What is Advanced Manufacturing?
Advanced manufacturing refers to the use of cutting-edge skills or technologies to generate efficiencies and improvements in production processes.
From advanced robotics to 3D printing, the sector has significant growth potential and is estimated to contribute £162 billion to the UK economy.
Manufacturing is a key pillar of Scotland’s economy, and as Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow’s reputation stems from its role as one of the world’s first industrial and heavy engineering centres that earned the city the title of “workshop of the world”.
With the challenge on to find smarter, better ways of making things, Glasgow is again at the vanguard of this advanced manufacturing revolution and remains the place for bold, brave companies to come together and inspire each other to do great things.
Glasgow City Region is home to
just under 3000 manufacturing companies with a combined turnover of over £10bn, employing over 55,000 people with a GVA contribution of £3.5bn.
The University of Glasgow’s engineering department
ranks in the top 5 in the UK for “internationally excellent” or “world-leading research”.
The University of Strathclyde is recognised as
one of the UK’s leading technological universities with six of its eight engineering ranked in the top 10 in the UK.
With a skilled workforce, research expertise and strong manufacturing base, the Glasgow region has much to offer the engineering and advanced manufacturing sector. The University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), is a globally recognised centre of excellence in innovative manufacturing technologies, R&D, and metal forming and forging research.
The Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS) ─ a 130-acre business and manufacturing district in development close to Glasgow Airport ─ is set to become a world-leading site for innovation, research and manufacturing.
AMIDS is supported by significant public sector investment, and is already home to several international manufacturers and will host two new innovation centres ─ the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre (MMIC) and the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS).
Strathclyde is the anchor university for NMIS and is a founding partner in MMIC, which is due for completion in late 2021 and expected to be operational in early 2022. It will bring together industry, academia, healthcare providers and regulators to test new and disruptive technologies for manufacturing in the pharmaceutical industry.
Companies of all sizes will be able to use the facility to evaluate, test and prototype processes using advanced Industry 4.0 manufacturing technologies. By using next-generation technology, they will be able to produce drugs more efficiently, and protect future generations by bringing new medicines to market safely and quickly.
Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company, will also be part of AMIDS, as it researches metallic component manufacturing in an £11.8million project with experts from the AFRC, part of NMIS.
Advanced Manufacturing Market
Billion estimated to the UK economy.
jobs across Scotland
Scotland’s international exports