Arrol Gibb Innovation Campus aims to transform large-scale manufacturing


Strathclyde is a partner in a global center of excellence to transform large-scale manufacturing through innovation and skills development that has launched in south-east Scotland.

Based at Babcock International’s facilities in Rosyth, the Arrol Gibb Innovation Campus (AGIC) will serve a range of small and medium-sized businesses in the marine, nuclear and energy transition sectors, providing access to the latest techniques and technologies industrial, industrial and office. space, innovation consulting and skills development.

AGIC is a collaboration between the University, Babcock International, University of Edinburgh, Fife College, Fife Council, Scottish Enterprise and Skills Development Scotland.

Basic skill

The partners are developing leading expertise in five core capabilities on one site: advanced large-scale manufacturing, composites, robotics, nuclear manufacturing and digital shipbuilding. These five are supported by cross-campus skills development and an innovation incubator for start-ups and existing businesses looking to engage in innovative product and process improvements.

A key part of AGIC’s offering is skills development, for clients, as a stand-alone service for businesses, and for apprentices and students in schools, colleges and universities. AGIC will provide access to real world datasets and state-of-the-art equipment, including the latest digital and data tools, as well as cutting-edge academic research and the latest workshop developments.

Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Vice-Chancellor and Director of Strathclyde, said: “As a leading international technology university with deep and large-scale strategic industry collaborations, we are proud of our close links with a wide range business and academic partners.

This new innovation campus will allow researchers and industry to work together and will build on our strategic partnership with Babcock to develop and deliver innovation through world-class projects.

“This complements the work being done within the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland Group operated by Strathclyde and will give our scholars and students new opportunities to be at the forefront of cutting-edge developments in advanced engineering and manufacturing.”

Ivan McKee MSP, Scottish Government Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise, said: “I welcome the launch of the Arrol Gibb Innovation Campus, which will support jobs and skills, benefit economy, drive innovation and strengthen Scotland’s position as a global player. leader in large-scale advanced manufacturing.

“Its unique combination of capabilities supports Scotland’s national strategy for economic transformation.”

rewarding future

Sean Donaldson, General Manager of Babcock’s Rosyth factory, said: “Working together with our partners, the campus will create something unique in Scotland that will stimulate and energize advanced manufacturing. With an open cooperative approach, the campus will enable users to design, test, implement and learn – creating knowledge, intellectual property and digital skills for economic growth.

“Supporting large-scale, flexible advanced manufacturing for the energy, shipbuilding and infrastructure sectors, the campus will provide a rewarding future for generations to come.


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