Materials handling

Northern Ireland is a recognised centre of excellence in the design and manufacture of materials handling equipment.

It is used in a broad range of applications including construction, quarrying, mining and recycling.

We have one of the world’s most successful clusters of engineering companies developing innovative solutions that are exported globally.

40% of the worlds mobile crushing and screening equipment is made in Northern Ireland

Machinery manufactured in Northern Ireland is sold to customers worldwide for 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.

Among areas of particular expertise are mobile screening and crushing machinery – as well as bespoke equipment for the increasingly important recycling industry. International names with a manufacturing presence in Northern Ireland include Terex, Caterpillar and Hyster-Yale (USA), Sandvik and TESAB (Sweden) and McCloskey (Canada).

These companies have been operating successfully in Northern Ireland for many years, supported by a comprehensive and competitive supply chain. As a result, we have a resource of skills, knowledge and experience in materials handling which encourages and facilitates market-led innovation.

Our two world class universities, Queen’s University Belfast and the Ulster University, along with our colleges have strong engineering centres which work with companies on R&D and new product development.


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