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ELP Partner Companies 2012

Andor technology


Andor Technology plc. (Andor) is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland and operates at the high-value end of the global scientific digital camera market. Andor was setup in 1989 out of Queen's University in Belfast, and now employs over 300 people in 16 offices worldwide and distributes its products to 10,000 customers in 55 countries.

The founders of Andor, working in the Physics department of Queen's University, Belfast, found that the cameras then available were inadequate for their demanding applications, so developed their own. After using them in various imaging and spectroscopic applications they found they were being requested by researchers in other departments in Queen's and other universities. Andor was formed in 1989 to take advantage of these requirements.

The company has grown organically and through acquisition and is today the fastest growing company manufacturing high performance digital cameras. Andor Technology PLC was admitted to AIM on Friday 3rd December 2004 (the London Stock Exchange's Alternative Investment Market a global market for smaller, growing companies) and has commenced dealings in its Ordinary Shares.

The growth and success of Andor has been driven by our simple ethos of maintaining the company focus on the following factors:

Customer Focus: Andor believes the heart of our business is our customers; our success comes from the success of our customers.We constantly monitor customer feedback to look how we can improve the products we make or the service we can offer.If you have any suggestions please contact us with your feedback.

Innovation: Andor is never satisfied with the status quo and to ensure we can continue to offer the best products and services Andor continually strives for innovation. We have a long history of bringing innovation to the high performance camera market.

Teamwork: Andor views the team as the stakeholders of Andor which encompasses our customers, our Staff, our distributors and our suppliers and we believe that through better Teamwork we divide our task and multiply our success.

The largest Andor facility is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland which is a new, purpose-built 50,000sq. ft premises.The premises include state of the art optical, electronic and mechanical workshops, a 3000sq. ft clean room, vacuum and electronic processing facilities.Andor also maintains Sale and sales support facilities through out the world close to our customers..Andor has operated a quality management system since 1998 which currently complies with the requirements of BS EN ISO9001:2000 and has other accreditations including Investors in People and ISO14001 environmental compliance.

Placement location: Belfast

Travel: Potential travel to customer sites.

B/E Aerospace

B_E Aerospace  

B/E Aerospace is the worldwide leading manufacturer of aircraft passenger cabin interior products for the commercial and business jet aircraft markets. B/E Aerospace is also the leading global distributor of aerospace fasteners. B/E Aerospace has leading worldwide market shares in all of its major product lines and serves virtually all of the world's airlines, aircraft manufacturers and leasing companies through its direct global sales and customer support organizations. Founded in 1987, B/E Aerospace has evolved from a $3 million company to over $2.5 billion in revenue today making it the world’s leading manufacturer of aircraft interior products and solutions for the commercial, business jet, and military markets, and the world's leading distributor of aerospace fasteners and consumables.

The Kilkeel facility manufacturers seating for commercial aircraft globally and our customer base includes airlines, leasing companies and OEM’s. At B/E, your talent, ideas and experience will be valued and nurtured, providing an exceptional opportunity to discover how far your potential can take you.

Placement location: Kilkeel, Co Down, Northern Ireland. Dependent on projects and area of work, there is potential to visit our headquarters in the USA.

Dale farm

Dale Farm  

Dale Farm is a leading dairy processing business with operations throughout the UK and Ireland producing and distributing a wide range of dairy products which it sells across the UK and Ireland as well as exporting to over 45 countries world wide.

The company is the largest indigenous food company in Northern Ireland and has five world-class centres of excellence throughout the UK – Dunmanbridge near Cookstown (cheese and whey products), Pennybridge near Ballymena, (fresh milk, cream and juice products), Dromona near Cullybackey (butter and dairy spreads), Rowan Glen in Newton Stewart, Scotland just south of Stranraer (yogurt and Probiotic drinks) and Kendal in the Lake District Cumbria (yogurts, desserts and cottage cheese).

Dale Farm is in the middle of a major investment programme over £50 million spend on creating state of the art facilities which includes the very latest nano-filtration technology, process automation and high speed packing and materials handling equipment. The company has a large technical centre in Pennybridge for process and product innovation.

The Group’s consumer brands – Dale Farm, Spelga, Dromona, Rowan Glen and Loseley encompass every dairy need from milk, cream, cheese, butter, and dairy spreads to yogurts, Probiotic drinks, ice-cream and desserts and are synonymous with natural, wholesome and quality dairy goodness. Dale Farm Ingredients is a major player in both the European and overseas dairy export markets including China, Middle East, Russia and Japan. Dale Farm Ingredients continues to gain vital market share within the value-added whey protein and lactose markets.

Placement location: The placements will mainly be at the Dunmanbridge plant in Cookstown where the company has a major presence and has ambitious plans to develop new plants for pharmaceutical and infant nutrition ingredients. Placement students will have the opportunity to travel and work at the other company sites and visit equipment suppliers in the US and Europe.

Dow Chemicals

Dow Chemicals   

Dow combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2011, Dow had annual sales of $60 billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 197 sites in 36 countries across the globe.

Dow people around the world develop solutions for society based on Dow's inherent strength in science and technology. For over two decades — we have embraced and advocated Responsible Care® — a voluntary industry-wide commitment to safely handle our chemicals from inception in the laboratory to ultimate disposal. This worldwide commitment helps consumers lead better lives, customers succeed, stockholders prosper, employees achieve and communities thrive.

