The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) and aerospace firm Boeing have announced the opening of a new R&D facility in Renfrew.
NMIS’s centre will work on reducing materials waste and identify opportunities to improve safety and productivity within Boeing’s airline fleet, as well as a focus on the environmental impact of aircraft.
Located in Renfrewshire’s Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland, the facility incorporates the Metallics Research Centre with Boeing, which will see the delivery of the firm’s £11.8 million R&D programme in collaboration with the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC).
Technical teams from Boeing and NMIS are exploring novel manufacturing technologies for metallic components, building on years’ worth of R&D with Strathclyde Uni and the AFRC.
Commenting on the opening, Scotland’s Trade Minister Ivan McKee said: “As we recover from the coronavirus pandemic, it is vital government and industry innovate together to build a stronger, fairer and more sustainable economy.
“This project shows our £75m investment in NMIS is already delivering on that ambition.
“Aviation and aerospace have a crucial role to play in fighting climate change. We are committed to ending Scotland’s contribution to climate change and, critically, ensuring we do that in a way that is just and fair for everyone.”
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Keith Ridgway, NMIS Executive Chair, added: “This a huge development for Scotland, cementing our dedication to advanced manufacturing innovation on a global scale and the benefits that this can bring to our economy.
“We’re excited about what the future holds for this new facility, the ground-breaking R&D taking place there, and how we can build on our manufacturing expertise to support Boeing on its journey towards net-zero.”
Part-funded by Scottish Enterprise, the programme is the first initiative within the Boeing Scotland Alliance, exploring opportunities to work together in Scotland, with the aim of doubling Boeing’s supply chain and creating 200 new jobs in the country over the next five years.
Additionally, the facility will be home to ‘cutting edge’ manufacturing equipment for use across NMIS projects with other innovative manufacturing businesses across the country.
Linda Hanna, Managing Director at Scottish Enterprise said: “The opening of this facility is fantastic news for Scotland and signals a major milestone for the Boeing Scotland Alliance.
“Scottish Enterprise is very proud of its strategic partnership with Boeing, and we look forward to continuing this momentum into exciting new opportunities for Scottish SMEs to work with the world’s largest aerospace company.”
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