Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Filtronic Making a Case for Defence

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Filtronic Making a Case for Defence

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Byline: By Guy Anderson

A drive for defence contracts will help Filtronic increase semiconductor sales by 30pc annually, the electronics group said yesterday.

The group's Integrated Products Division ( which makes electronic circuit systems for satellite and mobile phone communications systems at a plant in County Durham ( expects to beef up its pounds 35m turnover for the "foreseeable future" on the back of blue chip clients including BAE Systems and Thales.

Iain Andrew Gibson ( the executive vice president of BAE Systems' Avionics division ( has been recruited as chief executive of the division to lead the push for growth. He previously led the defence giants Eurofighter Typhoon and Radar equipment projects.

Professor David Rhodes, chairman of Filtronic, said: "We see significant growth ahead in this division, and have a target of growing sales by 30pc annually for the foreseeable future."

Mr Gibson is Filtronic's second recruit from the board of BAE Systems' Avionics division. Professor John Roulston took over as chief executive of the Yorkshire group in July last year having spent 15 years as a BAE director.

The aim of Prof Roulston's appointment was to "strengthen links between the companies," Prof Rhodes said. Integrated Products is based in Newton Aycliffe on the site of the former Fujitsu factory where 250 people are employed.

As well as making semiconductor circuits for satellite and communication base stations, it supplies advanced circuits for second and third generation mobile telephones. …

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