Renfrewshire will be the home to the new £65 million National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland (NMIS), with Strathclyde University announced as the anchor university.
Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson has described Renfrewshire as it’s ‘perfect home’ and MP Gavin Newlands also welcomed the announcement.
Mr Newlands attended the announcement today in Inchinnan today, which was attended by First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, Renfrewshire Council Leader, Iain Nicolson and Keith Brown MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work.
Work to build the £65million industry-led Institute will start in 2018 with the University of Strathclyde as the anchor university and is expected to be the catalyst for thousands of jobs.
It will be the anchor tenant of a new 130-acre business and manufacturing district being developed around Glasgow Airport.
The enabling infrastructure of roads, bridges, cycleways and pedestrian routes are being delivered by Renfrewshire Council through the £39.1million Glasgow Airport Investment Area project, funded through the Glasgow City Region City Deal.
Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson, said: “Renfrewshire is the perfect home for Scotland’s national manufacturing institute and I am delighted that it will be established here,” said Councillor Nicolson. “We offer the right environment for it to flourish, with a strong manufacturing base and highly skilled workforce already in place, complemented by the excellent research expertise across the region.
“This combined with excellent connections by air, land and sea — which will be further enhanced by our Glasgow City Region City Deal projects — make it the ideal choice for this exciting development.”
Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said: “The announcement that the National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland is to be based in Renfrewshire is a fantastic boost to the local economy and a great tonic to the area following Friday’s hugely disappointing City of Culture decision.
“This is an early Christmas present for the Renfrewshire economy as it will help to create jobs in the area, providing opportunities not only for local businesses, but bringing businesses and academics from across Scotland to Renfrewshire. This innovative investment will add huge value to Scotland’s national economy in addition to our own local economy.
“Manufacturing is crucial to Scotland’s economic future and I’m delighted that the centre of manufacturing expertise will be based in Renfrewshire.”
The Institute is a collaborative project between the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, the Scottish Funding Council, University of Strathclyde and Renfrewshire Council.
It aims to make Scotland a global leader in advanced manufacturing, combining research, industry and public sector expertise to transform skills, productivity and innovation in a sector which already accounts for half of Scotland’s international exports.
Manufacturers in Scotland and worldwide will be able to access the Institute’s services through virtual reality technology.
There will also be a skills academy to enable manufacturing staff to keep up-to-date with new tools and techniques and the Institute will act as a ‘shop front’ inspiring the next generation of engineers and innovators.
This announcement builds on the development of the £8.9million Lightweight Manufacturing Centre which will open in May 2018 at the Doosan Babcock site in Westway, Renfrew, developing new manufacturing processes for lightweight materials for the aerospace and automotive industries.
Councillor Nicolson added: “Renfrewshire has long been renowned for its manufacturing exports, not least giving Paisley Pattern to the world, and I am excited about the prospect of helping to play our part in making Scotland a global leader in advanced manufacturing.
“This is an exciting time as we put in place the infrastructure and investment which connects communities, creates jobs and delivers a thriving Renfrewshire.
“The arrival of the National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland is a hugely important part of this journey and we look forward to working with colleagues to deliver its ambitious aims.”
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, said: “This exciting facility will be an industry-led international centre of manufacturing expertise. Research, industry and the public sector will work together to transform skills, productivity and innovation, attracting investment and making Scotland a global leader in advanced manufacturing.
“It will help companies right across Scotland embrace new manufacturing techniques, support cutting edge research and help to further develop the skills of our workforce. The manufacturing jobs of the future offer exciting and rewarding careers for young people. We want to inspire them to work in this sector and revive Scotland’s proud tradition of manufacturing and engineering.
“Inchinnan provides a gateway to the world through proximity to the airport and revives Scotland’s proud tradition of manufacturing and engineering.
“Although the centre will sit on the Clydeside, the benefits will be felt throughout Scotland.”