Skills development will be a core component of the Arrol Gibb Innovation Campus (AGIC), a “global center of excellence” seeking to transform large-scale manufacturing.
Based at Babcock International’s Rosyth facility near Edinburgh, the new center will provide access to the latest industrial technologies and techniques for small and medium-sized businesses working in the maritime, nuclear and energy transition sectors.
Whether for companies, apprentices or students looking for skill enhancements, everyone will be offered access to real datasets and state-of-the-art equipment, including the latest digital and data tools, as well as world-leading academic research and developments in the workshop.
Advice and office space will also be offered.
The goal is to develop pioneering skills across five core capabilities at one site: large-scale advanced manufacturing, composites, robotics, nuclear manufacturing, and digital shipbuilding.
These will be supported by cross-campus skills development and an innovation incubator, for both start-ups and existing businesses seeking product and process improvements.
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In addition to Babcock International, collaborators on the initiative are the universities of Edinburgh and Strathclyde, Fife College, Fife Council, Scottish Enterprise and Skills Development Scotland.
“By working in partnership with our partners, the campus will create something unique in Scotland that will drive and energize advanced manufacturing,” said Sean Donaldson, MD of Babcock’s Rosyth office.
“With an open cooperative approach, the campus will enable users to conceive, test, implement and learn, creating knowledge, IP and digital skills for economic growth. By supporting large-scale flexible advanced manufacturing for the energy, shipbuilding and infrastructure sectors, the campus will provide a rewarding future for generations to come.
The first facility of the new development is already welcoming its first customers, ahead of its official opening in May. FASTBLADEdeveloped by the University of Edinburgh, it is considered the first test facility to use regenerative hydraulic technology to offer high quality, low cost fatigue testing of lightweight composite structures for research and product development.
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