New capability network will help businesses across Scotland access support and unlock innovation

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The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) has announced the formation of a network that brings together leading Scottish research and innovation, education, and training providers to help unlock manufacturing innovation and drive growth in the sector across the country.

Spanning the length and breadth of Scotland, the network is led by NMIS and includes capability partners such as Borders-based Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland, Tay Cities Engineering Partnership (TCEP) and SeedPod, a £21m investment in the food and drink industry to create a centre of excellence for manufacturing in north-east Scotland.

The network will offer an easy means for manufacturing companies who work with individual partner organisations, to tap into the vast expertise across the entire network. Companies will also be able to access the capability partners’ own networks including the renowned High Value Manufacturing Catapult through NMIS.

Providing an open channel to share knowledge, capability, and ideas, the network is accessible to all organisations across the country who can contribute to creating a sustainable and vibrant future for the Scottish manufacturing and engineering community.

Expanding upon the ability of NMIS to address national and global manufacturing challenges and support the goal of making Scotland a global leader in advanced manufacturing, the announcement comes at a critical time as manufacturers across Scotland are recovering from the impact of COVID-19.

John Reid, NMIS CEO, said: "The NMIS Capability Network makes it easier for companies in the Scottish manufacturing and engineering community to tap into and benefit from world-class expertise and capability.

“This is a crucial moment in time as manufacturers seek to navigate complex situations such as the climate emergency and post pandemic recovery. Now is a time to refocus, embrace innovation and seize the opportunities that so often emerge from challenging times.

"Sitting at the cutting edge of manufacturing innovation, the network partners each have a fundamental part to play in developing tomorrow's manufacturing workforce, improving productivity, and helping companies, and people, in our community prosper."

The NMIS Capability Network includes CENSIS, Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, Energy Skills Partnership, Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland, the Scottish Institute for Remanufacturing, Scottish Research Partnership in Engineering, SeedPod, and Tay Cities Engineering Partnership.

To find out more about the NMIS capability network or to enquire about joining visit NMIS Capability Network | National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS).