irlResponsible: Patrick O Connor
Irish Centre for Business Excellence
National Contact Point:
Tel. 00 353 61 371756/00 353 21 4871858

1 – General Information

TP Name

Irish National Manufacturing Technology Platform


Contact person (coordinator)

Patrick O Connor
Tel: 00 353 61 503075

2 – Coordinating institution

Irish Centre for Business Excellence
Technology Park,

3 – Technical objectives

– To promote continuous improvement in the quality of products and services provided by Irish organisations.
– To help the transformation of Irish industry into a high value, knowledge based sector capable of competing successfully in the global marketplace
– To achieve success for our members by assisting them move up the value added chain using best practice to ensure global competitiveness.
– To operate as a network to facilitate learning through freely sharing of knowledge, cutting edge practices and benchmarking
– To integrate, coordinate and synchronise research towards improving manufacturing practices in competitive technologies, products, methods and processes applied in Irish enterprises to achieve the highest added value.

4 – Relevance to nation economy

Manufacturing and international services will remain very significant drivers of economic growth in Ireland in the future. Science, technology and innovation are vital to Ireland’s economic success and social progress. High levels of investment in research and innovation are essential for economic competitiveness and enhancing the country’s research capabilities as well as achieving transformational change in company attitudes to R&D are required if the target of growing BERD to 2.5 Billion euro by 2013 is to be achieved.

5 – Sectors within the TP

– ICT – for manufacturing, processes and computers
– FoodAgriculture/Pharma/Bio – food and beverages, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biotechnology
– Transport – Aeronautical/Aerospace products
– Health
– Environment
– Marine
– Energy

6 – ManuFuture pillars tackled by the TP

– New, added-value products and services: Yes
– New business models: Yes
– New advanced industrial engineering: Yes
– New emerging manufacturing science and technologies: Yes
– Transformation of existing R&D and education infrastructure to support world-class manufacturing: Yes

7 – Research & Development activities

– Competitiveness
– R&D/New Product and Service Development
– Organisational Development and Inter-Business Collaboration
– Developing the Extended and Virtual Enterprise
– Regulation and Sustainable Development

Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) YES

8 – Stake holders

– 50 Companies from the sectors mentioned above
– Networks representing the SME sector – ISME, SNS, SFA etc.
– Institutes and Research Centres – ERC etc
– Centres of Advanced Technologies
– Chambers of Commerce
– Universities and Institutes of Technology

Interaction with global companies:
– Intel, IBM, Analog Devices, EMC
– Boston Scientific, Tyco, Medtronics, Oral B
– Johnson & Johnson, IVAX, Pfizers
– Hewlett Packard, Dell,
– Kerry Group, Diageo, Wyeth
– Bausch & Lomb, Vistakon, Honeywell
– Siemens, Shannon Aerospace, Bombardier

9 – Geographical localization (map, localization of participants):

Global companies located in Ireland include:
– Intel, IBM, Analog Devices, EMC
– Boston Scientific, Tyco, Medtronics, Oral B
– Johnson & Johnson, IVAX, Pfizers
– Hewlett Packard, Dell,
– Kerry Group, Diageo, Wyeth
– Bausch & Lomb, Vistakon, Honeywell
– Siemens, Shannon Aerospace, Bombardier
SME companies located in Ireland
The SME sector will be represented both individually and through their representative organizations as appropriate

10 – Interactions with other NRTPs

An organisation has been formed consisting of all national and regional technology platforms and this will meet on a regular basis to ensure that good communication links are established throughout Europe

11 – Special national programmes

– Software Engineering & Artificial Intelligence
– Knowledge and Web Based Systems
– Networking and Communication Systems
– Information Systems
– Computer Modelling & Visualisation
– Nanotechnology
– Transmission Systems
– Photonics
– Advanced Manufacturing
– Storage
– IC Research/Semiconductors

– Sensors/Devices
– Neurosciences
– Microbiology
– Immunology
– Cell Biology/Cycle/Apoptosis
– Bioinformatics/Systems Biology
– Agri-foods
– Ecology,
– Civil Engineering,
– Probability and Statistics,
– Genetics,
– Astronomy,
– Biochem,
– Biomed,
– Chemistry,
– Computer Science,
– Physics.
– Agriculture and Food
– Health
– Environment
– Marine
– Energy

12 – Funding instruments

Various regional, national and international funding mechanism are used to fund research
Individual company funding