Investment Conference delegates to hear about NI strengths in advanced manufacturing and renewables

A workshop focusing on advanced manufacturing and renewables is taking place today as part of the Northern Ireland Investment Conference.

The conference, hosted by the First and deputy First Minister, is being organised by Invest NI, working closely with UKTI. The conference is sponsored by British Airways and Danske Bank.

The workshop will give international delegates the opportunity to hear in detail how Northern Ireland is a location of choice for their businesses.  The delegates attending are from a broad range of companies operating in these sectors from countries including Japan, USA, Canada, India, Germany and China.

Jeremy Fitch, Invest NI’s Executive Director of Business and Sector Development, said: “Northern Ireland has a resource of skills, knowledge and experience in advanced manufacturing and is recognised as a centre of excellence in a number of sectors including materials handling and aerospace.

“Our historic strength in engineering and construction also means that there is an experienced and skilled workforce readily available to capitalise on emerging opportunities in the renewables market. Indeed, one in four of the world’s full-scale marine energy devices have been developed, tested or manufactured in Northern Ireland.”

Today’s workshop is offering delegates the chance to get more detail on Northern Ireland strengths in advanced manufacturing and renewables. Representatives from Nacco Materials Handling, Seagate Technology, B/E Aerospace, Harland and Wolff, Belfast Harbour and Moyola Precision Engineering are participating as panel members at the workshop and will share their experiences of doing business here.

Mr Fitch added: “Our reputation as a business friendly, cost-competitive region with a skilled workforce has attracted many global names within these sectors including Terex, Bombardier and Thales. We want to showcase Northern Ireland and demonstrate that although the region is small it is able to successfully meet the needs of large international companies and support the growth of ambitious local businesses.”