APT Solutions

APT is providing solutions for companies using plastic materials accross the medical, composite, recycling and pharmaceutical sectors.


Harvard Scholar Appointed New Director of MRI

Dr Declan Devine is a graduate of the Polymer Engineering programme at AIT. Following completion of his PhD studies at Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), he gained international research experience as a senior researcher at the AO Research Institute in Switzerland, after which he completed a prestigious Marie Curie Research fellowship at Harvard University’s Center for Advanced Orthopaedic Studies. Dr Devine steps into the position vacated by Professor Clement Higginbotham who stepped down from the post in mid-2015 to focus more on his...

Upcoming Industry Open Day on Wednesday 28th of October

Athlone I.T & APT will hold a Free industry Open Day on Wednesday the 28th of October This special half day event will have speakers from Mergon International, Fanuc, JL Goor, First Polymer Training  and others discussing future trend for the industry in Ireland. The event is free to attend and promises to be an excellent networking opportunity with companies such as Meusburger and JL Goor exhibiting on the day. Registration is required for catering purposes. Register Here  

Jim Hopkins Retires

After over thirty years service to the Athlone Institute of Technology and the Irish Plastics Industry, Jim Hopkins will retire from the Polymer Department at AIT this month (December 2015). Jim trained as a student in Athlone IT (or Athlone Regional Technical College as it was called back then) in plastics before holding a range of roles in the burgeoning Irish Plastics Industry. He returned to lecture in Athlone in 1978 when he was appointed Assistant Lecturer in Plastic Engineering. Over...

AIT To host Engineering Futures Event

AIT is to host an Engineering Futures Event in January 2016   The rapid pace of technological change, not to mention the plethora of programmes on the CAO, has meant that it can be challenging to fully comprehend engineering and IT career opportunities. Engineering and IT Futures – Career Opportunities and the CAO sets out to directly address the needs of Leaving Certificate students looking to make their college choices. This major engineering and IT careers event will feature industry…

Connect 2016 – Knowledge Transfer

Connect 2016 AIT is partnering with Maynooth University, IT Carlow and Waterford IT for the Connect 2016 event on the 5th of April in the Carton House Hotel. A one day event focusing on Knowledge transfer. The event is also facilitating the opportunity for attendance at partnership clinics covering topics such as research collaboration, consultancy services, student supported projects and incubation space. CONNECT Programme and Registration 2016

Polymer Seminar 2016

  The annual polymer seminar from the IOM promises to yet again deliver a fantastic opportunity to gain insight into the Irish Plastics Processing Sector and hear about the latest in cutting edge technologies from a diverse and influential group of speakers. The date for the conference has been set for Thursday the 21st of April at the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone and features speakers from Nypro, Mergon International, Clariant, KraussMaffei Technologies Harmac and many more. IOM 2016 Brochure

Spotlight on CISD

A Recent teamup between CISDs Senior Design Engineer, Conor Hayes and Dublin Design Studio has resulted in the amazing Scriba. Scriba is a pioneering new stylus designed to thicken line weight and change functions all with a simple squeeze. After developing Scriba to a well defined ergonomic form including electronics, Dublin Design Studio approached CISD to bring the polymer components to manufacture. This involved a detailed design engineering phase building a high quality 3D CAD model using complex surface modelling…

Open Day 2016

The APT Gateway is based in Athlone IT’s Materials Research Institute and is the Applied Polymer Materials access point to Enterprise Irelands Technology Gateway Network. APT works with SME’s and Multinational companies using polymer materials across the medical, composite, recycling and pharmaceutical sectors and is hosting its annual open day on the 8th of September 2016 from 8.30am until 13.00. The event will feature industrial and academic speakers discussing the latest developments in the plastics field.  Attendance is free.   Register Here

