Application submitted for National Manufacturing Institute Scotland
25 Nov 2019
A planning application has been submitted for the development of the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) situated at the centre of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS) in Renfrewshire.
The £65 million international centre of manufacturing expertise is led by the Scottish Government with Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, the Scottish Funding Council, University of Strathclyde, and Renfrewshire Council.
Operated by Strathclyde as a national facility for Scotland, it aims to transform skills, productivity and innovation to attract investment and make Scotland a global leader in advanced manufacturing.
The new energy carbon neutral facility next to Glasgow Airport will include a skills academy, a fully digitalised factory of the future and collaboration hub for manufacturers of all sizes and from all sectors to work together with research partners and the public sector to innovate and grow their businesses.
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.
The application will now be considered by Renfrewshire Council. Glasgow-based HLM Architects will lead the NMIS design team.
Scotland’s economy secretary Derek Mackay said:
“This is a notable milestone for the NMIS facility and given the importance of responding to the global climate emergency, I am particularly pleased the facility will be energy carbon neutral.”
Strathclyde principal Professor Sir Jim McDonald added that Scotland’s manufacturing sector needed the advanced facilities, resources and equipment that NMIS will offer, in order to realise its full potential
NMIS and the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre, in which Strathclyde is lead research partner, will be the anchor institutions. The district is benefitting from a £39 million investment to provide the enabling infrastructure, funded through the Glasgow City Region City Deal. It is also home to the NMIS specialist technology centres.
More than £65 million is being invested in the centre, including £8 million by Strathclyde, with a further £48 million of the total coming from the Scottish Government.