National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS)

Location: Scotland


The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) is a group of industry-led manufacturing research and development (R&D), innovation and skills facilities supported by a network of partners across Scotland, all working together to transform the future of manufacturing.

The group has a national mandate to create and deliver inspiring, sustainable and translational research and skills for all by accelerating innovation in the manufacturing community.

NMIS is operated by the University of Strathclyde. It is supported by the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Island Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, Renfrewshire Council and the Scottish Funding Council. It is part of the UK’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

Key strengths and unique capabilities

  • Power module integration and packaging design and manufacture  
  • Thermal management.
  • Novel materials, design and manufacture of lightweight, multi-functional structural components for electrical machines and cryogenic propulsion systems (metallic and composite solutions) 
  • Sustainable design and manufacture of electrical machines for a circular economy 
  • Data analytics and lifetime prediction supported by connectivity and digitisation 
  • Future architectures adaptation considering maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) requirements 
  • Automated manufacture and assembly with in-line inspection. 
  • Formability assessment and method of manufacture for high Si content electrical steels
  • Microstructure and texture modelling, prediction and optimisation
  • Additive manufacturing of high Si content electrical steels.

Design, characterisation and manufacture of industrial-scale superconducting and non-superconducting windings. 

Intelligent digital control systems design and method of manufacture.  

NMIS includes the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), a globally-recognised centre of excellence in innovative manufacturing technologies, R&D, and metal forming and forging research.


Unique UK capability to manufacture and test industrial-scale windings for superconducting and cryogenic propulsion demonstrator systems through coupling electrical and manufacturing expertise at the University of Strathclyde. 

Ranging from the latest in additive manufacturing to advances in cold forming, AFRC’s combination of world class technical and design expertise brings real cost and sustainability benefits. 

A full suite of characterisation equipment, chosen for its ability to replicate strain rates, deformation rates and temperatures across full-scale industrial forging and forming equipment. ISO 17025 accredited laboratory for evaluating, understanding and managing residual stress within manufacturing, benefitting from access to industrial equipment and modelling expertise. 

A centre focusing on working with and developing novel lightweight solutions to help manufacturing businesses face and overcome the challenges of the modern-day world. Accelerating innovative technologies along the technology readiness level scale, from fundamental research to production readiness in an operational environment. 

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