What is Advanced Manufacturing?

Advanced manufacturing is the use of innovative technologies to enhance the production of existing and new products. It facilitates some of the most pioneering areas of our economy including the medical, aerospace and pharmaceutical industries.

To be competitive in a net-zero, future economy, manufacturing needs to become more sustainable and resilient. It needs to be data-led and digitally-enabled.

Advanced Manufacturing Market

Advanced manufacturing contributes over £162 bn to the UK’s economy
(Source: Investors in UK)

169,000 jobs across Scotland
(Source: Scottish Government)

50% of Scotland’s international exports
(Source: Scottish Government)

Why Glasgow?

Economic Impact

Just under 3000 manufacturing companies with a combined turnover of over £10bn, employing over 55,000 people with a GVA contribution of £3.5bn

World Class Graduates

Glasgow is one of the UK’s 11 core cities for producing the highest number of both students and graduates in engineering and advanced manufacturing

Internationally recognised

The Advanced Manufacturing District Scotland is an internationally recognised centre for innovation, research and manufacturing

Glasgow was one of the world’s first industrial and heavy engineering centres and remains at the forefront of Scotland’s manufacturing capabilities. The region is renowned for its successful approach to advanced manufacturing across a range of specialist sectors and its developing cluster of international and homegrown companies, connected to the city’s internationally-recognised academic expertise and infrastructure.

With the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS) sitting at its heart, Glasgow City Region offers a world-class advanced manufacturing and engineering business development environment. It consists of state-of-the-art industry infrastructure and extensive R&D centres of excellence underpinned by a robust partnership between industry, academia and the public sector.

The region delivers a highly skilled pipeline of talent for the sector. The University of Glasgow’s James Watt School of Engineering was the first in the UK to provide degrees in engineering and today the University’s engineering department ranks in the top 5 in the UK. And the University of Strathclyde’s Faculty of Engineering is the largest in Scotland – home to over 5,500 students across eight internationally renowned departments.

With over 3000 manufacturing companies and a strong cluster operating across the Glasgow City Region, the city is once again at the vanguard of the advanced manufacturing revolution and is an ideal place for starting and developing an advanced manufacturing business.