Engineering and Technology

Engineering and Technology in Scotland – driving innovation in the engineering and technology sector 

Engineering and technology are fundamental to products across all sectors. They are key to how we produce and consume energy; the vehicles we drive; the buildings we live and work in; all of the electronic domestic, industrial and electronic products we use; and the food we eat and drink.

There are tremendous opportunities for companies operating in, and seeking to enter, the engineering and technology sector in Scotland. Innovative businesses responsive to customer needs operating across the engineering and technology supply chain in Scotland have the opportunity to develop new high value products and processes, particularly lower cost and lower carbon products and processes, to effectively compete with competitor businesses operating in the global supply chain.

At Interface we work with hundreds of Engineering and Technology businesses linking them to the academic institutions that are best placed to help them with their research and development needs which in turn can lead to increased sales, turnover, profits and productivity.

Developing links with Scotland’s academia can help your business to be at the leading edge of research and development and new technologies, whether you are already operating in the sector or working in another sector and looking to enter the supply chain. There are many programmes, projects and initiatives being undertaken to progress a wide range of engineering research in Scotland’s universities. Some examples of where Scotland’s academic expertise in engineering and technology research and development can be applied to collaborative projects with the private sector include:

  • Centralised and decentralised power generation
  • Renewable energy technologies and systems
  • Materials including composites, biomaterials, concrete technology, fabrics, bio-composites and alloys.
  • Nanofabrication for applications including nanoelectronics and biotechnology.
  • Surface engineering, coatings; and thin film products and processes
  • Photonics and advanced laser technologies
  • Energy conversion and storage materials, technologies and systems
  • Materials engineering, including forming processes and precision forging
  • Higher precision and more durable tooling
  • Net shape forming
  • Smart packaging and labeling technologies
  • Electronic functional materials for low carbon applications
  • Sensors for a wide range of different applications
  • Wireless technologies for a range of applications including sub-sea
  • Process monitoring and control

All of these areas and many more can be supported by Scotland’s universities with the potential for collaborative projects to include concept generation and selection, simulations and calculations, costing, sustainability, prototyping, brainstorming, design for manufacture, trials and testing.

How can you identify and make links with the academic expertise and facilities?

Take some of the time and effort out of scoping out your innovative ideas and identifying potential academic partners by using the nationwide Interface matchmaking service to identify academics with the capability and capacity to work collaboratively with your business.  We can also help identify funding opportunities to off-set the cost of your initial collaboration.