Globally recognised research centre

The Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) is a globally recognised centre of excellence in metal forming research, manufacturing technologies and innovation. We’re at the heart of Scotland’s manufacturing research and development sector, and just 34 miles from Prestwick Aerospace campus.

High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult

In 2011 the UK Government set up the HVM Catapult to act as the catalyst for growth and success of UK advanced manufacturing; aiming to turn ideas into commercial reality, bridging the gap between academia and industry.

The AFRC is one of seven catapult centres across the UK, the only one in Scotland. The centres offer businesses of all sizes and from all sectors access to world-class equipment, expertise and collaborative working opportunities.

We can help your organisation grow

At the AFRC, we support manufacturing businesses of all shapes and sizes, helping them to increase their competitiveness through taking a structured approach to innovation.  We de-risk and accelerate the introduction of new technologies, materials and processes and help companies turn the art of innovation into a science.

The challenges of small and medium sized businesses can be much more varied and differ significantly from those faced by their larger counterparts.  In a drive to support and bolster small and medium sized manufacturers, regardless of industry, we also have a team solely dedicated to supporting the development of small and medium sized enterprises.