Boeing and the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) have officially opened a new research and development center at Westway Park in Renfrew, adjacent to Glasgow Airport and in the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland.
The new Metals Research Center is home to a £ 11.8million R&D program in collaboration with the Advanced Forming Research Center (AFRC) at the University of Strathclyde, part of the NMIS group. The project is supported by £ 3.5million in R&D funding from Scottish Enterprise.
“As we recover from the coronavirus pandemic, it is essential that government and industry innovate together to build a stronger, fairer and more sustainable economy,” said Ivan McKee, Scottish Minister for Business, Trade , Tourism and Enterprise, which helped open the building to a small event for partners who support the work. “This project shows that our £ 75million investment in NMIS is already living up to this ambition. Aviation and aerospace have a crucial role to play in the fight against climate change. We are committed to ending Scotland’s contribution to climate change and most importantly ensuring that we do so in a way that is fair and equitable for everyone. “
With the aim of reducing material waste and identifying opportunities to improve the safety, productivity and environmental impact of its aircraft, Boeing and NMIS technical teams are exploring new manufacturing technologies for metal components, building on more than a decade of AFRC R&D, where Boeing is a founding partner.
The project was the first to be announced in early 2020 as part of the Boeing Scotland Alliance, an agreement between Boeing and Scottish Enterprise that explores opportunities to work together in Scotland, with the aim of doubling Boeing’s supply chain and creating 200 new quality jobs in the next five years.
“This opening is significant because it is a sign of the commitment made by Boeing and Scottish Enterprise when we announced the Boeing Scotland Alliance and this R&D program,” said Sir Martin Donnelly, Chairman of Boeing Europe and CEO of Boeing in the UK and Ireland. “The NMIS and Boeing teams worked extremely hard during a global pandemic to get us to this point. Our partnership has a lot to offer for the future of advanced manufacturing and the aerospace industry in Scotland. “
At the adjacent manufacturing district site, construction continues on the new NMIS headquarters which is slated to open later next year, which will include a skills academy, collaboration center and digital factory.
Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Director and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde, said: “The opening of this new R&D facility is an extremely important step for the growth of the advanced manufacturing sector in Scotland and for our long-standing relationship with Boeing. . “