Antrim and Newtownabbey Council has joined a delegation in Leeds to promote the incredible opportunities offered by the development of the landmark Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre (AMIC).
Part of the £1 billion Belfast Region City Deal investment, AMIC will see the creation of a ‘factory of the future’ at Global Point Business Park in Newtownabbey. Led by Queen’s University, the AMIC project will be the first of its kind in Northern Ireland, offering advanced manufacturing and engineering businesses access to the very latest technology, specialist equipment and expertise.
The Council will contribute £10m to the total £100m cost of the project, with the remainder coming from the City Deal.
Representatives from the Council had the opportunity this week to promote the flagship project at the annual UK Real Estate Income and Impact Forum (UKReiiF), a three-day exhibition event in Leeds.
Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Billy Webb said: “AMIC will help us to level the playing field in relation to R&D investment and give our companies access to expertise and funding channels on their doorstep, which can accelerate their progression and growth plans.
“The Council is ambitious for the future and believe AMIC will put Newtownabbey on the national map of advanced manufacturing capabilities.
“AMIC is creating confidence and sparking interest amongst partners, particularly in the private sector who can now see where the facility will fit in the innovation ecosystem and importantly how it can assist them to achieve their future goals.”
Occupying a site adjacent to the well-established RLC facility at Global Point, AMIC will also be joined by Sensata Technologies and Ardagh, both set to make multi-million-pound investments on the site – creating an industrial and research and development hub in the borough.
Deputy Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Stephen Ross added: “These companies have made strategic decisions about their future location and undoubtedly see the opportunities that AMIC presents. The investment made by these companies alone will exceed £300 million, creating hundreds of direct jobs and training opportunities and supply chain opportunities for the region.
“But that’s not where the story ends – AMIC will also be an invaluable asset for companies located in neighbouring Council areas and further afield, helping Northern Ireland on our journey to becoming a more competitive, regionally inclusive and more sustainable economy.”