National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS)

A place where industry, academia and the public sector collaborate on ground-breaking manufacturing research to transform productivity, make companies more competitive and boost workforce skills.

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National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS)



The future of manufacturing in Scotland

The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland is developing a new world-class facility in Renfrewshire including a Digital Factory and Manufacturing Skills Academy that will align with its specialist technology centres.

The Manufacturing Skills Academy

Transforming the manufacturing workforce through upskilling and readying future generations for a life in industry.

The Lightweight Manufacturing Centre

Working with and developing novel lightweight solutions to help manufacturing businesses face and overcome the challenges of the modern-day world.

The University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre

A globally recognised centre of excellence in innovative manufacturing technologies, R&D, and metal forming and forging research.

R&D projects

engagements with small to medium enterprises

free training opportunities

NMIS works with manufacturing businesses of all sizes from across Scotland, the wider UK and beyond.

It provides access to innovative technologies, engineering expertise and a vast network of world-leading industry and academic experts and collaborators.

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Lightweight battery concept drives down emissions

The new concept is not only highly cost effective and sustainable but is now ready for transformation into an industry demonstrator.

3 February 2022


Immersive tech trains global health heroes from their homes

Immersive technology has been used to help train surgeons who faced reduced learning opportunities due to COVID-19 restrictions.

3 February 2022


Go with the flow – saving material and time with a forging alternative

Forging may be considered the ‘gold standard’ of production methods for high pressure and high temperature sectors but it can mean material wastage of up to 80%.

3 February 2022


A new £250m PPE supply chain

Like other parts of the UK, Scotland’s critical NHS supply chains were under extreme pressure in 2020. The NMIS-AFRC stepped forward, as part of a Scottish Government led working group, to make sure that supplies were maintained.

3 February 2022


Attracting global firms to Renfrewshire

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.

3 February 2022


Building up the Scottish 3D-printing supply chain

Additive manufacturing (or 3D-printing) is a transformative approach to manufacturing that allows companies to develop complex shapes which often can’t be created by any other process.

3 February 2022

Contact us

The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland Group facilities are all located within the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS) in Renfrewshire.

For any enquiries related to the NMIS Group please contact:

Telephone: 0141 534 5200



NMIS (Netherton) – Digital Factory & Manufacturing Skills Academy
3 Netherton Square

NMIS (Advanced Forming Research Centre)
Advanced Forming Research Centre
85 Inchinnan Drive

NMIS (Lightweight Manufacturing Centre)
Block E
Westway Business Park
Porterfield Rd

NMIS (Sheffield)
Advanced Forming Research Centre
University of Strathclyde
Unit G2 / Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park
14 Leeds Road
S9 3TY

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