An internationally-renowned technology expert is to lead the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC).

Professor Keith Ridgway CBE has been appointed as executive chairman of the AFRC – a core partner of the UK High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVMC).

Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal of the University, said: “I am delighted to welcome Keith to his new role. I look forward to working closely with him, as we drive Strathclyde’s leadership position in manufacturing research and innovation across a range of sectors including aerospace, oil and gas, renewables, nuclear, automotive and marine.”

This significant appointment further strengthens Strathclyde’s capability to support the UK and Scottish Governments’ plans to grow high-value manufacturing (HVM). In particular, Professor Ridgway will provide leadership to grow the enhanced UK regional model for HVM Catapult and will work with Strathclyde’s senior team to support the delivery of the Scottish Government’s emerging strategy on manufacturing.

The AFRC is a core partner of the UK HVMC. The HVMC represents a major strategic investment in manufacturing innovation on behalf of the UK government, which has seen seven leading centres of manufacturing excellence brought together as a collaborative entity, placing each as a national centre of excellence.