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Ulster research groups in the fields of Advanced Future Materials & Manufacturing have had a long-term and fruitful engagement with major industries such as Bombardier; Caterpillar (FG Wilson), Denroy, Rolls Royce, Seagate and among others.

This has resulted in new patented technologies, significant cost/performance improvement in manufacturing, the delivery of on-site industrial training, the formation of spin-out companies and the establishment of the £6m N. Ireland Advanced Composites and Engineering Centre (followed by a BIS-INI £5m NIACCE Competence Centre).

In particular, Ulster research has been at the heart of patented processes which underpin commercial narrow body aircraft market worth $43billion per annum globally.