£16.5m for new centre

Facility will help manufacturing forge a digital future

Ivan McKeeA new facility backed by £16.5 million of public funding will help turn Scotland’s manufacturing sector into a leading player in the digital revolution.

Strathclyde university’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) will set up FutureForge in partnership with the UK Aerospace Research and Technology Programme and Scottish Enterprise.

It will begin operating in 2020 and will work with companies in the aerospace, automotive, oil and gas, energy, nuclear and rail industries helping companies to increase their global competitiveness.

The facility will help generate around £40 million of collaborative R&D projects over 10 years, creating up to 34 jobs.

Scottish Government, Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation Ivan McKee (pictured), said: “The new facility will put Scotland at the forefront of the latest industrial revolution, helping some of the most traditional manufacturing businesses and their supply chains embrace the latest in digital technologies.

“Today’s news follows our announcement eight months ago that we are investing in a £65m National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland (NMIS) in Renfrewshire, also in partnership with the University of Strathclyde.

“This latest project by the AFRC in the region highlights once again the importance of Scotland as a centre for cutting-edge manufacturing technology, and demonstrates our world leadership ambitions.” 

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