Renfrewshire Council

An autoclave vessel at the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre based at Westway Park in Renfrew

New centre signals bright future for manufacturing in Renfrewshire

The Lightweight Manufacturing Centre opening in Renfrewshire represents "a significant step in our ambitions to be the beating heart of modern Scottish manufacturing".

That's according to Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson who joined First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the official centre opening today (Wednesday 26 June 2019).

The centre is the first phase of the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) which is being built in the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS).

Renfrewshire Chamber Chief Executive Bob Grant and Council Leader Iain Nicolson at the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre opening Based in the Doosan Babcock facilities at Westway Park and run by the University of Strathclyde, the centre helps manufacturing companies to benefit from lightweighting technology.

Hear from Michelle Ferguson, Director of Social Enterprise Scotland's Bravest Manufacturing Company, on how they have benefited from working with the team at the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre.

Lightweighting is already adopted in the high-value automotive and aerospace industries, developing lighter components that provide a range of benefits including improved speed, increased strength, reduced costs and greater sustainability.

"I'm delighted to see the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre officially open and I'm excited by the benefits it can offer to manufacturers big and small," said Councillor Nicolson.

"Every business is looking for that competitive edge while also recognising the importance of reducing their impact on the environment and I look forward to seeing local businesses benefiting from its expertise over the coming years."

Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland

In partnership with the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise, Renfrewshire Council is leading development of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland.

Work starts this summer on the enabling infrastructure to transform a 52-hectare site next to Glasgow Airport into a hub for manufacturing innovation, home to NMIS and a £56million Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre.

Councillor Nicolson added: "There are already 9000 manufacturing jobs in Renfrewshire and it accounts for more than 20% of our economic output. There's great potential to grow this even further and the Lightweight Centre opening is a significant step in our ambitions to be the beating heart of modern Scottish manufacturing.

"We have always been a place rich in creativity and innovation and look forward to supporting the development of these major investments, ensuring they bring jobs and opportunities to everyone in Renfrewshire."

Published on Wednesday 26 June 2019

Main photo shows an autoclave vessel at the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre and second photo shows Bob Grant, Chief Executive of Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce with Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson at the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre.

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