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Glasgow – Creating the future

The ingenuity born on the River Clyde has never left Glasgow; the city is known worldwide for its engineering excellence and innovation in engineering, design and manufacturing.

Advanced engineering in Glasgow encompasses a number of industries and is particularly notable for:

  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Aerospace, defence and marine
  • ICT and Software
  • Energy
  • Quantum technology and photonics
  • Space

The unique mix of shipbuilding and heavy engineering heritage along the River Clyde combined with the research and talent in the city’s universities and the spirit of innovation has propelled Glasgow as a global centre for quantum technologies.

This particular dynamic has also launched a strong space technology and development cluster. In 2016, Glasgow produced more satellites than any city outside of Silicon Valley.

Perhaps one of the widest reaching parts of the engineering sector is information and communication technology (ICT), which is arguably a sector all its own. ICT, software engineering and enabling technologies touch virtually all of Glasgow’s sectors.

Competitive advantage: Engineering, Design and Manufacturing Glasgow

  • Nearly 800 manufacturing business units employing 19,000 people (Scottish Annual Business Statistics, 2016)
  • Glasgow’s heavily research-oriented base has made Glasgow a leader in the development of high-value lasers
  • Engineering is a key component in the city’s low carbon hub strategy and goals, enabling the kinds of technological advances that will move the goals forward.
  • Within Scotland, Glasgow contributes £1.1bn to total GVA within manufacturing (8.8%, according to Scottish Annual Business Statistics, 2016).
  • Glasgow preserves a balance of traditional heavy engineering with cutting-edge advanced process optimisation, modelling, simulation, sensors, software and technologies.
  • Glasgow is second to only Aberdeen within Scotland in attracting sector-specific foreign direct investment (FDi Markets, 2013).

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