The Advanced Forming Research Centre is a globally-recognised centre of excellence in innovative manufacturing technologies, R&D, and metal forming and forging research.

We work with all types of organisations: from global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) all the way through to local manufacturing companies.

We’re at the heart of Scotland’s manufacturing research and development sector and are the country’s only High Value Manufacturing Catapult centre; one of only seven in the UK.

Manufacturing has never been more important to the success and growth of the UK and is integral to the country’s growth objectives – from helping to rebalance the economy to contributing to the UK’s export market. As part of our Helping Britain Prosper Plan, we committed to provide a total of £4 billion in funding support to the manufacturing industry in the four years to December 2017. We are proud to have delivered this commitment six months ahead of target in June 2017.

Bank of Scotland understands that manufacturing businesses have unique banking needs. Whether it’s assisting with cash flow needs, financing growth to build new supply chains, improving efficiency, or helping to penetrate new markets, our manufacturing trained managers can provide guidance to help find the most appropriate plan.

Booth Welsh is a digitalisation technology company with a strong background in electrical, control systems and instrumentation.

We are interested in collaborating with companies to win, execute and operate projects that would benefit from digitalisation and industry 4.0 technologies. It is our aim to work with you to give you a competitive edge, embracing modern technologies and connecting your operations.

Business Gateway provides assistance and impartial advice to people starting or growing their business.

It is a publicly funded service and has an important role to play in improving the prospects and opportunities for Scottish businesses by providing access to business support services nationally and free of charge.

The dedicated teams offer a bespoke service tailored to the needs of the business.  Offering a combination of online assistance, fully funded local workshops, events, the opportunity to access a wide range of professional support services, resources and tools to encourage the development of sustainable strategies for growth.

Business Loans Scotland is a consortium of Scotland’s local authorities, providing loan finance up to £100,000 to new and growing small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) across Scotland. Our aim is to ensure that good, commercially viable proposals do not fail from a lack of access to finance.

Additionally, we want to encourage and support the creation, development and growth of businesses, aiding the potential for expansion of trade both within and outwith Scotland. This will in turn be able to contribute to, and strengthen, the local and national economy in terms of jobs, growth and wealth.

CeeD is a peer to peer membership body of industry and academia focussed on engineering, manufacturing and the supply chain.

Set up in 2006 and operating across Scotland, CeeD shares best practice and learning through clinic events and network connections.

CeeD’s activities are driven by the members’ agend, highlighting the challenges they face or the best practice and solutions they can showcase. Common themes include planned maintenance and lean manufacturing techniques, energy, waste, training, marketing, health and safety, product innovation and people development.

Growth 500 is CeeD’s packaged programme of relevant business topics delivered across eight days over a nine month period and is open to all member companies.

Cofficient helps customers to build intelligent businesses that have the right information to make better decisions; the flexibility to deal with the future and the growth, as well as getting value.

We provide cloud software solutions that simplify the complex and enable customers to achieve more.

We design, build, implement and support businesses so they can realise their competitive advantage and to be more successful.

Designed by engineers for engineers and incorporating 20 years’ best practice, E-Max Systems provides powerful, flexible, affordable ERP software. Optimised for manufacturing and engineering SMEs, our software is proven to facilitate business growth.

E-Max ERP is an Enquiry to Invoice software application and includes functionality rarely offered in off-the-shelf software packages. Fully designed, developed and supported in-house, E-Max ERP can be easily tailored to meet our customers’ exact requirements.

With E-Max ERP you’ll finally have all your data in one place, meaning you can make informed decisions to increase workplace efficiency and cost savings.

Eurofins York (formerly York EMC Services) is a trusted provider of Services and Products that enable manufacturers to place their products on the Global Market in an efficient and cost effective manner. We have three UKAS accredited testing laboratories No. 1574 located near Leeds, Bristol and in Grangemouth providing easy access for UK manufacturers.

Services our laboratories can provide include accredited EMC, electrical safety, EMF, Radio and Medical testing, as well as on-site electromagnetic testing.  In addition, our experienced engineers offer a comprehensive range of electromagnetic consultancy services and training programmes.

As part of the growing network of Eurofins laboratories we also offer a wide range of additional product testing services through us as a single point of contact.

Fuel High Performance IT has been implementing ERP solutions throughout Ireland and Scotland for a number of years.

