A new ‘Factory for the Future’ will be built on the banks of the Clyde. Renfrewshire will be home to the new 87 million dollars National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland (NMIS), with Strathclyde University announced as the anchor university.
Work to build the centre, which will help manufacturing businesses throughout Scotland become world leaders in innovation, will begin next year. The centre at Inchinnan will be located right next to Glasgow International Airport and the M8.
The Scottish Government will invest 64 million dollars in NMIS with 11 million dollars from the University of Strathclyde. Renfrewshire Council will provide a further 52 million dollars through the Glasgow City Region Deal to support wider infrastructure work at the site.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Economy Secretary Keith Brown made the announcement during a visit to Rolls-Royce’s manufacturing facility in Inchinnan. Rolls-Royce is a founding member of the University of Strathclyde’s existing Advanced Forming Research Centre.
International centre of manufacturing expertise
Speaking after a meeting with some of Scotland’s leading manufacturing companies, the First Minister said: “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. It will help companies right across Scotland embrace new manufacturing techniques, support cutting edge research and help to further develop the skills of our workforce. The manufacturing jobs of the future offer exciting and rewarding careers for young people. We want to inspire them to work in this sector and revive Scotland’s proud tradition of manufacturing and engineering.”