National Manufacturing Institute Scotland

About us

The future of manufacturing in Scotland

What is NMIS?

The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) is driving the future of manufacturing through innovation. We’re accelerating productivity to grow our economy, develop a vibrant workforce, and create happier, healthier, greener communities.  

From our growing network of world-class manufacturing R&D facilities, we work with businesses of all sizes and sectors across Scotland, the UK, and beyond to find technology solutions to help them succeed.  

We turn brilliant ideas into reality, and we do it at industry speed. Coming from diverse backgrounds, our passionate team works alongside industry, academia, and the public sector to solve problems, train the next generation of makers, engineers, and inventors, and generate creative ideas that will change how we make things and protect our planet. 

NMIS grew out of the University Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) and includes the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre, Digital FactoryManufacturing Skills Academy and soon to be opened Digital Process Manufacturing Centre.

Our centres

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Advanced Forming Research Centre

A globally recognised centre in forming and forging

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Digital Factory

The future of a fully connected digital manufacturing environment

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Digital Process Manufacturing Centre

Improving productivity, safety and compliance using emerging technologies

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Lightweight Manufacturing Centre

Developing novel lightweight solutions for a net-zero world

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Manufacturing Skills Academy

Upskilling opportunities for the manufacturing and engineering community


We’re helping Scotland become a global leader in manufacturing.  

Collaborating with industry, academia and the public sector, we’re turning smart ideas into reality, delivering ground-breaking research to transform productivity, and supporting the development of a modern and diverse workforce.

Increase productivity

By reducing barriers to innovation and helping companies to think big

Grow the economy

By attracting investment into Scotland and the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS)

Catalyse job creation

Through creating and strengthening supply chain links across the country

Support net-zero goals

To help manufacturers influence and exploit opportunities to boost Scotland’s transition to net-zero by 2045

Inspire and attract talent

To build a skilled workforce for Scotland’s new and emerging markets from climate technology to artificial intelligence, and space


Located next to the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre within the heart of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS), our new 11,500 m2 facility reflects our values and ambitions. It is a space designed for knowledge sharing and innovation. A place that will inspire the big ideas that will change industry, Scotland, and the world.

The NMIS Manufacturing Skills Academy, fully connected Digital Factory, and publicly accessible Collaboration Hub will all be housed within the new NMIS flagship facility, which is leading the way in sustainable design and fully carbon neutral in operation.


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University of Strathclyde

A leading international university set in the heart of Glasgow, Scotland

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High Value Manufacturing Catapult

The HVM Catapult is working with business, research and government to transform UK manufacturing.

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One Scotland Partners

NMIS One Scotland Partners are key public sector organisations that all have active roles and contributions in the delivery of NMIS

Leadership team

Chris Courtney NMIS

Chris Courtney

Chief Executive Officer, National Manufacturing Institute Scotland

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Iain Bomphray NMIS

Iain Bomphray

Director, Lightweight Manufacturing Centre

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Stewart McKinlay NMIS

Stewart McKinlay

Skills Director, Manufacturing Skills Academy

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Coreen McCubbin

Chief Technology Officer, National Manufacturing Institute Scotland

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NMIS Board

Professor Jim McDonald NMIS Board Member

Professor Sir Jim McDonald

Principal, University of Strathclyde

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Stephen McArthur NMIS University of Strathclyde

Stephen McArthur

Associate Principal & Executive Dean of Engineering, University of Strathclyde

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Keith Ridgway - NMIS Senior Team Member

Professor Keith Ridgway

Senior Executive - Manufacturing, University of Strathclyde

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Eileen Russell

Principal Consultant at Ricardo Rail UK Ltd


3 Netherton Square,

85 Inchinnan Dr,

3 Netherton Square,

Located within the Booth Welsh building,
3 Riverside Way,
KA11 5DJ


The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland's (NMIS) leadership team and all of our colleagues are committed to meeting or exceeding customer requirements through compliance with the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 and ISO/IEC 17025:2017.  

Our commitment is to never compromise on the safety, compliance, impartiality, confidentiality, and quality of our research, services, and material testing. See below for our current certificates and accreditations:

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