Catalyst Ballymena hosts NWCAM Conference

  • Almost 40 researchers, academics and industry partners shared their collective insights at the recent NWCAM Advanced Manufacturing: Transforming the Future of Life and Health Sciences conference. 

    Hosted by Catalyst Ballymena and sponsored by SEUPB, the hybrid event heard from Professor Alistair McIlhagger from Ulster University and keynote Andrew Lynch from Irish Manufacturing Research, who focused on Industry 4.0, cross border collaboration, green transition and digital skills of the future. 

    The event also provided the perfect showcase for the 16 research and innovation projects, which the research teams from Ulster University, University of Glasgow, Letterkenny Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Sligo have been working on for the past four years. 

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    The goal of the conference was to stimulate new research projects for continued innovation across all NWCAM partner companies in Northern Ireland, south of Ireland and Scotland such as GSK, Denroy and Clyde Biosciences. 

    Interim Innovation Broker, Claire McCafferty from NWCAM said: “NWCAM seeks to increase the level of cross-border collaboration across the region of applied Advanced Manufacturing and the synergies and relationships built over the four years were evident to see at our event.”

    Claire McCafferty also added: “Increasing the awareness of the potential of Advanced Manufacturing as an enabling technology is key to improving the region’s current and future economic success. Showcasing the research is one way to highlight the areas under investigation and the potential application of the research to improve industrial competitiveness.”

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    Established in 2017, NWCAM created an Advanced Manufacturing virtual cluster to combine collective and complementary strengths of its research partners. Focusing on four thematic areas NWCAM has been addressing industrial challenges within Advanced Polymers, Additive Manufacturing, Nano manufacturing and Sustainable Manufacturing. 

    Source: Written from press release.

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