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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


Industrial Strategy for UK Metals - help shape the future of metals in the UK. 

Read about our DMG HSC 75 simultaneous 5-axis machine tool and new residual stress measurement equipment that has been installed at the AFRC.  Details can be found in our news page.

We are currently recruiting 2 positions within the Centre.  Full details can be found on our careers page.        


REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the 13th International Cold Forming Congress. 

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

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.