22 June 2022

Scotland to welcome new digital tech centre

New facility will focus on process industries.

Artist impression of the DPMC © NMIS

The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) Group, operated by the University of Strathclyde, has announced it will open a new technology centre in Ayrshire in partnership with North Ayrshire Council and deep tech innovation organisation, CPI.

The centre includes a digital demonstration laboratory and aims to provide hands on experience of industry 4.0 technologies across the pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, food and drink, chemicals, water, commercial goods industries, initially supported by a team of six NMIS engineers and researchers.

It will be the first time the Scottish Government backed NMIS Group has opened a centre outside of Renfrewshire’s Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS) where it operates out of the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) and Lightweight Manufacturing Centre (LMC) and will soon open its new headquarters.

Keith Ridgway, Executive Chair, National Manufacturing Institute Scotland said, ‘Opening our first centre outside of Renfrewshire also demonstrates that we are here to support manufacturers, wherever they are. From fish processing factories in Peterhead looking to become more resource efficient and cut costs, to Ayrshire pharmaceuticals businesses that want to explore data control and analytics to become more competitive, the Digital Process Manufacturing Centre can help.’

The new centre is set to open its doors later this year.