An £8.9 million centre to help companies benefit from lightweight manufacturing technology has been officially opened by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP.
The Lightweight Manufacturing Centre, which will be run by the University of Strathclyde, will develop lighter, more efficient components for high-value industries, including automotive and aerospace. It also has the potential to benefit other enterprises looking to replace traditional manufacturing methods with the next generation of materials.
The centre was funded by the SNP Government with an investment of £3.9 million; Scottish Enterprise with £3.4 million and £1.6 million from Strathclyde.
The centre is the first stage in the creation of the new £64.9 million National Manufacturing Institute Scotland at Glasgow Airport, which aims to make Scotland a world leader in advanced manufacturing.
The centre is temporarily located in Doosan Babcock’s Renfrew facility but will move to Glasgow Airport by autumn 2021.
Nicola Sturgeon MSP said:
“Our ambition is to build on Scotland’s long history of innovation, invention and production. It is really important as technology rapidly advances, our economy follows suit.
“This world-class centre will help us do just that. Businesses across Scotland will benefit from access to state-of-the-art equipment and opportunities for collaboration in research and development. The opportunities that stem from lightweight manufacturing will enhance their competitiveness.”
Kenneth Gibson MSP added:
“The SNP Government is already investing in the technologies and factories of the future. It is vital that we foster an environment for Scottish manufacturers to remain competitive and embrace innovation, given that our vital manufacturing industries currently employ 180,000 people.
“I am delighted that this new centre will provide the skills and services necessary to place Scottish industry at the forefront of lightweight manufacturing, helping companies of all sizes compete globally at the highest level, while also attracting international business to Scotland.”