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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  
The AFRC houses over £16million 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 AFRC Equipment Brochure.

News & Events


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.

We have 8 vacancies within the Centre.  Visit the Careers Page for further information.  


13th International Cold Forming Congress   

The event will be held on Wednesday 2nd - Friday 4th September 2015 in The Technology and Innovation Centre, Glasgow.  

Over 30 presentations taking place during the 3 day conference.

To register and/or view the latest information on this international event, please visit our International Cold Forming Congress Event Page.  

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.