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National Manufacturing Institute Scotland

The future of manufacturing in Scotland

The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland is the future of manufacturing.

A place where industry, academia and the public sector work together on ground-breaking manufacturing research to transform productivity levels, makes companies more competitive and boost the skills of our current and future workforce.

The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland will see the development of a new world-class facility in Renfrewshire which will work collaboratively with the existing specialist technology centres.

NMIS facility

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Manufacturing Skills Academy

Transforming the manufacturing workforce through upskilling and readying future generations for a life in industry.

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Digital Factory

The availability of data, and the ability to manage, analyse and visualise it with increasing ease, and in real time, is transforming all areas of manufacturing.

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Collaboration Hub

A place for manufacturers of all sizes and from all sectors to work together with research partners and the public sector to innovate and grow their businesses.

NMIS specialist technology centres

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Advanced Forming Research Centre

The Advanced Forming Research Centre is a globally-recognised centre of excellence in innovative manufacturing technologies, R&D, and metal forming and forging research.

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Lightweight Manufacturing Centre

The centre works with and develops novel lightweight solutions to help manufacturing businesses face and overcome the challenges of the modern-day world.

Featured case studies from around the NMIS Group

Whatever your unique situation is, we're sure that we can help your business achieve its goals. See below how NMIS has helped similar companies from Scotland and around the world make more money, access new markets and become the industry leaders in their field.

Diageo, Kigtek and Siemens

Digital twin combined with innovative whisky cask filling solution set to save millions

Wallet Services

Support for technology start-up helps it secure funding, access new markets and increase headcount

Turtle pack

Support for swimming aid entrepreneur navigating the choppy waters of early product development


AFRC supports development of innovative oil well decommissioning tool