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Spirit AeroSystems

Spirit AeroSystems is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of aerostructures for commercial airplanes, defence platforms, and business/regional jets. With expertise in aluminium and advanced composite manufacturing solutions, the company’s core products include fuselages, integrated wings and wing components, pylons, and nacelles.  Spirit also serves the aftermarket for commercial and business/regional jets and is headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, with further facilities in the U.S., U.K., France, Malaysia and Morocco.

Spirit, Belfast comprises engineering, manufacturing and MRO facilities, all of which have extensive capabilities in advanced composites.  The fully integrated wings for the Airbus A220 commercial aircraft family and the horizontal stabiliser for the Global 7500 business jet are produced in Belfast using its award-winning, Resin Transfer Infusion technology.  The site’s support of cleaner transport solutions includes the development of fixed composite wings for the fully electric CityAirbus NextGen prototype and the application of aerospace composite technologies to the Belfast Maritime Consortium’s zero-emission, passenger-ferry project.

Spirit, Belfast is an industrial partner in the Northern Ireland Advanced Composites and Engineering Centre (NIACE), which is part of the Belfast City Deal’s Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Centre.

Artemis Technologies

Artemis Technologies has developed a new approach to maritime design using lightweight composite structures and digital twin technology. Powered by the patented Artemis eFoiler® electric propulsion system, our vessels provide commercially-viable green transport solutions and attractive benefits including unparalleled comfort, significant OPEX savings and minimal wake production. Current vessel ranges include: Artemis EF-12 Workboat, the world’s first commercially viable electric foiling workboat, Artemis EF-12 CTV, Artemis EF-12 Water Taxi LUX and the Artemis EF-24 Passenger, a 100% electric 150 passenger ferry.


The Northern Ireland Advanced Composites and Engineering Centre (NIACE) serves as a prominent technology hub dedicated to advancing engineering and materials technologies across diverse industrial sectors. With a vision to become a global knowledge hub, NIACE focuses on collaborative research and technological advancements to deliver innovative solutions for industry.

Established in January 2012, NIACE operates from cutting-edge, purpose-built facilities in Belfast. It boasts a strong network of companies spanning sectors such as Aerospace, Automotive, Defence, Environmental, and Marine. In addition, NIACE collaborates with two esteemed university partners, Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University, to conduct joint research with the participating companies within the facility. This collaborative approach facilitates the development of ground-breaking solutions and fosters industry-academia cooperation.

Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) is a member of the UK Russell Group (RG) universities, known for its exceptional track record in intellectual property commercialisation. It has supported over 70 spin-out companies, making it the rank 1st entrepreneurial university in the UK in 2019 and 2020.

QUB ranks joint eighth in the UK for research intensity and has a history of conducting impactful research that positively impacts lives. It houses advanced facilities, including the Composite Manufacture and Testing Lab, Polymer Processing Research Centre (PPRC), and Northern Ireland Technology Centre (NITC), renowned for high-impact research in composite materials.

Collaborations with industry leaders in composite manufacture and composite technology centres such as the Northern Ireland Advanced Composite Engineering (NIACE) Centre, have bolstered QUB’s position as a centre for high-impact research in composite materials. Additionally, QUB plays a pivotal role in leading the £98 million flagship Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre (AMIC), working towards strengthening Northern Ireland’s industrial potential supported by fundamental research in academia.









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