Scottish manufacturing R&D centre focuses on skills and sustainability

Scottish manufacturing R&D centre focuses on skills and sustainability

A new manufacturing R&D centre focused on boosting the economy, developing skills and creating “prosperous, sustainable communities” has opened in Scotland.

The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS), operated by the University of Strathclyde, opened its flagship facility in the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS) in Renfrewshire today (21 June). 

Designed to act as a magnet for advanced manufacturing in Scotland and around the world, the 11,500mcampus next to Glasgow Airport will support manufacturing, engineering, and associated technology businesses of all sizes. R&D work will be aimed at helping them become more productive, tap into emerging markets, embrace new technologies, and achieve net zero targets. 

Manufacturing sector

Scotland’s manufacturing sector employs over 179,000 people and is responsible for more than 50% of the country’s international exports and 47% of business expenditure on R&D. 

The operationally carbon neutral facility will be home to the NMIS Manufacturing Skills Academy, Digital Factory, and a publicly accessible ‘collaboration hub’. The Lightweight Manufacturing Centre (LMC) – which is also part of the NMIS group – will relocate from its current base in Renfrewshire, splitting operations between the new building and NMIS’s founding centre, the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC). 


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