Six miles west of Glasgow, on former greenfield next to Glasgow Airport, the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS), led by Renfrewshire Council is coming to life.

The is now home to an £11.8 million R&D programme with the world’s largest aerospace company, Boeing. The programme, run by the AFRC has already seen the company hire a team to work at a newly refurbished facility set to formally open in Autumn 2021.

Already home to the AFRC and Lightweight Manufacturing Centre, both part of the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland, as well as renowned manufacturing companies including Rolls-Royce and Thermo Fisher, the newly formed 52-hectare district has the flagship NMIS HQ site at its heart.

The new district is the result of collaboration between industry, academia and the public sector and sees two of the HVM Catapult’s Centres working side-by-side. Next-door to the new NMIS HQ facility will sit CPI’s Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre (MMIC), a collaboration between the Centre, University of Strathclyde and Scottish Enterprise which is bringing the pharmaceutical giants GSK and AstraZeneca to the region.

Forging new relationships with both industrial leaders and local communities alike, HVM Catapult’s presence in Renfrewshire is bringing tangible benefits to the region and Scotland as a whole.

“[The National Manufacturing Insitute Scotland] will be an industry-led international centre of manufacturing expertise. Research, industry and the public sector will work together to transform skills, productivity and innovation, attracting investment and making Scotland a global leader in advanced manufacturing. It will help companies right across Scotland embrace new manufacturing techniques, support cutting edge research and help to further develop the skills of our workforce.” 

Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland

​“Backed with £13 million of government funding, [the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre] is the first of its kind and will significantly boost our domestic medicines manufacturing capability to ensure we are prepared for any future health crises.”

Nadhim Zahawi MP, Minister for COVID Vaccine Deployment, UK Government

Back to Annual Review