Sharing in Growth’s operations executive Malcolm James shared a speaking platform with Scotland’s First Minister, the Right Honourable Nicola Sturgeon MSP, at the launch of a £8.9m Lightweight Manufacturing Centre.
SiG currently has six beneficiaries in Scotland and Malcolm was invited to explain the opportunities and benefits of the SiG programme to an audience of aerospace primes and suppliers as well as government bodies and the hosts – the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC).
Also speaking were Boeing, Spirit AeroSystems and Rolls-Royce.
Announcing the investment at Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre at Inchinnan, which will run the new Centre, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it was a first step towards creating a National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland.
Speaking to an audience of 75 companies at the AFRC, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “A vibrant and innovative manufacturing base is critical to Scotland’s economic success and to creating skilled employment opportunities for the future.
“The Lightweight Manufacturing Centre will help Scottish businesses take advantage of the fact that sectors such as aerospace and the automotive industry are making more and more use of lightweight materials. It will deliver cutting edge research and development projects with and for companies in Scotland.
“Scotland enjoys resources few nations can match, including one of the most highly-educated workforces in Europe, a long-standing reputation for excellence in innovation and engineering and an internationally-regarded brand.
“The Scottish Government will continue to do all we can to support growth in the Scottish economy, including the Small Business Bonus taking 100,000 business premises out of rates altogether, investing in our £6 billion infrastructure plan and delivering £200m of investment through the Scottish-European Growth Co-investment Programme – the first tranche of investment through the Scottish Growth Scheme.”
Aerospace suppliers who are eligible to join the UK-wide Sharing in Growth programme should apply here.