National Manufacturing Institute Scotland

Lightweight Manufacturing Centre

Materials, products and processes for a net-zero world

The Lightweight Manufacturing Centre (LMC) is a specialist technology centre within the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland.

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

We're helping to make lighter-weight battery enclosures for electric vehicles and composite panels for aircraft wings while tackling heavyweight industry challenges, such as recycling wind turbines and materials like glass fibre. 

Working with large and small manufacturers from across all sectors, we can help you too. Let's collaborate to future proof your business and overcome today's challenges. 

Our work

We're championing the approach of embracing lighter-weight, more sustainable materials through our three testbeds; FutureFibre, Sustainable Composites, and the Reconfigurable Pilot Line.

These three test beds link together to form our very own micro circular economy. Click on the graphic below to learn about each one in more detail. 

Reconfigurable Pilot Line

An accessible, flexible and modular alternative to a traditional fixed pilot line.

Reconfigurable pilot line


The search for an eco-friendlier alternative to traditional fibre is on.

Future Fibre

Sustainable Composites

We must act now to ensure the next generation of cars, planes and appliances are developed sustainably.

Sustainable Composites

Our centres

Our capabilities

Learn more about our cutting-edge equipment and world-class expertise that could help support your next R&D project.

Working with us

Working with us as part of NMIS unlocks a world of possibilities for you and your businesses. Learn more about R&D project types and where to find us.