Smart Hub Lanarkshire

Manufacturing innovation and robotics.

Smart Hub Lanarkshire is a new centre of excellence for manufacturing innovation and robotics. It has been established to support small to medium sized manufacturing enterprises (SMEs) from the Lanarkshire area and beyond. 

Based at New College Lanarkshire Motherwell campus, the Hub features a Robotics demonstration facility as well as ‘go to’ space for SMEs to meet, learn and access academic and industry specific business support.

Key Information

North Lanarkshire Council, in partnership with New College Lanarkshire and the University of Strathclyde, have created Smart Hub Lanarkshire. The Hub is based at New College Lanarkshire’s Motherwell Campus and overlooks the site of the former Ravenscraig steelworks.

This project recognises the continuing importance of manufacturing as a leading sector in Lanarkshire’s economy. A key objective of the Hub is to help SMEs to modernise, digitise and automate to improve efficiency, boost productivity and grow. The Hub includes:        

  • A Robotics demonstration facility with six-axis robotic arms with adaptive grippers, controllers and polyscope software
  • Hub space for manufacturing companies to meet, learn, access industry-specific business support, academic and partner agency expertise
A programme of industry focused events and robotics demonstration sessions (digital and on-campus) will run through 2021 & 2022. Manufacturing SMEs will benefit from 121 sector focused business support as well as access to a dedicated, regionally placed SME Engagement Adviser from the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS).  

Find out more here.

Key Contacts

Caroline Brown is employed by North Lanarkshire Council as an Enterprise Development Officer. Focused on supporting the local manufacturing sector, Caroline is project delivery lead for Smart Hub Lanarkshire. 

Along with project partners, Caroline worked on the design and development of the Smart Hub Lanarkshire concept and related programme of delivery activity and co-wrote the AMCF funding bid. She has worked in a business engagement and advisory capacity with manufacturing SMEs in Stirling, Falkirk and Lanarkshire for the last 16 years.

To find out more about this project, contact Caroline by email.

Alternatively, you can connect with her on LinkedIn.

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