University of Edinburgh: Partnership set to transform manufacturing

A new global centre of excellence is set to transform large-scale manufacturing through innovation and skills development.

The Arrol Gibb Innovation Campus (AGIC), based at Babcock International’s Rosyth facility, will offer organisations access to the latest industrial techniques and technology, innovation advice, and skills development to help them transform their business.

Partnerships
AGIC is a collaboration between the University and key partners including the University of Strathclyde, Fife College, Fife Council, Scottish Enterprise and Skills Development Scotland.

Innovation areas
All partners will lead on different aspects within the innovation centre across five core areas: large-scale advanced manufacturing, composites, robotics, nuclear manufacturing and digital shipbuilding.

Each of these areas will be supported by cross-campus skills development and via an Innovation Incubator aimed at helping businesses to engage in innovative product and process improvements.

Developing skills
A key objective of the innovation centre will be developing the skills of existing clients, and career prospects for apprentices and students.

Access to real-life datasets and state-of-the-art equipment, including the latest digital and data tools, plus world-leading academic research and the latest shop-floor developments, will all be made available.

FASTBLADE launch
The campus’s first facility to open for business is FASTBLADE. Using regenerative hydraulic technology, this test facility is a world first and will offer high-quality, low-cost fatigue testing of lightweight composite structures for research and product development.

I welcome the launch of the Arrol Gibb Innovation Campus, which will support employment and skills, benefit the economy, drive innovation and reinforce Scotland’s position as a global leader in large-scale advanced manufacturing.

Its unique combination of capabilities support Scotland’s National Strategy for Economic Transformation.

Ivan McKee MSP
Scottish Government Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise
Rewarding future
By collaboratively working together with our partners, the campus will create something unique in Scotland that will drive and energise advanced manufacturing.

With an open cooperative approach, the campus will enable users to conceive, test, implement and learn – creating knowledge, IP and digital skills for economic growth. Supporting flexible large-scale advanced manufacturing for energy, shipbuilding and infrastructure sectors, the campus will provide a rewarding future for generations to come.

Sean Donaldson
Managing Director for Babcock’s Rosyth Facility

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