A MULTI-million pound 'factory for the future' is set to be built in a Renfrewshire village.

Inchinnan will become home to the new £65million National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland.

Work to build the centre, which will help manufacturing businesses throughout Scotland become world leaders in innovation, will begin next year.

Strathclyde University has been announced as the anchor university.

The Scottish Government will invest £48million in the centre with £8million from Strathclyde University. 

This is as well as the £8.9million announced in June for the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre in Renfrew as a first step towards the wider project.

Renfrewshire Council will provide a further £39.1million through the Glasgow City Region Deal.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon made the announcement during a visit to the Rolls Royce manufacturing facility.

Ms Sturgeon said: “This exciting facility will be an industry-led international centre of manufacturing expertise.

"Research, industry and the public sector will work together to transform skills, productivity and innovation, attracting investment and making Scotland a global leader in advanced manufacturing.

“It will help companies right across Scotland embrace new manufacturing techniques, support cutting edge research and help to further develop the skills of our workforce. The manufacturing jobs of the future offer exciting and rewarding careers for young people. We want to inspire them to work in this sector and revive Scotland’s proud tradition of manufacturing and engineering.

“Inchinnan  provides a gateway to the world through proximity to the airport and revives Scotland’s proud tradition of manufacturing and engineering.

“Although the centre will sit on the Clydeside, the benefits will be felt throughout Scotland."

Derek Mackay, MSP for Renfrewshire North and West, said: "This is wonderful news for the area, and is just another example of the SNP Government working for Renfrewshire.

"This centre will help continue to put Renfrewshire on the world map, with the rest of the world looking to Scotland, and now Inchinnan, for innovation and expertise."