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NMIS Unveils Location for £11.8m Boeing Research Programme

Ross Kelly

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The announcement comes a year after the official opening of the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre at Westway Park.

The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) has announced it has signed a lease on a facility to house its research programme with Boeing.

Located at Westway Park in Renfrew, the sites will be used for the NMIS’ £11.8 million research and development programme with the global aerospace firm. The project is part-funded by Scottish Enterprise, with Boeing contributing £3.5 million.

At more than sixty thousand square feet, the space will be refurbished to accommodate the personnel and equipment needed for the programme. It will also house state-of-the-art engineering equipment to be used in projects with other manufacturing businesses.

Boeing confirmed it has hired a team to work on the programme and personnel are expected to be on-site later this year.

John Reid, chief executive of NMIS, commented: “This facility is a significant step not only in the development of the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland but also in bolstering the future of manufacturing across the country post lockdown.

“We are delighted to be bringing Boeing to Scotland at this time to work on such a critical project with our team and play a crucial role in developing the aerospace supply chain across the country for generations to come.”

The programme will explore how innovative manufacturing processes and technologies can help reduce material waste and improve safety, productivity and environmental impact.

The Boeing Scotland Alliance was set up to explore opportunities to work together in Scotland with the aim of doubling Boeing’s supply chain in the country.

Long-term it is believed the deal could be worth tens of millions of pounds to the Scottish economy and create 200 new quality jobs over the next five years.

Sir Martin Donnelly, President of Boeing Europe and Managing Director of Boeing UK&I, said: “We announced our broader Boeing Scotland Alliance with Scottish Enterprise in March at the AFRC because this R&D programme was a cornerstone of that agreement.

“Seeing such progress with the signing of this lease amid the challenges of 2020 is a testament to the teams involved and a precursor of what we know we will achieve through the talent and resources found in the Glasgow City Region and throughout Scotland.”

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Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, welcomed the announcement as a positive step in Scotland’s economic recovery in the wake of Covid-19.

She said: “Manufacturing has a major role to play in helping to build the economic recovery in Scotland, and we are working hard to secure a successful, vibrant and diverse future for the sector.

“Innovation, research and development are vital to that, so I am delighted to see this partnership between Boeing and NMIS moving to the next level.

“By encouraging this kind of investment in Scotland, we can help to secure high-value jobs that will bring real value to the economy.”

Ross Kelly

Staff Writer

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