The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (www.nmis.scot
) in Renfrewshire, has announced that John Reid has been appointed as CEO to lead the growth and development of the world-leading group of industry-led manufacturing R&D facilities at the heart of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland.
He will take up the position in August after successfully leading the Michelin-Scotland Innovation Parc (MSIP) in Dundee. Prior to leading MSIP John held the position of general manager at the Michelin tyre plant on the same site.
Mr Reid said: “As someone who has dedicated his entire career so far to the development of large-scale manufacturing in Scotland, I am honoured and delighted to have this opportunity to be part of a talented team with the sole focus of driving and supporting the development of advanced manufacturing in Scotland. A mission that is now even more important as the world economy finds new ways of working and recovers from the impact of Covid-19.”
In recent times, Mr Reid was one of the original members of the independent advisory body, the Fair Work Convention, a member of the Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board and a Director of the Centre for Engineering Education and Development.
His appointment further strengthens the leadership team for the group, which includes the new flagship facility being built next to Glasgow Airport that was recently granted planning permission by Renfrewshire Council.
NMIS is set to transform skills, productivity and innovation in Scotland by strengthening links between industry, academia and the public sector. The nucleus of the group will be a fully digitalised factory of the future, skills academy and collaboration hub that will bring manufacturers together to work on the development of innovative new technologies and products.
It will support manufacturing and engineering firms of all sizes and from all sectors across the country, and internationally, to innovate and grow their businesses.
NMIS is operated by the University of Strathclyde and supported by Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, High Value Manufacturing Catapult, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Funding Council and Renfrewshire Council.
Professor Sir Jim McDonald, principal and vice-chancellor of the University of Strathclyde, said: “John’s appointment represents a significant development for the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland. Together with his leadership team, he will support the transformation of Scotland’s manufacturing and engineering community, targeting global leadership in advanced manufacturing systems and technology.
“As a world-leading technological university with a rich heritage of engineering successes and the anchor University for NMIS, Strathclyde is working with industry, academic and public sector partners to build the future of manufacturing in Scotland. We are transforming the workforce, developing ground-breaking technologies and processes in order to bring about increased levels of economic growth.”