National Manufacturing Institute Scotland

The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland is the future of manufacturing.

The institute is a place where industry, academia and the public sector work together on ground-breaking manufacturing research to transform productivity levels, making companies more competitive and boosting the skills of our current and future workforce.

The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland will see the development of a new world-class facility in Renfrewshire. This NMIS flagship facility will work collaboratively with the existing specialist technology centres – all located within the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS).

It is operated by the University of Strathclyde and supported by Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, High-Value Manufacturing Catapult, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Funding Council and Renfrewshire Council.


Manufacturing Skills Academy

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Through the Manufacturing Skills Academy, the NMIS Group is transforming the workforce of today and tomorrow.

Set to be housed in the flagship National Manufacturing Institute Scotland facility, the academy offers advanced manufacturing training and development opportunities for individuals at all levels of their career.

But, you don’t need to wait until the building is open – the transformation has already begun with a number of upskilling opportunities available for the manufacturing and engineering community.


Digital Factory

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Opening in 2023, this new state-of-the-art Digital Factory will be a specialist technology centre built to enable a fully-connected digital manufacturing environment.

A multi-disciplinary team of experts work with companies to help them embrace the use of digital technologies. They offer solutions to help overcome roadblocks and inefficiencies, increase productivity, improve sustainability and push forward innovation within the manufacturing and engineering community.


Lightweight Manufacturing Centre

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Materials, products and processes for a net-zero world.

The Lightweight Manufacturing Centre is a specialist technology centre within the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland.

World-class engineers and researchers are exploring the next generation of sustainable materials, products and processes for a net-zero world.

They’re helping to make lighter-weight battery enclosures for electric vehicles and composite panels for aircraft wings while tackling heavyweight industry challenges, such as recycling wind turbines and materials like glass fibre.


Advanced Forming Research Centre

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Excited by technology and obsessed with solving the toughest manufacturing problems, engineers and researchers at the AFRC work in a world-leading research space dedicated to making manufacturing products and processes better.

The Advanced Forming Research Centre is one of seven High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult centres in the UK and the only one in Scotland.

The HVM Catapult is an alliance of manufacturing research centres backed by Innovate UK. It acts as the catalyst for the growth and success of UK advanced manufacturing.

Companies working with the AFRC can tap into a network of world-leading research covering every aspect of manufacturing.


Digital Process Manufacturing Centre

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This NMIS specialist technology centre opens later this year (2022) at i3 in North Ayrshire.


National Manufacturing Institute Scotland
Coming soon

Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC)
85 Inchinnan Drive

Lightweight Manufacturing Centre
Block E
Westway Business Park
Porterfield Road

Scotland's home of manufacturing innovation

Renfrewshire is the perfect home for Scotland's national manufacturing institute and I am delighted that it will be established here.

Cllr Iain Nicolson
Leader, Renfrewshire Council