Funding has been awarded to nine pioneering projects which will help Scottish remanufacturing businesses explore how to make the most efficient use of materials.
The Scottish Institute for Remanufacture has awarded a total of £238,360 between nine companies. These include Cummins Diesel ReCon, ACS Marine, Campers Scotland Ltd and WEEE Scotland. Projects involve areas such as logistics in recovering products for remanufacture, material wear, cleaning technologies and end-of-life assessment.
Hosted at the University of Strathclyde and the only facility of its kind in the UK, the institute supports industries looking to increase reuse, repair and remanufacture in their manufacturing operations.
Remanufacturing describes a range of activities, whereby used products or components are rebuilt and returned to at least “as new” quality and specification and are given the same or similar guarantees as equivalent new products. This is in keeping with the concept of a circular economy model.
Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for the Environment – “Alongside Scotland’s new circular economy strategy, this is an excellent example of the type of action which we are promoting in EU negotiations on a Europe-wide package of circular economy measures – most recently at last week’s EU Environment Council”
Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for the Environment said: “Remanufacturing already contributes £1.1 billion to annual economic activity with potential to add an additional £620 million by 2020. I welcome these projects and hope to see these companies start to fulfil some of that growth potential.
“Alongside Scotland’s new circular economy strategy, this is an excellent example of the type of action which we are promoting in EU negotiations on a Europe-wide package of circular economy measures – most recently at last week’s EU Environment Council.”
Last month the Scottish Government unveiled its first ever circular economy strategy entitled “Making Things Last”.
The strategy identifies four priority areas, including remanufacturing, where Scotland is in a position to make rapid progress and where there is scope to deliver the most significant environmental and economic benefits.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also announced a new £70m programme to develop and grow the circular economy in Scotland, as one part of a package of measures to boost manufacturing in the country.
Iain Gulland, Zero Waste Scotland Chief Executive said: “This funding will play a vital role in helping circular economy businesses to develop and thrive in Scotland.
“Remanufacturing presents tremendous opportunities for creating jobs, businesses and a sustainable economy in Scotland built on a circular model, where we keep increasingly scarce resources in productive use for as long as possible.
“I wish all the companies the best of luck in their endeavours and look forward to hearing more about the projects on completion.”
Dr Jacqueline Balfour from the Scottish Institute of Remanufacture said: “The Scottish Institute for Remanufacture was established to enable collaborative projects between industry and academia that would advance remanufacturing in Scotland. We are delighted to see the first projects under way across a range of sectors.
“Looking forward we have very exciting projects in the pipe-line and invite companies to bring their ideas and opportunities to the institute where we can match them with the right academic expertise.”