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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 £35million 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's specifications.

We have 8 Laboratories and 2 Workshops where we can heat, shape, finish, measure, test and analyse a variety of metal parts and components.  

To see the laboratories, workshops and equipment, please download our new AFRC Equipment Brochure.

News & Events


AFRC launches funding competition aimed at accelerating research adn technology development of relevance to manufacturing innovation and industrial impact.  Visit the Funding Competition Page for further information.  

ISO 9001 Certificate  - In June 2015, AFRC successfully completed its ISO 9001:2008 stage 2 audit and the centre has now been awarded accreditation to the international quality standard by the British Standards Institute.

Are you interested in a career at AFRC?  Visit the Careers Page for further information.  


Formed in the UK2 - Wednesday 2 December 2015 @ AFRC

Following on from the success of Formed in the UK, held in Coventry in 2013, FitUK2 will provide an update on the status of research activities and industrial challenges associated with metal forming across the UK.  This seminar will feature invited presentations from leading academic institutes and major OEMs in the Automotive, Oil & Gas, Aerospace and Defence sectors.

For information on who should attend, please visit our Events page.

Further information on the event including the programme, exhibition & sponsorship opportunities and details on how to register can be found on The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining website.   

General Information

How to find us?
The AFRC is located on Inchinnan Business Park, close to Glasgow Airport. 

Click here for directions.  

AFRC Video
Showcasing technologies and capabilities within the Advanced Forming Research Centre and the work executed to benefit the UK Manufacturing industry.