New £65m centre for Scotland’s manufacturing industry
13 Dec 2017
Strathclyde University will be the “anchor university” for a new £65 million National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland (NMIS), which will help manufacturing businesses throughout Scotland become world leaders in innovation.
The Scottish Government will invest £48 million in NMIS, with £8 million from the University of Strathclyde. Renfrewshire Council will provide a further £39.1 million through the Glasgow City Region Deal to support wider infrastructure work at the site.
NMIS will be delivered through a partnership of the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, the Scottish Funding Council, Renfrewshire Council and the University of Strathclyde.
First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, 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.”
Interim chief executive of the Scottish Funding Council, John Kemp, said: “The announcement of a National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland is great news for the work SFC and its partners are doing in skills and developing the young workforce. We’re responding by putting additional resources into helping industries such as energy, food and drink and textiles to engage more with colleges and universities.”
Work to construct the centre, which will be located at Inchinnan next to Glasgow International Airport and the M8, will begin next year. NMIS will connect all of Scotland’s engineering universities and colleges to an industry that employs over 180,000 people in Scotland.