Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering

Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) is a large and dynamic sector in the Mid & East Antrim economy and one which is a key priority given the highly skilled, high wage profile of the sector.

44,044 jobs in MEA with 7,359 people employed within the manufacturing sector. 17% of the population is employed in manufacturing, making MEA the 3rd highest in NI. GVA 2018 was £844m, making it 40.1% of total GVA. Also, 1,455 females are employed in the manufacturing sector.

This is a sector which is now facing new horizons, driven by a multitude of factors. It is growing exponentially, due to technological innovation and evolving customer behaviour, regulatory changes and a turbulent global landscape, requiring businesses to innovate with ever-increasing speed. With the advent of ‘Industry 4.0’, we are positioning ourselves as a global centre of excellence for AME.

Advanced manufacturing happening within Ryobi, which is situated in Mid and East Antrim

We have been successful in locating several new companies to the Borough, including, Alexander Dennis Ltd, who have set up a 30-person satellite facility in Ballymena.

Key Players

Advanced Sensors. Dontaur, Pollock Lifts, PAC Group, IPC Mouldings, Nampack Plastics, Wrightbus, Caterpillar, GES Group, Yelo, Alexander Dinnis & Ryobi logosWhy Mid & East Antrim?

Mid and East Antrim has a strong asset base in the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering sector with several global companies based in the area supported by a robust supply chain of smaller SMEs. We enjoy a positive relationship with both Queen’s University, Belfast and Ulster University in relation to research, development and innovation.

Working with companies through the MTF, Mid & East Antrim Borough Council is developing programmes to:

  • Enhance productivity by embracing Lean and/or Six Sigma principles and investigating in new ways of working and by investing in capital equipment and automation
  • Develop innovative capabilities and capacities
  • Invest in upskilling or reskilling employees
  • Seek out and establish new partnerships and collaborative working partnerships
  • Invest in supply chain digitisation to better connect with customers, suppliers and partners to drive efficiency and
  • Identify ways in which to improve energy efficiency.

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