Ibec Engineering Sectors and EMD Ireland Joint Innovation Forum

Ibec Engineering Sectors and EMD Ireland Joint Innovation Forum 06 September, Sheraton Hotel, Athlone 09:30 Registration 10:00-14:00 Free Event Ibec’s Medtech and Engineering Sectors and EMD Ireland Technology Gateway Cluster will jointly host an event to showcase the capability amongst 6 Technology Gateways relevant to the Medtech and Engineering industries in Ireland. The Technology Gateway network is run by Enterprise Ireland in partnership with Institutes of Technologies nationwide. The Gateways provide close-to-market technology solutions that allow companies to develop new…

ECP4 Annual Meeting: Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 and how it can Transform the European Plastics and Composite industry APT are delighted to be partners in hosting the 2018 Annual Meeting of the ECP4 group. ECP4, The European Composites, Plastics and Polymer Processing Platform is an industry-driven collaboration that unites members from 13 countries amongst the top-level European research institutions, regional plastic clusters, and EU-level industrial organisations of plastics and composites converters. The annual meeting will consist of a range of industry 4.0 talks and is open…

IOM Polymer Processing Seminar

 Thursday 26th April 2018 Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone, Co. Westmeath   There is an exciting line up of industry speakers again this year. Come along and hear about Game Changing Technologies for Manufacturing, High Performance Polymers and Composites, R&D Innovation support for our industry, moulding without a mould and much more!   Click here to see the full list of Speakers and Exhibitors       To reserve your place, contact Paul Blackie below. For more information contact Paul Blackie…

Enterprise Ireland Gateway Funding announced for APT

Athlone Institute of Technology’s two Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateways, Applied Polymer Technologies (APT) and COMAND (Connected Media Application Design and Delivery) is to receive €3.5 million from the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway network for a 5 year period to continue the market-leading research projects and solutions that both gateways are involved in regionally and nationally. The first of the two Technology Gateway centres based in AIT is the Applied Polymer Technologies (APT) Gateway. APT Ireland provides world-class solutions for SME’s and Multinational…

APT Principal Investigator Wins Prestigious Fullbright Award

Dr Luke Geever, Principal Investigator at APT Ireland was presented with a Fulbright Award in Dublin on Wednesday, 4 June 2015. Dr Geever, who leads one of Ireland’s largest polymer research groups and was one of the founding Principle Investigators in APT, will go to Harvard Medical School and the Mayo Clinic as the Fulbright-Enterprise Ireland Scholar. Dr Geever will undertake collaborative research with world leading experts while exploring the clinical applications of novel biomedical polymers. Thirty-one Fulbright Awards were announced by...

Industry Workshops at APT

The Applied Polymer Technology Gateway at AIT hosted two industry workshops in May to facilitate the showcasing of new equipment and industry best practice and provide forums for engineers and managers in the polymer industry to get together and experience real word applications of new and emerging technologies. The first workshop focused on the newest Injection moulding and hot runner technologies and provided event sponsors Arburg UK and GÜNTHER Heisskanaltechnik the opportunity to showcase their technologies utilising the 60 tonne All Electric...

AIT Head of Materials Research Appointed Professor

The Director of the Materials Research Institute at Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) has been appointed an adjunct professor and research fellow at the Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP). Prof. Clement Higginbotham’s role is in the School of Materials Engineering and he will also serve as a research fellow at the Centre of Excellence Geopolymer System Research at the Malaysian university. Read More

Further Momentum In Drive To Commercialise Scientific Research

Further Momentum In Drive To Commercialise Scientific Research As Minister Sherlock Announces 6.5million For 58 Research Projects.Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock TD, has today (Thursday) announced Government funding via the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation of over €6.5million covering 58 research awards. Read More

Ireland winning equivalent of €1.5 million in EU research funding per week

President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins will present outstanding achievement awards to companies and academic researchers who have reached the pinnacle of European research at ‘Ireland’s Champions of EU Research’ taking place in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin at 1.30pm today (Friday 8th June) Read

