New Lightweighting Research Center

By on September 29, 2019 in IN THE NEWS

Scotland opened an $11-million center to help companies with lightweight manufacturing technology. The Lightweight Manufacturing Centre will focus on developing lighter, more efficient components for high-value industries, including automotive, aerospace, renewable energy, marine, and oil and gas.

The University of Strathclyde operates the center, which is the first step toward establishing the $80-million National Manufacturing Institute Scotland, whose purpose will be to make the country a leader in advanced manufacturing.

On opening the center, temporarily located in the Doosan Babcock facility in Renfrew, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said, “Our ambition is to build on Scotland’s long history of innovation and be seen as modern inventors and producers, rather than just consumers of goods. It’s really important— as technology rapidly advances—that our economy follows suit.”

University of Strathclyde professor Sir Jim McDonald added, “Lightweighting technology holds huge promise for a wide range of sectors, from making aircraft and vehicles lighter and more energy efficient, to improving renewable-energy technology performance and developing the next generation of materials for health care.”

“The new center provides the skills and services needed to place Scottish industry at the forefront of lightweight manufacturing, helping companies of all sizes compete globally,” he said.