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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


ISO 9001 Certificate  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.  


AFRC are exhibiting at a number of events throughout 2016, visit the events page for more information.   

General Information

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

Click here for directions.  

Have you seen our new Video
Take a tour around our £80million Centre showcasing, people, technologies, equipment and capabilities.