Renfrewshire Council

The facility at Westway to house the Boeing programme

Boeing programme takes off at AMIDS

Boeing, the world's largest aerospace company, has formed a team to work on a major research and development programme at the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS) in Renfrewshire.

The £11.8million Boeing programme is being run by the University of Strathclyde's Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) and will be based within AMIDS at Westway Park in Renfrew in a space over 60,000 square feet.

What is the Boeing programme?

Boeing is one of the founding members of the AFRC, which is part of the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland and the only High Value Manufacturing Catapult centre in Scotland.

Leading forming and forging technologists from the AFRC will work with the Boeing staff team on the programme, looking at innovative manufacturing processes and technologies related to metallic components, investigating ways to reduce material wastage and the impact on the environment and considering how to improve productivity and safety.

Boeing Scotland Alliance It is part funded by a £3.5million contribution from Scottish Enterprise, who have formed the Boeing Scotland Alliance to explore opportunities to work together in Scotland, with the aim of doubling Boeing's supply chain in the country.

NMIS has signed a lease with property investment firm Canmoor for the unit which will also house state-of-the-art advanced engineering equipment for projects with other manufacturing businesses, including a purpose-built area dedicated to advancing the use of additive manufacturing in Scotland.

Sir Martin Donnelly, president of Boeing Europe and Managing Director of Boeing in the UK and Ireland, said: "We announced our broader Boeing Scotland Alliance with Scottish Enterprise in March at the AFRC because this R&D programme was a cornerstone of that agreement. Seeing such progress with the signing of this lease amid the challenges of 2020 is a testament to the teams involved and a precursor of what we know we will achieve through the talent and resources found in the Glasgow City Region and throughout Scotland."

John Reid, the new CEO of the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland, said: "This facility is a significant step not only in the development of the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland, but also in bolstering the future of manufacturing across the country post lockdown. We are delighted to be bringing Boeing to Scotland at this time to work on such a critical project with our team and play a crucial role in developing the aerospace supply chain across the country for generations to come.

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Welcome to AMIDS

Boeing is the latest company to move to AMIDS - Scotland's home for manufacturing innovation. A partnership between Renfrewshire Council, Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise, the district is currently under development, encompassing a new 52-hectare site next to Glasgow Airport together with established business centres Westway Park and Inchinnan Business Park.  

Construction work is well under way on the underpinning infrastructure creating a connected, clean, green, welcoming environment which fosters innovation and collaboration.

And construction starts soon on two multi-million pound research facilities, the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) and the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre, while the Boeing announcement comes a year after the official opening of the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre at Westway Park, the second specialist technology centre within the NMIS Group.

Netherton Campus The focus of the district is firmly on creating a healthy working environment, with cycling and walking routes built into the masterplan, promoting pedestrian access and scenic routes along the White Cart river.

Outdoor gathering areas, sustainable spaces and a low carbon heating system will ensure it is a place like no other, one where companies can work side-by-side, grow their business, tap into the latest technology and foster a happy, healthy workforce.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: "Manufacturing is a vitally important sector for the local, regional and national recovery from Coronavirus and we are delighted to see the Boeing project taking shape within the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS).

"Developing Scotland's home for manufacturing innovation is progressing well with the enabling works well under way and I am sure many more companies will be attracted by our unique environment, designed to foster collaboration and provide access to the latest manufacturing technologies and cutting-edge research."

Published on 15 September 2020