Advanced Forming Research Centre Our story

Our story begins in the University of Strathclyde’s Department of Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management (DMEM) where we started out with just a handful of staff and big plans.  

Over a decade later, we are still part of DMEM, and now also the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS), operating with over 75 employees in a state of the art facility near Glasgow Airport that is home to some of the world’s most advanced manufacturing technology.

Expanding beyond Scotland, we have opened an office in Sheffield, where we have created a forming and forging forum and are developing strong links with the wider UK forming and forging community. 

Closer to home we are working with global aerospace company Boeing on an £11.8m R&D project at our Metallics Research Centre with Boeing in nearby Westway Park in Renfrew.

70 + Members and Partners  



Key achievements in the life of the AFRC

  • 2008: Founding Members Rolls-Royce, Boeing, Mettis Aerospace and Timet sign Membership agreement
  • 2009: The AFRC is officially launched
  • 2011: First meeting of the High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult takes place at the AFRC
  • 2014: An extension to the original building opens 
  • 2019: The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) is officially launched
  • 2020: The Boeing Scotland Alliance is announced including an £11.8m R&D project between Boeing and the AFRC
  • 2021: The AFRC opens its Sheffield office and welcomes Sheffield Forgemasters as a Tier One Partner 
  • 2021: The Metallics Research Centre with Boeing opens in nearby Westway Park in Renfrew 

5,680 M2 of world leading research space