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Welcome to the Advanced Forming Research Centre


The Advanced Forming Reserach 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 part of the UK High Value Manufacturing Catapult established based on support from UK and Scottish Governments in recognition of the importance of manufacturing to the UK economy.

AFRC Equipment  
The Advanced Forming Research Centre 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


We are delighted to announce that Transvalor are the latest AFRC Tier 2 Member.  Please visit Partnership for more information on our Tier 2 members.

We currently have two vacancies - more information can be found on our careers page.        

Forthcoming Events

AFRC will be organising and managing the 13th International Cold Forming Congress on Wednesday 2nd - Friday 4th September 2015 in Glasgow.

To find out more, please visit the Event Page.  

General Information

How to find us?
The Advanced Forming Research Centre 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.