Placement location: Belfast



We are a science-led global healthcare company

We have a challenging and inspiring mission: to improve the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. This mission gives us the purpose to develop innovative medicines and products that help millions of people around the world.

Headquartered in the UK, we are a global organisation with offices in over 100 countries and major research centres in the UK, USA, Spain, Belgium and China.
But being a leader brings responsibility. This means that we care about the impact that we have on the people and places touched by our mission to improve health around the world.

It also means that we must help developing countries where debilitating disease affects millions of people and access to life-changing medicines and vaccines is a problem. To meet this challenge, we are committed to providing discounted medicines where they are needed the most.

We are one of the few healthcare companies researching both medicines and vaccines for the World Health Organization’s three priority diseases – HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, and are very proud to have developed some of the leading global medicines in these fields.

We produce medicines that treat major disease areas such as asthma, anti-virals, infections, mental health, diabetes, cardiovascular and digestive conditions. In addition, we are a leader in the important area of vaccines and are developing new treatments for cancer.

Placement location: UK/Ireland

Glen Dimplex

Glen Dimplex    

Founded in 1973, Glen Dimplex is a leading international group, with annual revenues in excess of two billion euro and over ten thousand employees across four continents.

Glen Dimplex is the world's largest manufacturer of electrical heating, and also holds significant global market positions in domestic appliances, cooling, ventilation, and renewable energy solutions.

Over half a century we have built a solid global business reputation, and our customers have come to trust in our brands, our products, and our people.

Today we are at the vanguard of a low carbon revolution, with an unrivalled range of solutions in space and water heating, cooling, ventilation and heat recovery.

Across the world these innovative low carbon systems enable our customers to reduce CO2 emissions and eliminate cost.

With our dynamic portfolio of leading brands and low carbon technologies the Glen Dimplex Group is strategically positioned to meet the market challenges of tomorrow.

Placement location: The placement location will be Portadown, with occasional travel to Newry/Dunleer and our facilities in GB and Europe.



Kingspan Group is a leading manufacturer of a range of sustainable products for the construction industry. The Group's principal activities comprise the manufacture of insulated panels, rigid insulation boards, raised access floors, steel frame and timber frame off-site solutions, environmental and renewable fuel & water storage solutions and hot water systems.

The Group's business model is to focus on higher growth and energy sensitive segments of the building industry. Innovation is the key to growth and Kingspan is aware of the importance of research and development to support market leading results. The core energy conservation qualities of many of the Group's products demonstrate Kingspan's ability to relentlessly convert specifiers and end-users from traditional and less effective materials towards more modern solutions.

The enormity of climate change, and its accelerating implications, continues to gain much greater exposure than at any stage in the past. With that comes a very evident shift in demand for all solutions that will contribute to an easing of these pressures over the medium to long term. Buildings, be they residential, commercial or manufacturing account for in excess of 40% of carbon emissions globally. Recognising this, Kingspan has, and continues to, innovate and deliver solutions today that will dramatically reduce the need for energy tomorrow, and provide compelling economic payback.

Becoming the first in the world to develop the Zero Carbon home, which in itself meets the 2016 standards as outlined in the Code for Sustainable Homes, is the latest example of this innovation. This code envisages much higher insulation standards, rainwater recovery, use of renewables such as solar hot water and power generation, all products currently in the Kingspan suite.

Placement location: Portadown with opportunities to travel to sites in the UK and ROI.

Schrader electronics


Schrader Electronics, headquartered in Antrim, Northern Ireland, manufactures automotive and industrial electronics and is market leader in the design and manufacture of tyre pressure monitoring systems. An innovative, creative and ambitious organisation, Schrader Electronics has used its expertise and experience to bring to the market pioneering products like its new Urea Level and Quality Sensor.

Employing over 1000 people worldwide, the Company has World Class manufacturing facilities in Antrim, Carrick and Tennessee and a high tech R&D Centre located along side its Head Office facility. Schrader Electronics Ltd is part of Schrader International.
With a turnover of over £100m, the Company has been a local success story, growing from a privately owned design house in 1988 to a leading supplier in the automotive industry today, having quadrupled its turnover over the past 5 years.

Schrader’s ambitious growth plans mark another exciting chapter in its continuing success as the company seeks to grow TPMS turnover to over £500m with anticipated legislation driving demand across the European and Asian marketplace over the next 5 years.

Supporting its growth in sales are Regional centres across the US, Europe and Asia
Schrader’s customers worldwide includes an extensive list of the world’s leading car makers: Mercedes, Renault, Peugeot, General Motors, Chrysler, Nissan, Ford and Volvo and more recently the Company won a business award to supply Indian auto makers Mahindra Mahindra with its latest Snap In sensing technology. Schrader Electronics has also been awarded the first global Motor Cycle contract for OE supply of TPMS with BMW.

With it is strategy of innovation, world-class manufacturing and customer service, Schrader continues to invest in R&D and state of the art electronic production equipment.

“We already invest heavily in R&D, it is vital to our continuing success. In fact, we devote around seven per cent of revenue to help ensure that we continue to focus on the next generation of our core lines and to make sure that we keep evolving and expanding into new areas. We want to have innovation at the heart of our business, through both our R&D centre and manufacturing development team.” Stephen McClelland, Managing Director

Placement location: Antrim. Travel to Carrick site will be required to support product testing with the possibility of support trips to England/Europe (depending on business needs).