As a result of this success, both Sage and SAP now recognise Fuel as a business partner with the highest degree of knowledge and expertise in implementing software solutions.

Fuel based in County Armagh, Northern Ireland and in Tontine in Glasgow’s Merchant City continually work with their software partners to develop cutting edge advances in order to deliver new functionality and greater analysis for our customers. This allows manufacturing companies to be better informed and to adapt to market trends much faster while staying ahead of the competition.

Gael Tel, in partnership with Utility Alliance, is one of the fastest growing energy consultancies in the UK. We specialise in energy procurement; metering & monitoring; battery storage; voltage optimisation; energy retrofits and renewable technologies.

Come and speak to us to hear how we can maximise your energy savings.

The High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult is the catalyst for the growth and success of advanced manufacturing in the UK.

It helps manufacturing companies bridge the transition between early stage research and commercial application – the so-called Valley of Death – which typically involves big investments in facilities and expertise, without guarantee of success.

Its seven Centres possess a full range of technology capabilities covering all stages of manufacturing. They offer companies – ranging from big multinationals to SMEs – open- access to full scale leading edge manufacturing equipment, world-class expertise and an environment of collaboration between companies, as well as between industry and research institutions and universities.

Software, hardware, consulting and implementation from a single source.

Industry 4.0 – the vision of intelligent worldwide networking and communication in the manufacturing industry.

With the LINERECORDER software portfolio, ifm offers the ideal solution. Make your manufacturing processes transparent; optimise your production and quality.

ifm develops and supplies practical software & hardware solutions which help you to increase your production efficiency. With data generation from sensors, using IO-Link as input signals through to real time maintenance using state of the art MEMS sensors. ifm provides Condition Monitoring, Energy Monitoring, Quality Monitoring, Track & Trace and Remote Services.

Since it’s formation in 2012, HSSMI has successfully established itself as a strategic partner within the manufacturing sector, providing valuable guidance and services helping to ensure UK manufacturing remains sustainable, competitive and productive.

HSSMI is an independent, growing business driven by the expertise of our team. Now operating from three locations across the UK including our London Head Office and our offices in Birmingham and Glasgow.

We work with organisations of all sizes to collaborate and share our knowledge and experience. Whether it’s on a government funded programme, leveraging our consultancy services or as a member of our Partnership Programme, HSSMI intends to create relationships that recognise the power of working together.

NPL has been the silent partner behind industry for over 100 years.

From aerospace to food processing, NPL is working closely with the Advanced Manufacturing sector to support the development of new products, processes, materials and standards to help drive forward innovation.

By applying the latest advances in measurement science, engineering and technology NPL is the partner of choice to fast-track Scottish manufacturing and enable these industries to gain a competitive edge on the global stage. We help businesses, big and small, to become more competitive, sustainable and efficient through the application of better measurement, from raw materials to end-product quality assurance.

Optimum are business and system change experts.

We specialise in the manufacturing, distribution and supply chain sectors driving business growth, business value and profitability by leveraging the full potential of business systems such as ERP, WMS, SCM, CRM and business intelligence.

We are 100% independent and impartial of any particular system or vendor so our only focus is on ensuring the best solution for your business.

We thrive on taking businesses from their ‘as is’ to their ‘to be’.

At Quality Scotland, our mission is to ‘Make Excellence a National Characteristic of Scotland’. By doing so, we ensure organisations across Scotland are committed to being the best they can be by driving continuous improvement, while delivering sustainable success.

We are the National Partner Organisation (NPO) of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) – whose Excellence Model is the most widely used Business Excellence Framework in Europe. As a National Partner, we are the only body in Scotland licensed to assess against the EFQM Levels of Excellence and perform EFQM Accredited Assessor Training.

Engagement with Quality Scotland represents a commitment to organisational excellence, quality and continuous improvement. We have the expertise, products, services and people to stimulate continuous improvement across your whole organisation.

Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable.

Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Rockwell Automation employs approximately 22,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.

Our UK team is dedicated to making our customers’ businesses more efficient and profitable. Working with manufacturers, machine builders and system integrators, we have advanced, smart manufacturing technologies, solutions and the know-how to meet your business requirements.

RSM is a leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services to middle market leaders, globally.

With around 3,800 partners and staff in the UK and access to more than 43,000 people in 120 countries across the RSM network, we can meet our clients’ needs wherever in the world they operate.

