National Manufacturing Institute Scotland

The future of

manufacturing in Scotland

The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland is accelerating productivity to grow our economy, develop a vibrant workforce, and create happier, healthier, greener communities.

Learn more about the future of manufacturing in Scotland

Manufacturing in Scotland

Where innovation meets manufacturing excellence

Manufacturing in Scotland

People and skills development

Developing a modern and diverse workforce

People and skills development

A digital future

Helping manufacturers embrace the future, today

A digital future

Innovative sustainability

Reaching your net-zero ambitions and saving the planet

Innovative sustainability
A magnet for advanced manufacturing in Scotland

The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS)

Driving the future of manufacturing through innovation. We’re accelerating productivity to grow our economy, develop a vibrant workforce, and create happier, healthier, greener communities.

From our growing network of world-class manufacturing R&D facilities, we work with businesses of all sizes and sectors across Scotland, the UK, and beyond to find technology solutions to help them succeed.

We turn brilliant ideas into reality, and we do it at industry speed. Coming from diverse backgrounds, our passionate team works alongside industry, academia, and the public sector to solve problems, train the next generation of makers, engineers, and inventors, and generate creative ideas that will change how we make things and protect our planet.

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What we do

Working together, we can send more Scottish made satellites into space, launch a generation of green-powered ships on the Clyde, make fleets of electric vehicles that will travel the globe, and grow a circular wind industry that will create homegrown jobs and manufacturing supply chains.

But we need the right technology and people with the right skills to help get us there. Below is a snapshot of some of the R&D projects we’re currently working on:

Developing UK wind turbine blade recycling

Creating a net-zero shipbuilding industry

Making more energy-efficient parts in the aerospace industry

Helping manufacturers embrace the circular economy

Building a pipeline of highly skilled green jobs

Developing a space and photonics manufacturing facility

Our centres

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Manufacturing Skills Academy

Transforming the manufacturing workforce and supporting Scotland’s emerging markets with a skilled talent pipeline, the MSA offers advanced training and development opportunities for people at all levels of their careers.

Upskill your workforce today ➞

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Digital Factory

Offering solutions to help overcome roadblocks and inefficiencies, increase productivity, improve sustainability and push forward innovation within the manufacturing, technology and engineering community.

Embrace industry 4.0 technologies ➞

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Digital Process Manufacturing Centre

Opening at i3 in North Ayrshire, we're transforming the region’s industrial landscape and the future of the UK’s process industries.

Streamline your production with digital solutions ➞

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University of Strathclyde's Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC)

The founding NMIS centre and a global centre of excellence in forming and forging research for over a decade with an outreach office in Sheffield.

Explore advanced forging and forming solutions ➞

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Lightweight Manufacturing Centre

Our team of world-class engineers and researchers is exploring the next generation of sustainable materials, products, and processes for a net-zero world.

Discover sustainable manufacturing solutions ➞

Ready to become more productive and sustainable? Contact our friendly team today.