Irish researcher aims to develop synthetic alternative to bone grafts

Dr Declan Devine, a researcher from Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), is heading to Harvard University’s Center for Advanced Orthopaedic Studies to continue his research into a synthetic alternative to bone grafts. Read

AIT Researcher to Develop Synthetic Alternative to Bone Graft

A new treatment for patients suffering large areas of bone loss is being developed at Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT). The research, which is exploring a synthetic alternative to bone grafts, will benefit patients who have had surgery to remove cancerous tissue, or who have had bone loss due to accidents or infections.Senior researcher at AIT, Dr Declan Devine, is taking up a position at Harvard University’s Center for Advanced Orthopaedic Studies to continue his research. Read

Irish researcher aims to develop synthetic alternative to bone grafts

Dr Declan Devine, a researcher from Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), is heading to Harvard University’s Center for Advanced Orthopaedic Studies to continue his research into a synthetic alternative to bone grafts. The idea of his research is to create a synthetic solution instead of bone grafting for people who have had surgery to remove cancerous tissue or for those who have had bone loss due to accidents or infections. Read More

Athlone Institute opens polymer research centre

The team leading a new polymer research centre talks to Keren Sall about how it will serve Ireland’s plastics industry. The Materials Research Institute (MRI) team in Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) has secured €1.2m funding from Enterprise Ireland that will be used to establish the Applied Polymer Technologies (APT) Ireland research centre. Read More

New polymer technology breakthroughs in AIT are showcased in Quest

There are new polymer technology breakthroughs in AIT are showcased in Quest Quest – AIT research, innovation and enterprise. Vol 1 No 1 autumn 2013. View the online brochure Read More

AIT collaborates in €40 million SFI-funded pharmaceutical research centre

Athlone Institute of Technology is a collaborator in a €40 million pharmaceutical research centre funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). The Synthesis & Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC2) is a unique collaboration between eight academic institutions and 17 companies, and will position Ireland as a global hub for pharmaceutical process innovation and advanced manufacturing. The SSPC2 is part of a €300 million investment in scientific research over the next six years, including €200 million from the State and €100 million...

Current SSPC Partners

Mixed Plastics Waste as a Valuable Resource

The Applied Polymer Technologies Gateway has been awarded €350,000 in the latest Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Fund Call. The innovative research study led by Dr. Luke Geever (Senior Researcher, Materials Research Institute) will involve the upcycling of Mixed Plastics Waste via several unique processing steps and the study is entitled: ‘Mixed Plastics Waste as a Valuable Resource: High value – new products from old plastics waste (Eco-MixPlas)’.

APT Gateway Launch

The Applied Polymer Technology (APT) Gateway at Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) was opened by Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock TD, as part of an international plastics conference attended by over 100 delegates.APT (Ireland) is part of an Enterprise Ireland-funded nationwide network of technology gateways, designed to deliver technology-based solutions for companies in Ireland. At the opening, Minister Sherlock said, “I’m delighted to attend today’s conference and to open the Applied Polymer Technology (APT) Gateway. The Government is...

APT Continues Partnership with Arburg

ARBURG are again supporting Athlone Institute of Technology and the wider plastics industry in Ireland, by supplying a new ARBURG 370E 600 170 60 tonne Edrive modular electric machine into their APT Technology Gateway facility. The machine is equipped with the latest SELOGICA touch screen control and has been specified to mirror a typical specification found on many  machines in the market. It also allows for practical operation for instance by being equipped with an integrated hydraulic core pull system...

IRDG & Technology Gateway Networking Event

IRDG, together with Enterprise Ireland’s Technology Gateway Network, is delighted to invite you to an Open Industry Networking Event on Thursday 18th September.  This event is designed to let you see how the Technology Gateways, which are available in Institutes of Technology nationwide, can assist your company with R&D and Innovation. Industry case studies will include Nypro and Openet, who have previously engaged Technology Gateways to support their R&D.  Extensive exhibitions will also be available so you can meet the...