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Our work in remanufacturing

Remanufacturing gives Scotland a great opportunity to re-industrialise its economy.

The remanufacturing sector in Scotland has a growth potential of £620 million, generating an additional 5,700 jobs, in Scotland, if a number of activities are undertaken to support the existing and new sector.

The Scottish Government’s policy document, Safeguarding Scotland’s Resources (2012).

Identifies key actions (12), to grow the remanufacturing sector and as such, it is a strategic priority for Scotland and Zero Waste Scotland to deliver on. The recent circular economy consultation; Making Things Last Consultation, will be superseded by the Circular Economy Roadmap for Scotland, featured work on remanufacturing.

We are working with partners (Scottish Institute for Remanufacture, Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service and Scottish Enterprise) to support the growth of existing and new remanufacturing in Scotland and their supply chains.

The Scottish Institute for Remanufacture

We have jointly funded The Scottish Institute for Remanufacture. The Institute is one of only four global centres of excellence for remanufacturing. It was established in May 2015 and is hosted by the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

The Institute aims to bring industry and academia together to help overcome the technical barriers to remanufacturing.

If you are a company needing research support to grow your remanufacturing activity. Or you are a manufacturing company or part of a supply chain which could benefit from research funding to explore and test business opportunities which would promote remanufacturing. Visit the Scottish Institute for Remanufacture website for more information.

Ongoing research

We are currently working on two pieces of research to help support the growth of the sector.

Scoping workforce skills for the Remanufacturing Sector in Scotland.

This research will be published and inform Scotland of any skills and training provision gaps there are for a growing sector. This work should be available during February 2016.

Specifications for re-use, repair and remanufactured products and services for public sector procurement.

This research will create draft specification clauses and guidance for public sector bodies to support them purchasing re-use and remanufactured products and services and use of standards. The anticipated outcome is that public procurement will drive an increase in demand for remanufactured products and services. This work will be completed during March 2016 with availability later in 2016 following stakeholder consultation. 

If one of both pieces of research are of interest to your company please get in touch with Zero Waste Scotland.



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