The PEM Technology Gateway is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Union through the 
ERDF Northern & Western Regional Programme 2021-2027


North West Centre for Advanced Manufacturing.


The Northwest Centre for Advanced Manufacturing (NWCAM) was funded (€8.7m) by SEUPB Interreg VA with IT (Institute of Technology) Sligo's PEM (Precision Engineering & Manufacturing) Research Centre receiving approximately €1m in research funding.

The overall programme funded 11 Postdocs and 13 PhDs for 9 industry projects. ATU Sligo has recruited 2 postdocs and 2 PhDs for Industrial research projects involving Abbott and GSK in Sligo, however, ATU Sligo also had co-supervisory PhD commitments across the other PhD projects . The primary objective of the programme was to underpin academic collaboration across the Interreg VA regions with focus on supporting enterprise R&D requirements within the respective regions. There were 4 thematic areas for the project,

  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Advanced Polymer products
  • Nano-Manufacturing
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The NWCAM objectiveS were to:

  • 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.

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The PEM Research Centre led out the Sustainable Manufacturing theme butalso had involvement across the other project areas . The project partners include Catalyst, IT Sligo, University of Ulster, LyIT (Letterkenny Institute of Technology), and University of Glasgow, Derry City and Strabane District Council.

For more information about NWCAM please click here

This Project ended in May 2022.


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