ADS Northern Ireland (NI) represents the Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space industries in the region.  ADS NI has been growing rapidly and has over 100 Member companies contributing over £1.9bn per year to the NI economy.  The goal is to grow and ensure the continued success of vital industries in Northern Ireland.

ADS works closely with InvestNI, driving the sector strategy Northern Ireland Partnering for Growth and has six working groups focusing on Sales, Skills, R&D, Supply Chain, Defence & Security and the Space sectors. ADS provides many services to help Member companies, including market awareness, events, missions, trade shows and business development support.

ADS Northern Ireland facts & figures 2023

From technology and exports to apprenticeships and investment, ADS sectors are vital to Northern Ireland’s growth. On track to achieve a target revenue of £2bn per year by 2024, our sectors are highly prosperous, with an estimate of £1.9bn revenue in 2022. View our full Northern Ireland Facts & figures 2023.

Northern Ireland – engineering powerhouse

Northern Ireland is home to a powerhouse of advanced engineering companies, a leader in quality and performance and a trusted supply chain.


Video case studies

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The team

Leslie Orr – Director, ADS Northern Ireland

Leslie manages the ADS Northern Ireland Office to serve the interests of members in the region.  He has over 30 years industrial experience.

Gary Kerr – Business Development Manager, ADS Northern Ireland

Gary joined ADS in October 2023.  Gary has both industry and government experience. He is working as part of a national business development team to support ADS NI Members.

Lisa Losty – Membership and Events Coordinator, ADS Northern Ireland

Lisa joined ADS in March 2020 as ADS NI Administrator.

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Council members

  • Angoka
  • ASM Chartered Accountants
  • Causeway Aero Group Ltd
  • Collins Aerospace
  • Datum Design
  • Denroy Plastics Ltd
  • Kx Systems
  • Magellan Aerospace (UK) Limited
  • Morson Projects Limited
  • Moyola Precision Engineering
  • Queen’s University Belfast
  • RLC Engineering Group
  • Spirit AeroSystems Ltd
  • Survitec Group Ltd
  • Thales UK
  • The Nacelle Group
  • Thompson Aero Seating Limited
  • Ulster University