Blow Moulding Technologies (BMT) is a technology spin-out company from Queen’s University, Belfast, founded in September 2011 with our first product — THERMOscan, a device for preform temperature measurement.
Our vision is to provide a scientific approach to stretch blow moulding. Through our advanced software and hardware solutions, we aim to reduce energy consumption, optimise setup and increase productivity.
We currently supply products and services for use across the stretch blow moulding industry with primary focus on assisting the design, manufacture and analysis of plastic bottles throughout their development and production cycles
We also provide our expert services in Material Characterisation, Preform Characterisation, Material Modelling and Virtual Preform Design. Our products and services appeal across the entire ISBM supply chain — ranging from material producers to converters and brand owners.
TechStart NI Funding Award
Meet The Team
Dr Shiyong Yan
Shiyong was a research fellow in the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast. His work was centred around developing and integrating innovative methodologies to advance the stretch blow moulding process. Within BMT, Shiyong’s research focuses on constitutive model development and experimental characterisation of preform designs.
Dr David McKelvey
David has completed a PhD from Queen's University, Belfast, specialising in Polymer Characterisation with particular emphasis on HDPE. His work focussed on the mechanical analysis of polymer forming processes during and post deformation. Within BMT, David specialises in the advancement of simulation, alongside material characterisation.
Dr Ross Blair
Ross Blair has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and recently completed a PhD from Queen's University Belfast, which focused on using biaxial stretching to improve the mechanical performance of bio-resorbable coronary stents. Within BMT, Ross specialises in material testing, constitutive modelling, finite element analysis and parametric optimisation.
Dr Josh Turner
Josh Turner has a Masters in Aerospace Engineering and recently completed a PhD from Queen's University Belfast, which focused on the forming behaviour of PEEK films. Within BMT, Josh specialises in material characterisation, constitutive modelling and finite element analysis.
Liam McGovern is a mechanical engineering student in his third year of study and has joined BMT as an intern until September 2020. Within BMT, Liam specialises in the design and manufacture of our latest measurement and instrumentation systems.
Dr Yannis Salomeia
Yannis Salomeia is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Blow Moulding Technologies Ltd. Yannis holds a mechatronics bachelor’s degree, a masters in material science and a PhD which focused on developing a better understanding of the process of plastic bottle manufacturing. During his PhD, Yannis developed novel instruments and methodologies to support major advancements in process simulation.
Dr Gary Menary
Gary leads a research group at Queen’s University focusing on reducing material and energy usage during the stretch blow moulding process using simulation, material modelling, and experimental characterisation. Gary is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Material Forming and has also been on the Board of Directors of the European Association of Material Forming (ESAFORM) since 2006.
Dr James Nixon
James has a masters in mechanical engineering and a PhD which focused on analysing the stretch blow moulding process and subsequent simulation development using innovative techniques. James is currently completing his second postdoctoral position in Queens University where he is at the forefront of bottle research.