Forum to Spark Growth in Local Electronics Sector

Oct 19, 2004

Northern Ireland's electronics industry has the potential to make a significant additional contribution to local economic growth. That was the key message at today's inaugural seminar of the Northern Ireland Electronics Forum, held at the Innovation Centre in Belfast. The Forum was established by Invest Northern Ireland in order to address key business issues within the electronics sector.

An Invest NI review of the electronics sector last year highlighted a commonality of concern across a number of issues such as marketing and human resource management. In addition, it identified a desire to network, share practical experience and increase competitiveness, as well as a readiness to explore new product and market opportunities.

Keynote speaker at the seminar was Jim Tully, Vice President and Chief of Research at Gartner Research, who provided an insight on the dynamics of the global electronics industry over the next five years. He was followed by a number of speakers from the further and higher education sector and local industry who covered a diverse range of topics and identified where companies could find practical help from local sources. Afternoon workshops
were also held to provide delegates with more in depth and detailed discussion opportunities.

Speaking at the forum, Leslie Morrison, Chief Executive of Invest NI said: “This is a diverse and important sector which could make a significant additional contribution to the local economy. This forum will provide an opportunity for the electronics sector to improve cohesion and communication across its wide range of companies.”
A series of Electronics Forum Breakfast Seminars, coordinated by Invest NI, will take place over the next twelve months focusing on specific areas including trade opportunities, HR matters, product development, outsourcing and environmental issues.

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