The University of Strathclyde’s Continuous Manufacturing and Crystallisation Centre (CMAC) will use revolutionary manufacturing techniques developed to speed up the process of bringing new drugs to market, and help make precision medicine an economically viable reality.

The centre, in collaboration with partners including Graz and Nanyang Technological University, provides CMAC with an industrial base in the local region, and demonstrates how international research partnerships can be harnessed for local economic impact.

The MMIC has been awarded £42 million in capital funding from the Scottish and UK Governments and from major industry partners, including AstraZeneca and GSK, under the UK Government Industrial Strategy.

Benefits for the Glasgow area

Glasgow’s activity in the advanced manufacturing sector is driving investment and economic growth in the region. The University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) in Renfrewshire is dedicated to putting manufacturing at the heart of Scotland’s economy:

• AFRC helps fill the gap between academic research and industry, and has engaged with 166 Scottish SMEs in the last year.

• The Centre is helping companies turn innovative technologies and ideas into a commercial reality that will increase their competitiveness, boost business, and help secure the future of the local and national manufacturing sector.

• The AFRC staff has increased from 12 employees in 2009 to 140 engineers, researchers, business professionals and apprentices in October 2018. A new digital manufacturing team will support Industry 4.0 work.

• Recently, the Centre secured £16.5 million through the UK Aerospace Research and Technology Programme, Scottish Enterprise and the High-Value Manufacturing Catapult to establish FutureForge ─ a major new advanced manufacturing facility for hot forging.

• The Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS) in Renfrewshire will support businesses and spearhead future development of the region’s advanced manufacturing and science sectors, with two new national innovation centres:

• The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS), a strategic collaboration between the Scottish Government and the University of Strathclyde, will transform the competitiveness of Scottish industry through skills provision and adoption of cutting edge research and innovation.

• The industry-led Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre (MMIC) in Renfrewshire will speed up the process of bringing new drugs to market; it aims to attract over £80 million in R&D investment by 2028.

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