New car product made in Derry

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster pictured with Prof Roy Douglas, Catagen and QUB, and Andrew Woods, CEO Catagen at the companies factory in Skeoge, Londonderry. The Minister was launching an inovative new product, called Labcat, developed by Catagen assisted by Invest NI, which enables catalytic converters to be tested without the need to have the engine running. 'Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons 07778373486
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster pictured with Prof Roy Douglas, Catagen and QUB, and Andrew Woods, CEO Catagen at the companies factory in Skeoge, Londonderry. The Minister was launching an inovative new product, called Labcat, developed by Catagen assisted by Invest NI, which enables catalytic converters to be tested without the need to have the engine running. 'Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons 07778373486

Enterprise minister Arlene Foster visited Derry on Wednesday to launch a new product for the car industry made by a local firm.

The product, Labcat, is being made by FAST Technologies, Skeoge Industrial Estate, and allows catalytic converters to be tested without the need to have the engine running.

It has been developed by Catagen, a spin-off company from Queen’s University, Belfast.

An Italian car manufacturer has already placed an order for the product.

Speaking in Derry, Ms Foster said; “Northern Ireland has a long history of engineering excellence and innovative new products like this one show that our local expertise continues to blaze a trail. It is also great to see the actual production of Labcat taking place here in FAST Technologies, again underscoring the capability of our local companies.”

Dr Andrew Woods, Catagen’s CEO, said; “We’re delighted to be launching the Labcat and are very excited about the level of interest it is generating throughout the automotive industry.”

Rose Mary Stalker, Non-Executive Director of the Northern Ireland Science Park said; “The automotive industry is built on innovation and LabCat is a significant and welcome development in the area of catalytic convertor testing, delivering a cost-effective and environmentally friendly solution.”