Our diverse advanced manufacturing and engineering sector has in recent years grown almost three times faster than the rest of the UK. Manufacturing accounts for 11% of employment and over 15% GVA making it a key sector in the Northern Ireland economy.
The region is home to a range of indigenous and international companies, engaged in the full range of activities from R&D through new product development to manufacturing. A strong focus on R&D investment and commitment to product & process and design & development ensures the sector continues to grow and experience success.
Our companies experience spans across a range of sectors including:
Within these sectors the region has a world-class reputation for its strengths in:
Northern Ireland is home to a number of centres of excellence undertaking industrially relevant research and channelling university expertise into the development of sophisticated products and processes to assist the growth of companies in our advanced manufacturing and engineering sector.
Northern Ireland is an attractive place for investment in the advanced manufacturing and engineering sector thanks to a combination of factors including skills availability, excellent infrastructure, cost-effectiveness and a supportive business environment.
Bombardier’s Aero Structures operation is the largest investor in Northern Ireland and the largest manufacturing company, with a total workforce of around 3,600. It specialises in the design and development of complex composite and metallic structures, including wings, engine nacelles and fuselages, and has a comprehensive after-market support business, providing end-to-end solutions to customers.
Creagh Concrete Products Ltd provides offsite fabrication of 'bespoke' concrete products, extremely fasttrack build system when delivered 'just in time' to site (particularly for high rise residential developments), and alleviates (i) skills and labour shortages especially in major population centres, (ii) site access restrictions, and (iii) fire risks potentially associated with alternative non-concrete façade (cladding) systems which are now under significant scrutiny following the Grenfell disaster. Creagh’s products can be supplied with pre-installed insulation, external windows and doors, M&E conduits and balcony inserts, and with external and internal wall finishes completed.
Denroy Plastics offers an integrated design, tooling and manufacturing operation providing clients with a single source solution from concept design to full volume production.
The company services a broad spectrum of business sectors and has extensive knowledge and expertise in processing a diverse range of polymers from the most common polypropylene grades to the high engineering grades of PEEK and PPS used in the aerospace industry.
McMullen Facades, part of the JRL Group, is a leading specialist facade contractor providing full design, fabrication and installation of aluminium curtain wall and window systems for medium and large scale building projects. McMullen has a professional team that “Brings the Architects Designs to Life”. Specialising in fully integrated facade design, the company is able to offer its clients and customers a range of high quality, fully tested, facade products which give a “one stop, low risk” solution.
MJM Marine, employing over 600 people and 1,200 subcontractors, is a global provider specialising in new build, refurbishment, refit and fit out services to the marine, commercial and private sectors. MJM Marine offers full bespoke and turnkey solutions across a broad range of needs: accommodation, recreation and public areas, catering, residential and many more, working with a wide spectrum of materials.
Seagate is a global leader in data storage solutions. From its facility in Northern Ireland, the company develops and manufactures read-write heads for hard disk drives. This manufacturing operation is recognised as one of the UK’s most advanced nanotechnology manufacturing facilities.
Terex Corporation is a global manufacturer of lifting and materials processing products and services serving a broad range of industries. Terex in Northern Ireland designs, manufactures and distributes world leading mobile crushing, screening, washing and environmental equipment.
With a 60 year heritage in world class engineering, Thales in Northern Ireland is the leading high technology company in the region, employing more than 500 people in the defence and space sectors. Thales’ Northern Ireland operations are a Centre of Excellence for Air Defence and Surface Attack Solutions, serving customers in the UK and overseas. With its design and production of high precision, high volume effectors and fire control systems, along with the capability to integrate weapons onto tactical platforms, it is an international player with unique European system capability.
Thales Belfast is also home to the group’s global Space Electric Propulsion Integration Centre.