A £65m industry-led international centre of manufacturing expertise, called the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS), is planned for the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS) in Renfrewshire.
A planning application has already been submitted, led by the Scottish government, in partnership with enterprise and skills agencies, University of Strathclyde and Renfrewshire Council.
The new carbon neutral facility next to Glasgow Airport will include a skills academy, a fully digitalised factory of the future and collaboration hub for manufacturers from all sectors to work together with research partners and the public sector to innovate and grow their businesses.
“Manufacturing is crucial to our economy and is a sector we want to see flourish in Scotland. Given the importance of responding to the global climate emergency, I am particularly pleased the facility will be energy carbon neutral and it is great that the facility will lead by example and demonstrate what is possible,” said Derek Mackay, Economy Secretary.
NMIS also includes two specialist technology centres – the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre (LMC), which was opened earlier this year by the First Minister, and Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), the only High Value Manufacturing Catapult centre in Scotland.
“Scotland has a vibrant manufacturing sector which is well placed for further innovation and growth. To achieve its fullest potential, it needs advanced facilities, resources and equipment, for use by highly qualified and skilled staff; NMIS will offer all of this,” said Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Strathclyde University’s Principal.