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Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering


Location of choice

Northern Ireland has a vibrant and highly sophisticated advanced manufacturing and engineering sector. Almost 1,100 international companies have invested in Northern Ireland and the sector has grown almost three times faster than the rest of the UK in recent years.

'The people of Northern Ireland are some of the most passionate, devoted, dedicated and skilled individuals that I have ever had the opportunity to work with.' Paul Vienneau, Chief Tecnology Officer, TSYS

Experience and expertise

Manufacturing companies experience spans across a range of sectors from aerospace and automative, to materials handling and consumer products. Within these sectors the region has a world-class reputation for its strengths in:

    • Plastics and polymers
    • Composites design and manufacturing
    • Precision manufacturing
    • Design and stress modelling
    • Power generation
    • Aircraft seating and interiors
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Access to world-class research centres of excellence

Northern Ireland is home to a number of centres of excellence undertaking industrially relevant research. The regions two top universities, Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University, along with our further education colleges have strong engineering schools and research centres which work closely with materials handling companies on R&D and new product development.

Over 72% of Northern Ireland university research activity is world-leading or internationally excellent according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 assessment.

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Did you know?

Advanced manufacturing and engineering in Northern Ireland has a strong engineering heritage with an international reputation.

  • Northern Ireland make 40% of the world’s tracked mobile stone crushing and gravel screening equipment.
  • 1 in 5 of the world’s computer hard drives have parts made in Northern Ireland. Seagate Technology in Derry is a leader in the manufacture of hard drive storage systems that are used worldwide.
  • Over 30% of the world’s aircraft seats are made in Northern Ireland.
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Who's here

  • Hyster-Yale
  • Terex Corporation
  • SDC Trailers
  • McCloskey International
  • Spirit Aerosystems
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