19 Jun 2024

Cambridge Mechatronics' CTO Ben Brown featured on Cambridge Tech Podcast

Ben Brown was featured on the Cambridge Tech Podcast, hosted by James Parton and Faye Holland on the 16th of June. In the podcast, Ben shared his experiences on developing new technologies in Cambridge and described Cambridge Mechatronics’ business model and future portfolio. Also featured are some lessons of how CML is building relationships in China, Taiwan and Japan, and how exciting it is to be working with such a multi-disciplinary tech team.

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The Cambridge Tech Podcast covers tech topics and is recorded at the Bradfield Centre on the Cambridge Science Park. It features weekly episodes from respected technology leaders, founders and innovators in the region. James Parton is the Managing Director of the Bradfield Centre which focuses on supporting the UK’s startup ecosystem and Faye Holland owns a multi-award winning specialist PR and communication consultancy, cofinitive, and is the creator and organizer of the 1toWatch technology innovation awards.

In the episode, Ben Brown talks about his journey from an academic learning about commercialisation, to a career spanning 25 years working on novel technology. He describes his experience working on colloids at the University of Cambridge, to ink at TTP, and jumping into the best loud speaker developments at Cambridge Mechatronics.

Focusing on the current product portfolio at Cambridge Mechatronics, Ben explains how Shape Memory Alloys (SMAs) work, and how innovation and IP development are intrinsically important to help the company protect its actuator designs; CML regularly features in the top 50 UK patent applicants. The conversation also covers the recent $40M VC-led funding round and the company journey to build up its supply chain and relationships with major customers, mostly based in APAC.

"We think you’ll agree that Cambridge Mechatronics is a great representation of a multi-disciplinary tech team of silicon, firmware, software, material scientists, physicists, and more. And with an expansion into new premises on Cambridge Science Park, and a new office in Copenhagen, they are certainly a tech company to watch."
- Cambridge Tech Podcast

"It was a pleasure to be on the Cambridge Tech Podcast, to talk about the growth of Cambridge Mechatronics and the development of our SMA technology.  It was a great opportunity, and I enjoyed discussing the incredible multidisciplinary innovation at CML, the global partnerships we've built, and our recent $40M funding round. Thanks to James and Faye for the invitation to share our story."
- Ben Brown, CTO of Cambridge Mechatronics

Cambridge Mechatronics’ AF and OIS actuator designs are shipping in high volume in multiple premium smartphones. For more details about Cambridge Mechatronics and SMA technology, please GET IN TOUCH.

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About CML: Cambridge Mechatronics Limited (CML) is a world-leading developer of mechanical, optical, electrical, silicon and software designs for system-level solutions using its Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) platform technology. ACTUATOR SOLUTIONS using SMA wire (thinner than human hair) can be controlled to the accuracy of the wavelength of light. These actuators are particularly suited to applications that require high levels of precision and force, in a compact and lightweight design.