Glasgow is building a new ‘Factory for the Future’ as it aims to become a world leader in advanced manufacturing.

The new £65 million National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland (NMIS) will be located right next to Glasgow International Airport and the M8 at the heart of a new Manufacturing Innovation District. NMIS will connect all of Scotland’s engineering Universities and colleges, with the University of Strathclyde announced as the anchor university. It will build on the success of the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre at Inchinnan, and the new £8.9 million Lightweight Manufacturing Centre due to open in 2018.

The Scottish Government will invest £48 million in NMIS with £8 million from the University of Strathclyde and a further £39.1 million from Renfrewshire Council through the Glasgow City Region Deal to support wider infrastructure work at the site.

Economy Secretary Keith Brown said: “Manufacturing is a key industry, already accounting for 52 per cent of Scotland’s international exports, and nearly £600m of Scotland’s spend on business research and development. Our investment in NMIS builds on our support for the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre and will support that and our ambitious target of doubling business expenditure on research and development by 2025. This centre will not only see us continue to reach out worldwide, but also see the rest of the world turning to Scotland for innovation and expertise.”

Glasgow has built upon its reputation as one of the world’s first industrial and heavy engineering centres, developing and enhancing its core skills to encompass industries including advanced manufacturing, aerospace and space, defence and marine, ICT and Software, energy, and quantum technology and photonics. Traditional heavy engineering is now balanced with cutting-edge advanced process optimisation, modelling, simulation, sensors, software and technologies. Indeed, the city is now a leader in the development of high-value lasers, and in 2016, Glasgow produced more satellites than any city outside of Silicon Valley.

The Scottish Government has recognised Engineering & Advanced Manufacturing as a key sector in its Government Economic Strategy (GES) both as a sector in its own right and in underpinning other key sectors such as Low Carbon.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon added: “This exciting facility will be an industry-led international centre of manufacturing expertise. Research, industry and the public sector will work together to transform skills, productivity and innovation, attracting investment and making Scotland a global leader in advanced manufacturing.”

Repeat events by the heavyweight Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) have underscored Glasgow’s reputation as a global centre for engineering knowledge.

The IEEE, which has more than 423,000 members in 160 countries, has held six meetings in Glasgow since 2015 and a further six are scheduled to take place over the next four years. Together the events, taking place at venues including University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation, the Grand Central Hotel, and Scottish Event Campus, are expected to attract 8,000 delegates to the Scottish city and contribute £14.8m to the local economy. These include the  IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics in September 2018, the IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium in October 2019 and the IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence in July 2020.


(Via AMI, Glasgow Economic Leadership, Invest Glasgow, University of Strathclyde)