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Welcome to the
James Watt Institute for
High Value Manufacturing (JWI)

JWI is based at Heriot Watt University (HWU) in Edinburgh and is a pan-university Research Institute within Heriot Watt, which is focussed on promoting internationally-leading research in topics and technologies which underpin high value manufacturing (HVM) industry.

  James Watt Institute for
High Value Manufacturing

The JWI was conceived in 2008 as a vehicle for a substantial expansion of the manufacturing research portfolio of Heriot Watt University, by incorporating the exisiting Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre at (HW-IMRC) along with a significant number of additional HWU academics under the coordinating umbrella of the JWI. HWU has a highly-regarded tradition of industry-leaning research, and the HW-IMRC with its strong track record provides a powerful nucleus for an expanded and powerful, pan-university

  multi-disciplinary Research Institute, with ambitions to be a major player on the UK and world stage. This growth in both research capacity (and the concomitant industrial partnership networks) is a response to UK national requirements with renewed UK recognition of the need for a more balanced economy with increased global competitiveness in high value manufacturing.


HW-IMRC is one of 16 formal Innovative Manufacturing Research Centres (IMRCs) jointly funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and industry.

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