Plans approved for new manufacturing institute in Scotland

WCN Editorial Team 9 Mar 2020 EUROPE BUILDINGS

The University of Strathclyde has secured approval from Renfrewshire Council for the construction of the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) facility.

To be located on Netherton Campus at the centre of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS) in Renfrewshire, the new facility is expected to transform manufacturing in Scotland.

Expected to be around one-and-a-half times the size of Hampden football pitch, the new facility will include a skills academy, a fully digitalised factory of the future and a collaboration hub.

The facility will support manufacturing and engineering companies of all sizes, across all sectors, both across the country and internationally in their innovation and growth.

To be operated by the University of Strathclyde, it has been supported by Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, High Value Manufacturing Catapult, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Funding Council and Renfrewshire Council.

Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “Securing planning permission is a significant milestone for NMIS. It paves the way to start construction of the new facilities which will deliver the research, support and skills to help manufacturers unlock opportunities in emerging digital technologies and processes.

“NMIS will be an international centre of expertise where research, industry and the public sector will work together to make Scotland a global leader in advanced manufacturing and attract investment.”

The facility will be a place where industry, academia and the public sector will work together on new manufacturing research to transform productivity levels, making businesses more competitive, while boosting the skills of current and future workforce.

The University of Strathclyde Principal and Vice-Chancellor Sir Jim McDonald said: “This is a major step in the journey towards revitalising our industrial base and in re-establishing Scotland’s international reputation for manufacturing excellence.

“The University of Strathclyde is proud to be the anchor university for NMIS and we look forward to working with industry partners to bring our world-class expertise and research to support skills development and economic growth.”

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Image: Artist’s rendering of the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland facility. (Credit: University of Strathclyde.)

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