Andrew Woods CEO at Catagen and James Eyre Commerical Director at TQL

Catagen expands with Net Zero Technologies Centre at Titanic Quarter’s Channel Commercial Park

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1st February 2022

Catagen expands with Net Zero Technologies Centre at Titanic Quarter’s Channel Commercial Park

Catagen has recently expanded in Titanic Quarter’s Channel Commercial Park, with the opening of a Net Zero Technologies Centre.

Established in Titanic Quarter in 2013, Catagen provide physical and virtual emissions testing to global automotive manufacturers and industry leading data for transport policy makers. This advanced technology allows for world leading vehicle manufacturers to meet stringent emission standards globally.

The new centre in Channel Commercial Park will see Catagen build further on its core business within the emissions technology and oversee the development of new clean energy technologies that will help facilitate the production and distribution of green hydrogen and e-fuels.

It plans to explore new technologies that will support the UK’s climate change target to cut emissions by 78% by 2035 and impact global targets.

James Eyre, Commercial Director at Titanic Quarter Ltd, said: “We have built an excellent working relationship with Catagen over the past nine years, and are delighted to have been able to facilitate their expansion within Channel Commercial Park. Titanic Quarter is one of Europe’s largest, sustainable redevelopment projects and is now home to a number of innovative businesses who are committed to playing a key role in global climate change.”

Paving the way for SMEs in Northern Ireland, Catagen is powered by 100% renewable energy. Since 2017, Catagen has already displaced more than 1,100 tonnes of carbon from the automotive sector to date, through its energy efficient patented technology.

Andrew Woods, CEO at Catagen, said: “We’re delighted to have opened our Net Zero Technologies Centre in Channel Commercial Park. With its strategic location and connections to Ireland, the UK and the rest of Europe, Channel Commercial Park is the ideal place for Catagen to expand our business and continue on our journey to develop new clean energy technology.”


Notes to Editors

Titanic Quarter

Belfast’s Titanic Quarter is one of Europe’s largest urban-waterfront regeneration projects.

Master-planned over 185 acres on the site where RMS Titanic was designed and built, Titanic Quarter is redefining what it means to work, live, visit and stay in central Belfast. In just over a decade of development Titanic Quarter has evolved into a world class tourism destination, an educational and media campus, a residential community, accommodating high quality Grade A offices and premium retail outlets.

Titanic Quarter offers a location that has sufficient space and advanced I.T. infrastructure to maximise productivity benefits for the highly competitive, high value added international financial, innovation and business services. Citi’s Gateway Offices, located at the entrance to Titanic Quarter, emerged as a symbol of growth of international financial services in Belfast. Olympic House, currently under construction, is the next Grade A office development in Titanic Quarter, which on completion, will accommodate over 1,500 jobs in a BREEAM excellent, state of the art office environment. Further Grade A office developments are planned for Titanic Quarter.

Titanic Quarter attracts global investors growing and extending their international operations. With over 100 national and international organisations, occupants include Citi, Catalyst, Amazon, Microsoft, IBM and SAP. University of Ulster, Queens University Belfast and Belfast Met are also already established in Titanic Quarter.

Titanic Quarter’s Abercorn Residential Complex of 474 high quality apartment homes is located in the centre of a lively urban community with retail units on the ground floor that include a Spar convenience store, Subway and independent coffee shops, representing the modern face of Belfast.

Existing Titanic Quarter hotels include the Titanic Hotel Belfast (120 rooms) which opened in 2017 in the former Harland & Wolff Headquarters Building and Drawing Offices and the Premier Inn Titanic Quarter (121 rooms). Construction of the Hamilton Dock Hotel, a 274-bedroom family focussed hotel adjacent to SS Nomadic and Titanic Belfast, will commence in 2022 further strengthening Belfast’s business, conferencing, leisure and heritage tourism growth.

Attracting millions of visitors annually to experience Titanic heritage, Titanic Quarter has acquired the status as a premier global destination for leisure and business tourism – contributing to Lonely Planet naming Belfast as the best place to visit in 2018. Since 2012 the now iconic landmark Titanic Belfast has attracted over 6.5 million visitors across 145 countries, earning it the prestigious accolade of World’s Leading Visitor Attraction 2016 – World Travel Awards as well as Ireland’s first ever 5 star graded visitor experience. Other heritage attractions within Titanic Quarter include SS Nomadic, HMS Caroline, Thompson Dry Dock, The Great Light, Titanic Walkway and Titanic Slipways – which have been established as one of Belfast’s most sought after outdoor venues hosting events for MTV, BBC and the Giro d’Italia. The Titanic Exhibition Centre hosts major conference, sporting and lifestyle events with attendances of up to 20,000 per event.

Titanic Quarter in Numbers

  • £610 million invested to date
  • 12,000 jobs
  • £286m per annum in wages
  • 1.5 million sq ft completed
  • 3 million sq ft with planning permission
  • 20,000 people live, work, visit and stay in Titanic Quarter daily
  • 3.6m visitors per annum
  • 1,000 residents
  • Over 100 national and international organisations including Citi, Amazon, Microsoft,
    IBM, SAP, Belfast Metropolitan College, Catalyst Inc, Ulster University and
    Queen’s University Belfast already established in Titanic Quarter
  • Europe’s fastest direct fibre-optic links to North America
  • 5 minute drive to George Best Belfast City Airport and direct access to motorways


Catagen provides a range of emissions tests for aftertreatment systems to leading global auto and motorcycle companies, replicating what an engine can do for:
- Standard gasoline or diesel
- Hybrid powertrains
- E-Fuels, hydrogen combustion, biofuels, ethanol engines or natural gas engines

As aftertreatment emissions specialists CATAGEN are delivering advanced solutions that will have direct impact on our cities and air quality. Reducing tailpipe emissions remains one of the biggest challenges facing the global automotive industry.

Reaching a solution involves precision testing and we have unrivalled expertise through our research, software and patented testing technology.

We are exploring new technologies that will support the UK’s climate change target to cut emissions by 78% by 2035 and impact global targets.

Powered by 100% renewable energy the core of CATAGEN’s business is “to clean and decarbonise the air”. We make this a reality by applying our proven expertise to develop new innovations and products that take our society beyond now.