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 Inc 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. For an overview of recent NW CAM activity read our NW CAM Ezine here. 

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.

Research Projects

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.

    Case Study

    Nu Print Technology & James Watt Nanofabrication Centre at University of Glasgow

    The research focuses on Painted Conductive Ink Technology; the printing of electronic circuitry on flexible labels to provide interactive labelling. This leading-edge project will be especially useful in hospitals where patient wrist labels could contain information on medication that can be checked to ensure the correct medicine is being prescribed and taken by the patient. It can also be used in food safety, as illustrated in this recent TechWatch article.


    For outputs of NW CAM to benefit as many people as possible we will be hosting appropriate academic papers, journal articles and conference papers in an open access format; available articles of interest are:

    Paper: Developing a plant electrical energy model from historic batch scheduling data 

    Publication: Proceedings of IMC35, Dublin Institute of Technology, June 2018

    Authors: Konrad Mulrennan, John Donovan, Russell Macpherson and David Tormey

    Paper: Developments in Large Scale Additive Manufacture

    Publication: Proceedings of IMC35, Dublin Institute of Technology, June 2018

    Authors: Richard Ward, Shaun Mc Fadden, Justin Quinn 

    Paper: A Review of Powder Bed Fusion for Additively Manufactured

    Publication: Proceedings of IMC35, Dublin Institute of Technology, June 2018

    Authors: Ryan Harkin, Justin Quinn, Shaun McFadden 

    Paper: A Review of Thermal Modelling for Metal Additive Manufacturing Processes 

    Publication: Proceedings of IMC35, Dublin Institute of Technology, June 2018

    Authors: Anna Harley, Justin Quinn and Shaun Mc Fadden

    “Advanced manufacturing is the future and in our economy we need more globally competitive products and processes. NW CAM enables industry to collaborate with academia at an earlier stage while minimising their risk. The opportunity to be at the leading edge of this research will improve their competitiveness as well as the potential to create more high value jobs in the Knowledge Economy – which has a benefit for the economies of the three jurisdictions.”
    Norman Apsley OBE, Catalyst Inc CEO

    Get in touch

    Our NW CAM team based at Catalyst Inc would be happy to help with any enquiries you may have. Email nwcam@catalyst-inc.org

    #NWCAM @CatalystIncHQ

    Research Partners

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    Glasgow Uni
    Lyit Informal
    It Sligo

    Industry Partners

    Armstrong Medical
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    Associate Partner

    Exhibitor Derryand Strabane
    NW CAM Team

    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

    Chris McAfee

    Catalyst Inc