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Creating globally competitive products and processes through Advanced Manufacturing research


The North West Centre for Advanced Manufacturing (NW CAM) is a new trans-regional centre for the research and development of innovative solutions and is funded by the EU’s INTERREG VA Programmes for €8.7m which is managed by the SEUPB. Catalyst is the lead partner in the delivery of the project.

NW CAM links the academic capabilities of Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and West coast of Scotland to develop and deliver, in partnership with industry partners, 15 world leading research projects within the Life and Health Science sector. The collaborative research projects have the potential to deliver global products and processes that can be licensed throughout the world.

The 15 individual Research & Innovation projects span the following Advanced Manufacturing areas:

  • Nano-manufacturing
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Advanced Polymer Products
  • Sustainable Manufacturing

The projects are lead by investigators who are world leaders in their respective fields and delivered by 13 post-doctoral researchers and 13 PhD students that are creating innovative solutions for the challenges faced by the industrial partners. The students will dedicate their course of study to these problems and will be intensively trained to become our innovators of tomorrow.

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NW CAM Objectives

  • Increase the level of cross-border collaboration throughout the region eligible for Interreg funding (NI, ROI & West Scotland), focused on Research & Innovation (R&I) for Advanced Manufacturing.
  • Increase the number of Life & Health Sciences sector companies engaged in commercially driven, cross-border Advanced Manufacturing R&I;
  • Further develop the regional economy through the development of new products and/or processes within the Life & Health Sciences Sector; developed as a result of the application of Advanced Manufacturing technologies;
  • Increase the awareness of the potential of Advanced Manufacturing as an enabling technology within the Life & Health Sciences Sector and other sectors key to the Region’s current and future economic success.


Professor Eileen Harkin-Jones

Ulster University

Professor Steve Beaumont

University of Glasgow

Dr David Tormey

Institute of Technology Sligo

Dr Justin Quinn

Ulster University

Dr Jim Morrison

Letterkenny Institute of Technology

Philip Maguire

Catalyst Inc

Dr Joanne Stuart

Catalyst Inc

John Carew

Catalyst Inc

Claire McCafferty

Catalyst Inc

Dr Oonagh Lynch

Catalyst Inc

Darren Ross

Catalyst Inc

Knowledge Sharing


Our NW CAM team based at Catalyst would be happy to help with any enquiries you may have.