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Scottish Engineering Conference 2019: Supporting Scotland's engineering and manufacturing industry

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National Manufacturing Institution to be built in Scotland

It has been confirmed that a new £65m ‘National Manufacturing Institute’ is to be built near Glasgow International Airport, Scotland’s First Minister has announced.

The National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland (NMIS) will provide support for businesses throughout the country, and aims to attract investment.

The announcement was made during First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Economy Secretary Keith Brown’s visit to Rolls-Royce's manufacturing facility in Inchinnan.

Nicola Sturgeon added: "This exciting facility 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.

"The manufacturing jobs of the future offer exciting and rewarding careers for young people. We want to inspire them to work in this sector and revive Scotland's proud tradition of manufacturing and engineering."

She continued: "Inchinnan provides a gateway to the world through proximity to the airport and revives Scotland's proud tradition of manufacturing and engineering.

"Although the centre will sit on the Clydeside, the benefits will be felt throughout Scotland."

The Scottish Government will invest £48 million in NMIS with a further £8 million pledged by the University of Strathclyde.

Renfrewshire Council will provide a further £39.1 million through the Glasgow City Region Deal to support wider infrastructure work at the site.

Mr Brown said: "Manufacturing is a key industry, already accounting for 52% of Scotland's international exports, and nearly £600m of Scotland's spend on business research and development.

"Our investment in NMIS builds on our support for the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre and will support that and our ambitious target of doubling business expenditure on research and development by 2025."

Professor Sir Jim McDonald, University of Strathclyde principal and vice-chancellor, added: "Today's announcement marks the beginning of a new chapter for Scottish manufacturing, building on a great tradition of innovation."

Glasgow Chamber of Commerce chief executive Stuart Patrick said: “We have long believed there should be a much greater role for manufacturing in our economy.

"We very much welcome the announcement of the National Manufacturing Institute’s arrival in Renfrewshire, next to Glasgow Airport.

"We are confident it can help attract new business investment, stimulate a fresh approach to growing manufacturing in Scotland and benefit very many of our member companies. This is a good step to re-emphasising our engineering prowess.”

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