The Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) is a globally recognised centre of excellence in metal forming research, manufacturing technologies and innovation. It is the heart of Scotland’s manufacturing research and development sector and is the country’s only High Value Manufacturing Catapult centre; one of just seven in the UK. The AFRC addresses the important challenge of taking low maturity technologies developed within research environments and deploying them within industrial manufacturing facilities. It fills the gap between traditional university research and the industrial need to demonstrate new technology on real products, in real factories.  This is often expressed in terms of manufacturing readiness levels which were derived from the NASA TRL scale and are used to articulate the journey to industrial application of new technologies.

AFRC facts

  • Formed in 2009
  • Whole centre is 5,600m2 in size
  • Workshops total 2,376m2
  • 8 laboratories
  • Robotics cell commissioned in 2015
  • Employing over 130 talented individuals: researchers, chartered and non-chartered engineers, technicians, EngD and PHD students all supported by commercially astute business development and programme management teams

Bank of Scotland Commercial Banking provides guidance and support to manufacturing businesses, and with locally based relationship managers, this means we are well placed to understand the unique opportunities and challenges that manufacturers across Scotland are facing. We have a dedicated local team of industry specialists focusing on sectors such as manufacturing, oil and gas, food and drink and house building. We provide customers with the support they need to help them grow, manage risk and enhance efficiency. We recognise the importance of working closely with our customers so we can fully understand their needs. By bringing insight and expertise to help our clients achieve their goals, we can deliver on our plan to Help Scotland Prosper globally. We are proud to support SMAS 2016. For more information on Bank of Scotland, or to find useful tools and resources to support your business, visit

Boxshop is Scotland’s largest independent manufacturer of corrugated packaging. We are primarily based in East Kilbride where we have 100,000ft of manufacture and warehousing employing over 100 staff looking after customers of all sizes throughout Scotland and Northern England. We have an additional distribution hub in Dyce servicing the North and East of Scotland. Boxshop has particular expertise in the Food Sector and works closely with the major retailers with a focus on Shelf Ready Packaging. Over £8m has been invested in the company creating the capability to manufacture over 45 million boxes annually while retaining the ability to manufacture 100 boxes or 100,000 boxes.

Brodies is the Scottish headquartered law firm offering clients the largest specialist legal resource in Scotland, delivering services of the highest quality to Scottish, UK and global organisations.

As well as our expert legal advice, we also offer cutting edge, online legal solutions: BOrganised and BResourceFull Workbox. BOrganised is our online contract management solution; a ground breaking fusion of legal know-how and smart technology. Developed by some of the country’s leading contract lawyers and developed in-house, BOrganised enables clients to manage contractual risk more effectively. BResourceFull Workbox is our unique online HR resource; intuitive and easy to use, BResourceFull Workbox provides access to a simple and adaptable ‘DIY employment law kit’ of legal updates, practical guides, template letters and documents relating to the full spectrum of day-to-day HR issues. At our exhibition stand we will be showcasing how both can support growth and help reduce organisational risk.

The High Value Manufacturing Catapult is the catalyst for growth and success of UK advanced manufacturing. It helps industry accelerate the journey from technology concept and commercially manufactured reality. Its  seven centres work with companies of all sizes and sectors, offering open access to industrial scale cutting edge equipment, expertise and collaborative opportunities. To find out more, visit

Cooper Software is a leading technology consultancy that delivers successful and innovative business change.

We are a systems integration specialist with a focus on making our clients’ business systems work harder for them and have delivered over 700 projects for over 250 clients worldwide. Whether that’s fitting your Enterprise Software system to meet unique business processes, providing a one-stop shop for Business Intelligence needs, creating bespoke applications, joining your system and those of your supply chain together or providing round the clock support using specifically developed skills, tools and utilities, Cooper Software has the breadth and depth of knowledge to make it work.

Dewar Brothers Limited are Scotland’s leading specialist manufacturer of corrugated, foam and timber packaging solutions and we are Scotland’s sole appointed supplier for SKB injection-moulded mil-std cases and the European distributor of Speacecase modular containers.

