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New Partnership Seeks to Aid Digital Transformation in Scots Industries

Graham Turner


Scottish partnership
Discussions are underway about the creation of a new research centre that will use data to protect key Scottish industries.

The pharmaceuticals, food and chemicals sectors could be the beneficiaries of a new partnership which is seeking to digitise as much of Scottish industry as possible in the push towards net zero.

National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS), North Ayrshire Council and the UK’s Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), have come together with ambitions to not only build the new research centre in Ayrshire, but to launch a series of specialist courses, set to take place this autumn.

The roll-out of these courses, delivered in conjunction with the NMIS Manufacturing Skills Academy, will help Scottish companies to improve their productivity by upskilling their processes and workforces.

The NMIS – Operated by the University of Strathclyde – is an industry-supported group of R&D, innovation and skills facilities, backed by a litany of partners throughout Scotland.


Speaking about the new partnership, NMIS Chief Executive John Reid said: “The industries that make up the process manufacturing sector are of crucial importance to the country’s future prosperity, particularly as we tackle the climate emergency and recover from the pandemic,”

“This partnership is the basis for ensuring that the companies within these industries have readily-available support to help them reap the benefits of data-driven manufacturing such as an increase in productivity and reduction in waste and carbon.

“Starting with offering courses through our Manufacturing Skills Academy, we are aiming to build a solid foundation to help future-proof these key industries.”

The partners say they are working together to help deliver effective digital transformation strategies to other sectors.

News of the partnership comes as work continues on the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre (MMIC), which sees the CPI and Strathclyde collaborate, with the goal of securing the UK’s place as a technological and innovation leader in pharmaceutical manufacturing. The new facility is set to open in Renfrewshire in early 2022.

Professor Sir Jim McDonald, principal and vice-chancellor of the University of Strathclyde, said: “This new partnership with North Ayrshire Council, CPI and the NMIS will help equip companies and employees to develop the skills they need to fully capitalise on these new complex developments in manufacturing and reap the productivity and economic benefits they can bring.”

Graham Turner

Sub Editor

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