LED thermal management materials developer Cambridge Nanotherm appoints Howard Ford as chairman

June 8, 2015
Tech veteran to help guide Cambridge Nanotherm’s international expansion Haverhill, Suffolk — Cambridge Nanotherm is proud to announce that Howard Ford has joined the board as chairman. Ford brings unrivalled experience operating at the highest level in both start-up and global technology companies. His knowledge and experience of transforming companies into global brands will help to ensure Cambridge Nanotherm continues its rapid growth. Sales of Cambridge Nanotherm’s thermal management solutions for LEDs have exploded in 2015 and Ford will help continue the drive for expansion into key markets in Asia and the US. “Howard has an outstanding track record in companies large and small. Both our employees and investors are delighted that he has agreed to join as we expand our product offering, customer base and geographical presence and continue to aggressively grow global sales,” commented Ralph Weir, CEO. “Howard’s experience, both at the helm of multinational organisations and moulding tech start-ups into global players makes him the perfect fit for Cambridge Nanotherm as we reinforce our strategic direction and cement our position as one of the market leaders for LED thermal management.” “Cambridge Nanotherm is transforming the landscape of thermal management,” added Ford. “I’m relishing the opportunity to bring my experience to bear on a company that is making such big waves in the LED market.” Ford has worked for a wide variety of high-profile technology companies in his career. Significant roles include chief executive of BT Cellnet and general manager of IBM’s European PC business; Ford was also managing director of Equant Network Services before it was acquired by France Telecom in 2005. In addition to Cambridge Nanotherm, Howard currently holds the position of chairman with Display Data, Pyreos, Light Blue Optics and Filtronic plc. Cambridge Nanotherm’s innovative nanoceramic thermal management solutions have seen unprecedented market demand. Ford’s commercial expertise and strategic vision will help the board and management team build on this foundation. Cambridge Nanotherm’s move to strengthen the board with this appointment follows on from the appointment of Ewald Braith as non-executive director in April. About Cambridge Nanotherm Ltd. Cambridge Nanotherm’s substrates for LED applications and high-powered electronics provide the industry’s best thermal performance/price ratio available today. Nanotherm LC substrates are used by LED manufacturers to reduce costs, improve lifetime and increase the brightness of their products. Electronic power and control modules benefit from closer component spacing, higher electrical ratings and improved reliability. A patented process creates a super-thin nanoceramic layer on the surface of aluminium to form a dielectric with extremely high thermal conductivity. This nanoceramic can be applied as thin as 3µm — many times thinner than conventional dielectrics. The first product based on the technology, Nanotherm LC, was launched in 2014 and combines the thinnest dielectric layer in the industry with the highest thermal conductivity. The result is the lowest thermal resistance of any metal-clad PCB material. A second product, Nanotherm DM, replaces expensive aluminium nitride sub-mounts giving similar thermal performance at lower cost, while retaining the robustness and ease of processing of an insulated metal substrate. (Cambridge Nanotherm® is a registered trademark of Cambridge Nanotherm Ltd.)


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