National Manufacturing Institute Scotland


As the UK works towards the ambitious targets to reach net-zero emissions between 2045 - 2050, the need for more sustainable manufacturing processes has never been greater.

At NMIS, we help manufacturers of all sizes, and from all sectors, seize the opportunity to realise their net-zero ambitions by making it easier to develop and embrace new technologies while de-risking innovation, and supporting them in their efforts to transition to a low carbon economy.


Our net-zero focus

Our sustainability themes are designed to serve as rallying points for collaborations through research and development that will support the manufacturing community to address climate challenges across industry and wider society. 



As we journey towards net-zero emissions, new product development will be central to easing the transition for both people and businesses. It is imperative businesses are supported as they navigate each stage of the process, from initial design to validation and verification.


Not only can substituting materials for lighter-weight alternatives offer increased efficiency but they can often be effectively repurposed when they reach the end of their life, presenting significant opportunities to reduce global emissions.

Near net shape manufacturing

Near net shape manufacturing refers to processes that aim to design a component close in size and shape to the finished product. Not only can this approach reduce production costs associated with material investment, but it is also integral in reducing waste and, therefore, emissions.


To effectively reduce emissions, we must ensure today's products can be effectively reused with minimal waste. Remanufacturing offers scope for lower manufacturing costs, shorter lead times, and a reduced need for warehouse space.

Resource efficient manufacturing

The efficient use of resources in manufacturing processes coupled with low carbon and low energy manufacturing processes is a significant target across the manufacturing industry, from efficient material processing and the redesign of manufacturing processes to reducing time and increasing efficiency.


As the world turns its attention towards net-zero, a transformative shift in the way we work will be required. From near net shape manufacturing to lightweighting, Scotland is at the forefront of manufacturing innovation but more work must be done to ensure our future workforce is equipped with the skills necessary to put our ideas into action.