Northern Ireland has one of the world's most successful clusters of engineering companies developing innovative solutions for the Materials Handling industry.
Machinery manufactured in Northern Ireland is sold to customers in over 100 countries with applications as diverse as iron ore mining in India, road construction in Peru, diamond exploration in South Africa and sand washing in the Arabian Gulf.
The sector employs more than 4,000 people in over 100 companies. These companies have been operating successfully in Northern Ireland for many years, supported by a comprehensive and competitive supply chain. The region has a resource of skills, knowledge and experience in materials handling which encourages and facilitates market-led innovation.
Northern Ireland’s two world-class universities, Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University, along with our further education colleges also have strong engineering schools and research centres which work closely with companies on R&D and new product development.