Development & Alumni Relations Office 


18 February 2019

Expertise within Queen’s Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences will continue to play a transformational role in driving innovation and efficiencies in the global advanced manufacturing sector.

That was the message to visitors to the Northern Ireland Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in mid-February where the University displayed the work it has been undertaking with industry and the potential for further collaboration in the future.

The aim of the conference was to showcase new approaches and technology that have created significant organisational and process improvements and to disseminate the cutting edge research that underpins them.

Experts from a number of University centres including the Northern Ireland Technology Centre, the Centre for Intelligent Autonomous Manufacturing Systems and the Polymer Processing Research Centre attended the conference.

Also participating were staff from the NI Advanced Composites and Engineering Centre, the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre and the Institute for Global Food Security.

Representatives from a number of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships were also present at the show, which included some of the biggest names in the manufacturing world.

Professor Mark Price, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Faculty (pictured right), said: “Queen’s has played a big part in advancing technologies in the global manufacturing sector for many years, not just by supplying high quality talent but by working closely with companies in Northern Ireland and around the world.

“It is great to be here at the centre of the conference to show industry how able and willing we are to help them thrive.”

Colm Higgins, Head of the Northern Ireland Technology Centre at Queen’s (pictured centre), said: “We are proud to work with some of the most progressive manufacturing and engineering companies in the world and will continue to innovate in the work we do to give them a competitive edge.

“This conference is a great showcase for how we can help industry and also gives us a chance to showcase some of the supply companies we work with.”

Queen’s also hosted a number of global technology companies – involved in everything from robotics to CNC, metrology to R&D tax advice – at the stand.

They included: Kingsburys, Mills CNC, Bauromat (UK) Ltd., ASM Chartered Accountants, KUKA Robotics UK, FAST Technologies, Staubli Robotics, Grob, Machine Tools UK LTD and Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence.

Media enquiries to Jemma Greenlees at Queen’s University Communications Office, telephone: +44 (0)28 9097 3087.

Pictured above are (L-R): Claire McAlinden, Director of Operations, Faculty Engineering and Physical Sciences; Colm Higgins Head of the NI Technology Centre and Professor Mark Price, Pro-Vice-Chancellor.


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