Dungannon manufacturer wins InterTradeIreland innovation award

  • Northern Ireland based manufacturer Woodmarque has won an Irish innovation award for its green tech work on recycling waste wood.

    InterTradeIreland takes an all-island approach to boosting the local economy, with its schemes open to businesses in Northern Ireland. Dungannon-based specialist joiner and manufacturer Woodmarque is one of the latest companies to gain support through InterTradeIreland, having now been awarded Exemplar status for innovation.

    The award shines a light on exceptional innovations and collaborations between local companies and academic institutions through InterTradeIreland’s Innovation Boost programme. Woodmarque was the only business from Northern Ireland to receive this accreditation, the other four being in Ireland.

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    The company worked with graduate Sean McKenna and the University of Limerick on a green tech project finding uses for the firm's wood waste. Alan Morrow, Assistant Director for InterTradeIreland commented: "Woodmarque’s success is a great example of what the Innovation Boost programme is about - giving firms the tools to boost their business though innovative collaboration."

    Managing Director Ronan Quinn commented: "This is the first time we have ever worked with someone in academia. It’s been eye opening, in terms of applying innovative research to industry. It brings together the best of both skill sets and helps take an idea and actually turn it into reality."

    Source: Written based on press release

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