LONDON Antenna and EMI shielding specialist Laird Technologies has established a corporate research facility in Bangalore, India that will focus on the development of materials for use in electronic components and systems.
A broad range of technical specialists, including physicists, chemists, and material scientists are being recruited in the coming months to staff the laboratory.
These technical specialists and the Indian laboratory will augment Laird Technologies' global engineering and technology staff of over 400.
The facility is located in the International Technology Park (ITPL) in Bangalore. Dr. B. K. Chandrasekhar has been appointed Director of the facility, coming to Laird Technologies from General Electric where he held a similar position.
Rick Rothenberger, Technology Vice President of Laird Technologies, commented: "We have strong R&D organizations in each of our businesses and we will continue to drive innovation within our businesses via dedicated R&D teams. Our new Corporate Research Laboratory will focus on longer-term research in materials and products that will enable step-change improvements in our current and future products, as well as develop products that are multi-functional in nature."
A unit of the Laird Group PLC (London), Laird Technologies (St Louis, Missouri) was formed by merging some of the world's leading EMI shielding, thermal management, and wireless antenna brands. Companies within the Technologies business unit include Instrument Specialties, APM, Bavaria Elektronik, Altoflex, R&F Products, BMI, Warth, Thermagon, Centurion, Melcor, RecepTec, Antenex, Supercool, Steward and most recently AeroComm.
One of the U.K.'s oldest engineering groups, Laird is set to focus on electronics technology following its decision earlier this year to sell its security systems division to private equity group Lupus Capital for £242 million ($471 million).