We provide a range of bespoke packaging solutions and supply chain solutions to clients across a range of market sectors including industrial, electronics, medical, oil & gas, aerospace and defence.

Dewar Brothers Limited are the only commercial company in Scotland accredited to the Military Packer Approval Scheme (MPAS) which gives us the facility to design, approve and manufacture packaging to MOD standards.

First eBusiness is one of the top UK Microsoft Partners delivering Microsoft Dynamics AX, Microsoft’s flagship ERP. Headquartered in Scotland we support companies large and small through process improvement.

Microsoft Dynamics AX for manufacturing and distribution operations, supports your entire supply chain management, finance, manufacturing, human resources and service operations.

The solution has advanced manufacturing functionality that supports build-to-order, engineer-to-order, and build-to-forecast supply chain models, across lean, discrete and batch-process manufacturing modes.

Harper Macleod LLP is a leading Scottish independent law firm that is fully aligned to meet the needs of our clients to achieve the best possible outcome. One of Scotland’s most progressive law firms, Harper Macleod is headquartered in Glasgow, with offices across Scotland, including Edinburgh, Inverness and Shetland, serving businesses, organisations and individuals in the Scottish market and throughout the UK and beyond.

The firm works with clients across the majority of sectors in the Scottish economy, including manufacturing and supply chain, delivering a full service team of specialists who take time to fully understand client needs and with a legal skills base to match the diverse needs of those operating at all levels within the sector.

Heriot-Watt University has a reputation in business for Innovation and quality, expertise, knowledge transfer and world class research. Core to this is the provision of highly skilled graduates with the technical skills and industry awareness to create an innovation pipeline from academic research to global markets.

HSSMI is a leading, not for profit, applied manufacturing research company, focused on supporting manufacturing industry in the deployment of manufacturing, technology and process innovation. HSSMI collaborates with and integrates leading academic research, technology solution providers, tier one OEM’s and their supply chains. We also provide our own technology and manufacturing solutions, based on our staff’s industry experience and research as part of this process.

Strategic member clients include Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan Manufacturing UK, London Taxi Company, and a number of selected UK Universities. Our early years have been focused on automotive, but this has now grown into other sectors which have similar manufacturing productivity, efficiency and innovation challenges.

Our work is focused on key themes including virtual engineering, batteries and powertrains, and circular value chains, and also how digital manufacturing increases value.

Improvement Architecture creates measurable change in behaviour, processes and people to deliver outstanding business performance.

Our strategic operational and leadership ‘know how’ comes from our experiences working as leaders in Motorola, HP, SAIA Group and TRW.  We have worked across a broad sector of industries and have an excellent track record of producing high-growth opportunities and returns.

Martin & Aitken & Co Ltd provides audit, cloud accounting, tax, business services and financial advice to individuals, businesses and the third sector.

· Are you missing out on funding available to your business?
· Have you captured all of the tax reliefs and capital allowances that could be available to you?
· Do you want access to better financial and management information in order to improve productivity?
· Are you considering selling your business or making a strategic purchase?

These are just some of the areas we are regularly called upon to provide advice and guidance to our manufacturing and engineering clients. You can find
out more by visiting us at our stand or by visiting our website. We look forward to hearing from you.

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is the UK’s National Measurement Institute, and is a world-leading centre of excellence in developing and applying the most accurate measurement standards, science and technology available. These standards underpin the infrastructure of traceability throughout the UK and much of the world thats ensures accuracy and consistency of measurement. NPL ensures that cutting-edge science and technology have a positive impact in the real world. NPL delivers world-leading solutions that are critical to commercial research and development, and support businesses ac

The McDowell brand is synonymous with the machine tool industry. Over two generations of McDowell’s have worked with some of the world’s leading machine tool brands. From the early 1970s Roy McDowell introduced Mazak machine tools to the Scottish market place establishing them as a market leader in their field. Moving forward to present day, McDowell Machine Tool Solutions continues the tradition of working with prestigious machine tool and machine tool associated brands.

