South Ayrshire To Help Build A Future For Manufacturing

South Ayrshire is set to play a key role in strengthening Scotland’s manufacturing industry, having secured investment from the Advancing Manufacturing Challenge Fund (AMCF).

AMCF supports projects to help small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) develop their manufacturing capabilities.

South Ayrshire Council, together with its partners Ayrshire College, Ayrshire Engineering Alliance and the University of Strathclyde, has been awarded funding from the Advancing Manufacturing Challenge Fund (AMCF) for two significant projects:

Aerospace Digital Visualisation Suite

Just under £1.1 million has been allocated from ERDF and match funding by the Council to develop an Aerospace Digital Visualisation (ADV) Suite, based at the Aeronautical Engineering Training Centre at Ayrshire College’s Ayr Campus.

Using cutting edge virtual reality, augmented reality and digital visualisation, the ADV Suite will assist SMEs to:
• Enter or expand their presence in the aerospace and space supply chain and related sectors
• Test and adopt new innovations and technologies
• Prove concepts and demonstrate capabilities to aerospace OEMs and supply-chain buyers
• Re-design production systems and processes
• Introduce and train current and future workforce in new skill sets
• Achieve significant savings in both the time and cost of live testing

Services on offer at the ADV Suite include:
• Consultation on the suitability of VR/AR for companies (consultancy)
• Development of bespoke VR/AR training solutions (projects)
• Collaborative design projects

Aerospace & Space Supply Chain Programme

Almost £900,000 in ERDF and Council match funding has been allocated to this programme to help SMEs overcome the barriers to entering the Aerospace and Space sectors. It will seek to improve the productivity and competitiveness of SMEs through innovation and the adoption of manufacturing technologies.

The project will identify supply chain opportunities for SMEs to join or grow their business, and support companies to adopt new business processes and manufacturing technologies to ensure they can take advantage of these opportunities.

• Opportunity and capability identification
• Matching of SMEs to OEM opportunities
• Support with the application of technologies / innovations to create cost competitive solutions via NMIS

South Ayrshire Council will be the Lead Organisation to deliver on both projects, with the Steering Group also supported by the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) with colleagues in the Faculty of Engineering in the University of Strathclyde, Ayrshire College, Ayrshire Engineering Alliance, Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service and Scottish Enterprise.

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For more information on South Ayrshire’s funding award from AMCF, see the full News Release here

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