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Wright idea to inspire engineers of future

By Staff Reporter

Published 01/11/2016

Pictured l-r: Economy Minister Simon Hamilton, Dr William Wright CBE and Queen’s University Vice-Chancellor Professor Patrick Johnston
Pictured l-r: Economy Minister Simon Hamilton, Dr William Wright CBE and Queen’s University Vice-Chancellor Professor Patrick Johnston

A new mechanical and aerospace engineering centre at Queen's University has been named after Wrightbus founder William Wright.

The William Wright Technology Centre in Belfast will be unveiled later today.

Mr Wright and his father founded the Ballymena company in 1936. It's grown into a major international bus builder, with sales of around £279m.

The firm is known for building the 'Boris Bus' for Transport for London, named after the city's former mayor Boris Johnson.

Wrights Group has invested £300,000 in the centre - a figure which is being matched by Queen's. The aim of the centre is to promote research and advanced engineering in the bus industry.

The opening comes as Wrights Group announced the purchase of JTI Gallaher's former cigarette factory in Ballymena.

Belfast Telegraph

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