years by opto-electronics firm Kymata. The Southampton-based company, backed by Glasgow University and others, will make integrated circuits enabling telecoms firms to multiply the capacity of existing fibre optic cable.
The electronics and electrical engineering department at Glasgow University has pioneered new techniques for fabricating the chips needed for the optoelectronic integrated circuits.
Kymata’s move reflects the strength of Scotland’s electronics industry, which leads England by a wide margin in terms of productivity, according to a recent report by economic research firm Business Strategies.
The report says Scottish electronics plants were 40% more productive than those in England, due to a high proportion of Scotland’s industry being in foreign ownership, and differences in investment, education, skills and innovation.