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Welcome to the Advanced Forming Research Centre


The Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) is a collaborative venture between the University of Strathclyde, Scottish Enterprise, the UK Government and leading multinational engineering firms.

The £80 million facility focuses on developing forming and forging technologies to support the development of high integrity components.  

The AFRC is one of 7 elite centres that form the UK High Value Manufacturing Catapult which is the catalyst for the future growth and success of manufacturing in the UK.  

AFRC Equipment 

Did you know that the AFRC has over £25 million worth of equipment, built to industry specification?

It has 8 laboratories and 2 workshops where we can heat, shape, finish, measure, test and analyse a variety of metal parts and components.  

To find out more about the laboratories, workshops and equipment, visit our equipment page or download our equipment brochure .

Latest News

World-renowned expert appointed to lead the AFRC

Interim CEO appointed at the AFRC

CEO of Siemens UK visits the AFRC

Four AFRC employees achieve Chartered Engineer status

The AFRC welcomes new partnership with DMG Mori 


Are you interested in a career at the AFRC?

Visit our careers page for further information.  


The AFRC is delighted to be a SMAS Conference 2016 Silver Sponsor.  

Visit our events page for more information on the conference.

Get in touch


Tel: +44 (0)141 534 5200

The AFRC is located next to Glasgow International Airport. 

Click here for directions.  

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Take a tour around our £80million centre showcasing, people, technologies, equipment and capabilities.