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New centre transforming access to technical support and specialist equipment in Highlands

Monday the 15th November saw the official opening of the West Highland College UHI Advanced Manufacturing Centre in Fort William by Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Economy, Ms Kate Forbes.

The centre is part of the National Manufacturing Challenge Fund which is a partnership between the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands & Islands Enterprise.

The state of the art facility allows businesses from across the region to access its services for free.

Highlands and Islands Manager, Grant Campbell was at the launch catching up with our members in the region. He welcomed the project as:

“A revolutionary opportunity for local businesses to trial and adopt advanced technologies through education, upskilling and innovation.”

The AMC is part of a project to provide small to medium-sized businesses in the West Highlands access to advanced manufacturing technology and expertise free of charge. The centre offers:

  • Access to manufacturing equipment including 3D printing, 3D scanning, CAD, CAM, machining and an Industry 4.0 suite. They can manufacture to order or deliver portable equipment to your site and provide training.
  • Support from their highly experienced team across a range of research, design and project management issues and technical advice.
  • A risk-free ‘sandpit environment’ where businesses can delve into problems and uncover innovative solutions without needing to invest in equipment.
  • A unique facility for businesses operating in remote communities away from the Central Belt.