Partnership is core to our way of working that extends from fundamental research through to industry deployment.  

We collaborate with a wide range of academic and industrial partners across the aerospace, nuclear, civil, oil & gas, energy, renewables and robotics sectors.

Our work embraces both Manufacturing (in composites, metal additive manufacture and welding), and Asset Inspection. 


A place where industry, academia and the public sector work together on ground-breaking manufacturing research to transform productivity levels, makes companies more competitive and boost the skills of our current and future workforce.
The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland will see the development of a new world-class facility in Renfrewshire which will work collaboratively with the existing specialist technology centres.



Inspection technology solutions for the 21st century.

A unique membership-based collaboration between industry and academia to match Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) research to the needs of industry, supporting new approaches to inspection and quality control across a broad range of sectors.


Descended from the British Welding Research Association (BWRA), TWI have grown into one of the foremost independent research and technology organisations.

TWI span innovation, knowledge transfer and problem resolution across all aspects of welding, joining, surface engineering, inspection and whole-life integrity management.


The ANRC work with academic and industrial partners from the UK and international nuclear community to enable them to improve operations and extend the life of existing nuclear installations.

ANRC apply research and expertise to address life cycle costs and support nuclear power as a key element of net-zero.


Spirit AeroSystems is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of aerostructures for commercial airplanes, defense platforms, and business/regional jets.

With expertise in aluminum and advanced composite manufacturing solutions, the company’s core products include fuselages, integrated wings and wing components, pylons, and nacelles.

Also, Spirit serves the aftermarket for commercial and business/regional jets. Headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, Spirit has facilities in the U.S., U.K., France, Malaysia and Morocco..


Babcock is an international aerospace, defence and security company.

They have a leading naval business, and provide value-add services across the UK, France, Canada, Australasia and South Africa. They also operate in, and export to, additional markets.

Their strategy is to focus on core activities in the UK, using their capabilities to work on exports from the UK and to develop their international presence in target countries. 


KUKA is a global automation corporation with sales of around 2.6 billion euro and roughly 14,000 employees.

The company is headquartered in Augsburg, Germany. As one of the world’s leading suppliers of intelligent automation solutions, KUKA offers customers everything they need from a single source: from robots and cells to fully automated systems and their networking in markets such as automotive, electronics, metal & plastic, consumer goods, e-commerce/retail and healthcare.


PEAK NDT develop world leading ultrasonic phased array systems to enable the latest ultrasonic imaging algorithms to be deployed by end users. 


PPS develop tactile sensors for contact pressure measurement and mapping across many applications: product design to process optimization, and R&D.

Over the past 20 years, PPS tactile sensor technology has delivered valuable information to countless organizations, engineers, researchers, and designers.

PPS tactile sensor systems stand out as the most sensitive, repeatable, and conformable on the market. 


WAAM3D have developed state-of-the-art WAAM additive manufacturing technologies that help their customers create outstanding AM solutions for large-scale industrial metal components.

WAAM3D have experience of creating components for the aerospace, energy, marine and mining industries. They also support a number of Catapult centres and other research bodies that are working on the latest innovations in manufacturing.

SEARCH is based at The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow

  • Asset Inspection
  • In-process NDE
  • Manufacturing