Annex 2 Progress on A Manufacturing Future for Scotland
In 2016, the Manufacturing Action Plan: A Manufacturing Future for Scotland was published setting out how the Scottish Government would work with industry, the enterprise agencies and other key stakeholders to increase investment, innovation and productivity in the sector. Since then considerable progress has been achieved, creating the foundations on which Making Scotland's Future:
A Recovery Plan For Manufacturing will build. This includes:
- The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS), based at the new Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS) at Netherton Farm, Renfrewshire.
- The opening of a Lightweight Manufacturing Centre as a part of the NMIS Group.
- The Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre (MMIC) which will be based next to NMIS, launched by Scottish Enterprise and Innovate UK, in partnership with the University of Strathclyde, the Centre for Process Innovation and two major UK pharmaceutical companies (GSK and AstraZeneca).
- The launch of the Advancing Manufacturing Challenge Fund with up to £15.8 million being invested in 12 innovation projects over the next three years.
- Manufacturing best practice visits (the 'smart excellence programme') for over 300 leaders.
- A review of the Skills Investment Plans by Skills Development Scotland and the development of a new skills plan as part of NMIS.
- An enhanced Circular Economy Support Service from Zero Waste Scotland.
- An advice and support service for energy-intensive manufacturers.
- Capital asset reviews for over 550 manufacturers.
- A 'supply chain experts programme' was piloted over a two-year period and is now being used to inform a new service offering from the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS).
- 180 'Industry 4.0' audits carried out by SMAS.