Our specialist manufacturing team works with a wide range of businesses across the sector and we use our experience and industry insight to overcome the issues and challenges that manufacturers face, help them capitalise on opportunities and provide proactive solutions to their compliance and business advisory requirements.

For more information, email Stuart McCallum, Head of Manufacturing in Scotland.

The Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS) works with Scottish companies of all sizes and sectors to support improvement in productivity, culture and behaviours from the shop floor to the boardroom.   We can help your business plot a course to take advantage of new digital opportunities to improve your productivity and boost your competitiveness.  Visit our stand in the front foyer to sign up for our new Manufacturing 4.0 Review.

Scottish Enterprise is Scotland’s main economic development agency and together with Highlands & Islands Enterprise, is tasked with helping improve Scotland’s productivity through securing more inward and capital investment for Scotland; supporting more companies and sectors to innovate and internationalise.

Come and talk to us about how we can support your business.

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) supports individuals and employers to get the skills they need to succeed and grow.

Working closely with partners at a local and national level, we are transforming services to help people get jobs and manage their careers investing in training provision which meets the needs of individuals and industry aligning our support with employers’ growth ambitions.

By driving efficiency and creating opportunity throughout the skills cycle, SDS contributes to the development of Scotland’s society and economy.

SP Technology is a long established and passionate team of multi-skilled engineers who develop unique automated production solutions from initial design to full sign off and commissioning.

Our customers exist in a growing and diverse range of industries from medical devices and smoke detector assembly and labelling through to parking sensor development and even shortbread cutting.

Over our 34 years, there isn’t much we haven’t seen, and it really is an exciting time to be in the engineering industry, as our production solutions are becoming more and more advanced to meet our customers’ demands.

STEP provides support and offers solutions for businesses to get started, grow and be a success. We are a non-profit distributing private limited company, with all profits reinvested into the business and support activities.

We have a unique approach as we have access to a wide range of quality advice and expertise delivered by passionate professionals who are determined to help businesses thrive.

Our products and services have been developed to meet your business requirements no matter the industry.  Ultimately, we want to help you grow your business!

Since 1923, TENTE has been working on improving an invention that moves mankind like no other: the wheel. Today, TENTE is a leading supplier for high quality, reliable wheels and castors for a variety of industries.

We understand that mobility is an essential factor that shapes our modern lives and aids us in success and development. It is for exactly this reason that at TENTE we work on driving mobility forward everyday – with our trailblazing castors and wheels – with uncompromising standards of quality – above all, with a clear brand promise: Better Mobility. Better Life.

With cutting edge facilities, specialist knowledge, world-leading and internationally excellent expertise, University of the West of Scotland aims to develop research outputs that have a tangible impact on society across the globe.

We work with a wide range of industry partners to develop new products and processes across engineering, physics and computing including thin films; sensing and imaging; photonic materials and micro-scale sensors; energy technologies; chemical and mechanical engineering including surface engineering; robotics and automation; and environmental waste.

Our researchers in Computing are developing new technologies including 5G, smart cities and remote monitoring; artificial intelligence and augmented reality.

VPM is dedicated to producing software solutions that improve process efficiency and performance for manufacturing processes.

Our VPM-Visualiser software captures data on manufacturing measures and displays them real-time on anything from TVs to tablets using simple, uncomplicated graphics to provide the data to fix problems before they escalate and drive continuous improvement initiatives.

Our software is suitable in any manufacturing environment such as life sciences, materials, food & drink, timber or electronics.

Established in Durham almost 25 years ago with a fast-growing presence in Motherwell, we believe any business can be improved by using technology to enable and support strategy; that’s why our strapline was, and still is, “Performance Through Technology”.

Unlike other IT companies, our approach focusses not on technology, but on business challenges. Every project, customer relationship, and solution we design is based on our values of aligning technology to the problem, and never making a problem fit a technology.

Zero Waste Scotland is Scotland’s circular economy expert and exists to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted.

Zero Waste Scotland is funded to support delivery of the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy, Making Things Last, and the EU’s Europe 2020 growth strategy. The goal is to help Scotland reap the environmental, economic and social benefits of making best use of the world’s limited natural resources.

Resource Efficiency is also a key part of Zero Waste Scotland’s programme of work, which helps Scottish organisations reduce costs by saving energy and water, reducing raw materials use and managing waste efficiently.