Fife business launches global centre of excellence

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A global centre of excellence aiming to transform large-scale manufacturing through innovation and skills development has been launched in Fife.

Based at Babcock International’s Rosyth facility, the Arrol Gibb Innovation Campus (AGIC) will serve a range of small to medium-sized enterprises in the marine, nuclear and energy-transition sectors.

It will offer access to the latest industrial techniques and technology, industrial and office space, innovation advice and skills development.

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AGIC is a collaboration between Babcock International, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Strathclyde, Fife College, Fife Council and Scottish Enterprise and Skills Development Scotland.

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Collectively, they are developing leading expertise in five core capabilities on one site: large-scale advanced manufacturing, composites, robotics, nuclear manufacturing and digital shipbuilding.

They five are supported by cross-campus skills development and an Innovation Incubator for start-up businesses and existing businesses looking to engage in innovative product and process improvements.

The campus’s first facility to open for business is FASTBLADE - the world’s first test facility that uses regenerative hydraulic technology to offer high-quality, low-cost fatigue testing of lightweight composite structures for research and product development.

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It welcomes its first customers, testing composite blades for tidal energy turbines, later this month.

Ivan McKee MSP, Scottish Government Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise, said: “I welcome the launch of the Arrol Gibb Innovation Campus, which will support employment and skills, benefit the economy, drive innovation and reinforce Scotland’s position as a global leader in large-scale advanced manufacturing.”

Sean Donaldson, managing director for Babcock’s Rosyth Facility, said: “The campus will create something unique in Scotland that will drive and energise advanced manufacturing. “