Partnerships have been forged with Bost, Niles Simmons, Kuraki, Unisign, OKK, Renishaw and Openmind which enables us to deliver on high quality applications with unmatched results.

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) is the UK trade association for the Manufacturing Technologies industry. The MTA represents the core of engineering based manufacturing and aims to promote the use and innovation of advanced technology in manufacturing.

Naveksa provides intelligent and user-friendly IT solutions for logistics and manufacturing companies working seamlessly with Microsoft Dynamics NAV at the core of the business to enable paperless manufacturing in line with the Internet of Things.

Quality Scotland, National Partner of EFQM (European Foundation for Quality Management) and the official home of the EFQM Excellence Model in Scotland, is dedicated to helping all organisations, whether in the private, public or third sectors to improve business performance, deliver quality and achieve sustainable business excellence.

We offer a range of performance improvement tools, recognition schemes and accredited training and development programmes as well as other online resources, all supported by dedicated Account Management.

We work with organisations to achieve, recognise and sustain business excellence.

Scotland Food & Drink is the industry’s leadership organisation. Its mission is grow the value of the nation’s food and drink sector to £16.5bn by 2017 and build Scotland’s reputation at home and abroad as a Land of Food and Drink.

Scotland Food & Drink brings all the industry associations in the food and sector – from farmers and fishermen to manufacturers – together with the key public sector agencies. They work in a spirit of collaboration and partnership to develop the economic growth strategy for the industry, which Government and public sector agencies align their support behind.

SF&D is a membership organisation, working with food and drink businesses in Scotland to support their growth. A membership of 360 companies and organisations range from small artisan producers to multinational manufacturers, major retailers to catering companies.

Hosted at the University of Strathclyde, the Scottish Institute for Remanufacture (SIR) is funded by the Scottish Funding Council and Zero Waste Scotland to accelerate the move to a circular economy in Scotland by increasing innovation in remanufacturing.

Through stimulating and co-funding collaboration projects that address industry challenges, SIR will enable businesses to increase reuse repair and remanufacture in manufacturing operations reducing energy use and environmental impact.

The Strathclyde Institute for Operations Management (SIOM) brings together the leading experts in Operations Management and Advanced Manufacturing from Strathclyde’s Business School and Engineering Faculty to establish Operations Management as a strategic resource with a view to innovating and underpinning Scotland’s future in Manufacturing.

SIOM activity focuses on:

  • Improving productivity through innovation
  • Enabling a networked view across value and supply chains. This is increasingly important as the way we do business evolves.
  • Implementation of innovation through effective leadership, culture and change management.

The mission of the Institute is to provide thought leadership and facilitate the advancement of the theory and practice of operations management.

Technology Scotland is the leading cluster organisation for industry, academia, and other institutes engaged in Key Enabling Technology’s (KETs) in Scotland – including electronics, photonics, advanced materials, nanotechnology, and advanced manufacturing.

Formed in response to industry demands, Technology Scotland is the representative body for KET organisations, bringing together like-minded stakeholders to raise their profile, solve problems, drive economic development, and build supply chains.

Blending many diverse technology interests, Technology Scotland provides a range of services including workshops, Special Interest Groups, and collaborative networking events; building the KET ecosystem; identifying opportunities for members; and providing the community with an independent voice.

Established asa family business in 1923, TENTE Castors has grown into a group spanning over 28 countries and is internationally recognised as a world class manufacturer of wheels and castors. Providing a variety of products to the highest standards for industries including medical, institutional, heavy duty and industrial. Mobility is essential for modern society and all individuals, with TENTE a conscious contribution is made to improving people’s lives, the way they work and their working conditions.

Talon Business Solutions specialise in consultancy and the supply, implementation and support of Microsoft business-wide IT solutions and the infrastructure they run on.

Zero Waste Scotland exists to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted. Our goal is to help Scotland realise the economic, environmental and social benefits of making best use of the world’s limited natural resources. We are funded to support delivery of the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy and the EU’s 2020 growth strategy.