Northern Ireland has a strong tradition of manufacturing and engineering in the transport sector, particularly in aircraft, ship and bus production. In recent years the sector has placed a greater emphasis on advanced engineering, specifically innovation, design and development. This is because cheaper international labour costs mean local companies cannot compete in manufacturing. However, NI companies continue to develop their advanced engineering skills and capabilities
Northern Ireland has a diverse and vibrant advanced manufacturing and engineering sector with experience spanning across aerospace & defence, automotive, construction, materials handling, electronics and consumer products. Within these sectors the region has a world-class reputation for its strengths in plastics and polymers, composites design and manufacturing, precision manufacturing, design and stress modelling, and aircraft seating and interiors.
Manufacturing within Northern Ireland has grown almost three times faster than the rest of the UK and employment in manufacturing accounts for 11% of employment in Northern Ireland.
The region is home to a diverse range of indigenous and international companies, engaged in the full range of activities from R&D through new product development to manufacturing. A strong focus on R&D investment and commitment to product & process and design & development ensures the sector continues to grow and experience success.
Grafton Recruitment Specialist Engineering Division has experienced a strong 2018 with successful placements in Maintenance Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Field Service and Engineering Management positions. We envisage further success in the remainder of this year and 2019 as we continue to invest in people to service this industry, an area of main capital investment where skilled people are in high demand.