Welsh chip maker Newport Wafer Fab faces calls to float on the London stock market after UK blocks Chinese takeover
Calls for Newport Wafer Fab to be floated on the London stock market mounted after the UK blocked its Chinese takeover over security concerns.
The future of the Welsh microchip maker hangs in the balance after the Government ordered Nexperia, which is based in the Netherlands and owned by China’s Wingtech Technology, to reduce its stake from 100 per cent to no more than its previous holding of 14 per cent.
Ministers said the move was necessary to ‘mitigate the risk to national security’.
Security fears: The future of Newport Wafer Fab hangs in the balance after the Government ordered Nexperia, which is owned by China’s Wingtech Technology, to reduce its stake
Options for Nexperia include floating Newport Wafer Fab in London or risk the company being snapped up by private equity or even nationalised.
A stock market float would boost Rishi Sunak and Jeremy Hunt’s plans to turn Britain into a global tech leader.
Russ Shaw, founder of Tech London Advocates, said the flotation of Newport Wafer would provide Nexperia with an easy option to divest the 86 per cent stake.
He said: ‘Nexperia could certainly look to get together a consortium of British fund managers and manufacturers for a float.
That way Nexperia gets to keep its minority stake. Admittedly the process could be difficult in the market climate.’
Nexperia said it did not accept the national security concerns raised. Nexperia’s UK country manager, Toni Versluijs, said: ‘We are genuinely shocked. The decision is wrong, and we will appeal to overturn this divestment order.’