R&D boost

Boeing-backed research centre opens in Renfrew

Keith Ridgway, NMIS cxecutive chairman; Minister Ivan McKee; Sir Martin Donnelly, president of Boeing Europe 

A huge boost to R&D was marked with the official opening of the Metallics Research Centre with Boeing at the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS).

The centre in Renfrew will see the delivery of Boeing’s £11.8 million R&D programme in collaboration with the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), part of the NMIS Group. 

It aims to reduce materials waste and identify opportunities to improve safety, productivity, and the environmental impact of its aircraft.

Technical teams from Boeing and NMIS are exploring novel manufacturing technologies for metallic components, building on over a decade’s worth of R&D with the University of Strathclyde and the AFRC, where Boeing is a founding partner. 

Part funded by Scottish Enterprise, the programme is the first initiative within the Boeing Scotland Alliance, which is exploring opportunities to work together in Scotland, with the aim of doubling Boeing’s supply chain and creating 200 new quality jobs in the next five years.

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