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DkIT Engineering Have Been Awarded Exemplar Status By InterTradeIreland

02 February 2017

Two projects developed and supported by School of Engineering staff at DkIT have been awarded exemplar status by Intertrade Ireland. These projects were supported under the Fusion programme which links industry and academia across the border. These national awards are a significant achievement and to win two is a great indication of the drive and capacity of the staff in the school and in particular of the efforts of the two staff concerned Dr Fergal O’Rourke and Mr Paul Durcan.

The winning companies include:

Engineering company, Tyrone Fabrication (Ltd), based in Ballygawley, produces a wide range of advanced steel equipment enclosures for the transportation, communications and power supply industries, was one of five SMEs recognised by InterTradeIreland at an event held in Carton House in Maynooth. The other companies acknowledged were Copper Industries, Toomebridge; Novegen Ltd, Dublin; Complete Laboratory Solutions , Galway; and Aspira from Cork.  

Copper Industries, based in Toomebridge is a a manufacturer and supplier of hot water cylinders, calorifiers and combination units, was one of five SMEs recognised by InterTradeIreland at an event held in Carton House in Maynooth. The other companies acknowledged were Tyrone Fabrication, Ballygawley; Novegen Ltd, Dublin; Complete Laboratory Solutions, Galway; and Aspira Ltd from Cork.  


The two companies are among five companies to receive the expemplar status award. Between them, the five companies have reported sales of more than £1.5M and savings of over £65,000 during their FUSION projects, with projected sales of upwards of £5.75M and savings of £466,000, over the next three years.

InterTradeIreland’s technology transfer and innovation programme, FUSION, partners companies north and south with a third-level institution and provides them with the specialist expertise of a high calibre graduate, who works directly in the organisation, to deliver a new product or process improvement project. Through FUSION, Tyrone Fabrications employed graduate, Dominic Mullins and benefitted from the services and support of Dundalk Institute of Technology.  The collaboration enabled the development of a range of Hybrid Power Units, aimed at providing a constant power supply to telecoms base stations, especially in remote locations.  

Speaking at the event, Margaret Hearty, director of programmes and services for InterTradeIreland, said:  “These ambitious SMEs are a testament of what can be achieved through enterprise and innovation and North South collaboration. It is important that we recognise their success, which we hope, in turn, will encourage other SMEs to participate in the FUSION programme to improve their productivity, increase their revenue potential and to create real jobs for graduates. I am delighted to congratulate all of our Exemplars on their achievements and I wish them every success in the future.”

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