Revolutionising Manufacturing: Work Commences on the Factory of the Future

In a historic moment that promises to reshape Northern Ireland’s manufacturing landscape, work has begun on the construction of the Factory of the Future in Newtownabbey. This marks a pivotal step towards long-term economic development and innovation for the region.

John Irwin, Managing Director at Kiverco and Chair of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre Industry Board (AMIC), stated, “This ambitious project is set to revolutionise manufacturing for future generations”.

The Factory of the Future represents more than just a physical structure; it embodies a vision for harnessing cutting-edge technology and expertise to address real-world challenges in manufacturing. Focused on advancing manufacturing skills and showcasing tangible solutions, this facility will serve as a beacon of innovation and collaboration.

John shared his enthusiasm for the project and the opportunities it presents for Northern Ireland’s manufacturing sector, stating, “The manufacturing sector in Northern Ireland is really excited about what opportunities the AMIC centre, The Factory Of The Future can bring. I think there are many opportunities that will be supported by the technology that’s available underpinned by the experience and capability of AMIC staff. Digital Factory and SMART Design are particularly relevant to helping Kiverco deliver future strategic objectives.

Joining the celebration were distinguished guests, including US Special Envoy to NI for Economic Affairs Joe Kennedy III, Queen’s University Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Ian Greer, and Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Councillor Neil Kelly. Their presence underscores the collaborative effort between industry, government, and academia in driving forward this ambitious project.

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