UK Government launches National Semiconductor Strategy to boost tech industry and secure global leadership
The strategy focuses on the UK’s strategic advantages in semiconductor design, cutting-edge compound semiconductors, and its strong R&D ecosystem supported by universities across the country.
The UK government has unveiled its National Semiconductor Strategy, a 20-year plan aimed at strengthening the country’s semiconductor industry. The strategy includes up to £1 billion of government investment to enhance the UK’s capabilities in semiconductor design, research and development (R&D), and compound semiconductors. The goal is to support domestic chip firms and drive innovation and commercialisation in the sector.
The strategy focuses on the UK’s strategic advantages in semiconductor design, cutting-edge compound semiconductors, and its strong R&D ecosystem supported by universities across the country. The government plans to invest £200 million between 2023 and 2025 to improve industry infrastructure and facilitate international cooperation.
The strategy also addresses three key objectives: growing the domestic sector, mitigating the risk of supply chain disruptions, and protecting national security. To ensure implementation and collaboration, the government will establish a UK Semiconductor Advisory Panel comprising industry, government, and academia representatives. The strategy also includes plans for a semiconductor manufacturing sector support program, a specialist incubator pilot, and industry-led learning programs.
Additionally, the UK government will focus on strengthening international partnerships to manage national security threats and enhance supply chain resilience. The announcement of a semiconductor partnership with Japan reflects this commitment.