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New ‘factory of the future’ will benefit Highlands and Islands

Businesses across the Highlands and Islands stand to benefit from the new £65m National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland (NMIS), announced this week by First Minster Nicola Sturgeon.

The Institute will be based in Renfrewshire and is being set up to help businesses throughout the country become world leaders in innovation. Strathclyde University was announced as the anchor university.

Graeme Harrison is the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) representative on the MNIS steering group. He said:

“We will be working with the NMIS to help it boost manufacturing and innovation across the Highlands and Islands. Our region has a strong manufacturing industry. Many of our businesses are constantly developing new products and new ways of doing business. Our role is to help ensure these businesses benefit from the facilities and expertise that will be provided through NMIS and we very much look forward to it taking shape.”

The Scottish Government plans to invest £48 million in NMIS with £8 million from the University of Strathclyde. This is in addition to the £8.9 million announced in June 2017 for the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre as a first step towards the wider centre. 

Renfrewshire Council will provide a further £39.1 million through the Glasgow City Region Deal to support wider infrastructure work at the site.

Speaking after a meeting with some of Scotland's leading manufacturing companies, the First Minister 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.”

See the full Scottish Government news release on this story at



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