Smart Hub Lanarkshire to launch
Smart Hub Lanarkshire - a partnership between North Lanarkshire Council, New College Lanarkshire and the University of Strathclyde - is £900k state-of-the-art centre that will help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the manufacturing sector to grow and prepare for the future and is set to open in Motherwell later this month.
It will be home to a robotics and automation training facility and provide dedicated space for SMEs to meet, learn and access business support and academic expertise. The Hub will be located at New College Lanarkshire’s Motherwell Campus.
The Hub will offer a range of activities to support manufacturing SMEs within Lanarkshire and beyond, from one-to-one sessions to larger events. It will deliver regular technology demonstration and training sessions including use of collaborative robots (co-bots), automation and 3D printing. It will raise awareness of how manufacturing SMEs can use robotics and automation, and help plan for modernisation and digitisation to improve efficiency, boost productivity and grow exports.
The Hub will ‘virtually’ open with an online launch event on Friday 30 April, where delegates will be able to meet the team, preview the robotics demonstration space, hear from automation experts and learn about the support available.
Initially, the Hub will offer webinars and online demonstrations, with the aim of physically opening its doors in the summer.
The Hub is one of 12 projects to be awarded a share of £15.8m of funding from the Scottish Government through the Advancing Manufacturing Challenge Fund. The overall aim of the fund is to advance the manufacturing capabilities of Scottish SMEs and lead to long-term transformational change.
New College Lanarkshire will provide access to the advanced technologies and regular opportunities for SMEs to engage in quality skills training and development. The College will also work with local schools to raise awareness and engage pupils with manufacturing and give them the opportunity to develop their skills by using the technologies within the Smart Hub.
North Lanarkshire Council will bring dedicated, sector focused business support to the table and will build on the work of its Enterprise team, which supports businesses locally.
The University of Strathclyde will bring its leading research and development capabilities through its Faculty of Engineering and Department of Design, Manufacturing and Engineering Management to the Hub. Strathclyde will also provide a link, as its operator, to the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS), which will help smaller manufacturing businesses engage with the Hub as well as academia and the wider research and development support network around the country.
Registrations for the virtual Smart Hub Lanarkshire Launch event on 30 April must be made in advance. SMEs will be able to:
- Meet the team behind the new £900k Hub facility
- Preview the Hub's Robotics demonstration space
- Learn about upcoming industry specific events and 1-2-1 support available
- Hear from a leading Scottish automation industry specialist providing robotics solutions to businesses of all sizes
- Access insights from a SME on the investment and automation journey
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