Boeing invests in Scotland

2019/20 was a great year for manufacturing investment in Scotland. Over the year, the AFRC’s success has spurred investment in a larger National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS), of which the AFRC forms a vital part. This development has already seen the opening of the AFRC’s sister centre, the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre, nearby to its Renfrewshire facility.  Planning permission has also been granted for the new flagship NMIS facility, which will feature a skills academy, fully digitalised factory of the future and collaboration hub.

Drawn by the Centre’s expertise and this expansion, Boeing announced a £11.8m R&D collaboration with the AFRC in March 2020. This project is a perfect example of drawing international excellence to the Centre, seeing the aerospace giant establish a Scotland based R&D team as part of its strategic agreement with Scottish Enterprise.


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