Planning permission is being sought for the construction of the £65M National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) at the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS) in Renfrewshire.
The new NMIS facility will be led by the Scottish Government, the University of Strathclyde, and the Renfrewshire Council and will be situated next to Glasgow Airport, serving as a skills academy for research and innovation and also to attract investment
The Scottish Economy Secretary, Derek Mackay stated: “Manufacturing is crucial to our economy and is a sector we want to see flourish in Scotland.
“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 and it is great that the facility will lead by example and demonstrate what is possible.
“NMIS will deliver benefits for businesses across Scotland well before the building is complete including through the existing capability available at the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre which adds to the wider support available from our enterprise agencies to help companies improve their productivity.”
Furthermore, the NMIS will be comprised of two facilities the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre (LMC) and also the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC).
The University of Strathclyde Principal, Professor Sir Jim McDonald commented: “It is great news that the plans for NMIS are progressing so quickly.
“Scotland has a vibrant manufacturing sector which is well placed for further innovation and growth. To achieve its fullest potential, it needs advanced facilities, resources and equipment, for use by highly qualified and skilled staff; NMIS will offer all of this.
“At Strathclyde – and across Scotland’s world-class universities – we have the drive, expertise and track record to support this highly collaborative venture and, with the NMIS partners, support the transformation of Scottish manufacturing.”
The Associate HLM, Ross Barrett added: “The new NMIS facility is a hugely exciting project and we are really pleased to be working with all partners to respond to the ambitions for this centre. Our thoughtful design creates an innovative, flexible and collaborative environment where knowledge and creativity can be shared.
“Inspired by the materiality and colours of the Scottish landscape, this bold sustainable building sets out to create a unique character and identity for NMIS which will inspire and attract industry partners and academics alike.”
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