Oakdene Hollins has led a successful bid to develop the European remanufacturing industry. Its €1.5 million project under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 funding will look to engage with remanufacturers from across Europe. The aim of the project, which started in early 2015, is to grow this important activity which is a key component of the circular economy and vital to making European industry more resilient to global competition. The project team consists of an international consortium of remanufacturing experts including the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, Fraunhofer in Germany, Linköping University in Sweden, VTT Technical Research Centre in Finland, Grenoble INP in France and Delft Technical University and Circle Economy from the Netherlands.
“For the past two years, we have argued that the Chinese state, the US Dept for Commerce and the South Korean Government have each been investing in their remanufacturing industries – and that Europe was in danger of falling behind,” said Ben Walsh from Oakdene Hollins, who manages the Centre for Remanufacturing and Reuse. “This project will provide a springboard to ensure that European remanufacturers remain competitive in the global market, safeguarding European jobs, limiting our exposure to critical raw materials and improving the European trade balance.”
Rachel Waugh, the project leader from Oakdene Hollins, explained: “The project will focus on mapping the size of the opportunity, and deliver a series of tools and workshops that will encourage best practice and promote remanufacturing across the industrial landscape. It will also develop a European Council for Remanufacturers that will provide a platform for remanufacturers that will stretch beyond the end of the project.” She added: “This is the first time such a wealth of expertise on remanufacturing has been available under one project. We believe that this project will help propel remanufacturing into main stream business practices.”
About Oakdene Hollins:
Oakdene Hollins is a consultancy and research business that advises on sustainable products and services, resource efficiency and clean technologies. We offer strategic advice to businesses, governments and their agencies, backed by sound data analysis.
Much of our work requires problem-solving abilities and a confidence to identify insights that can be presented to busy managers. Our customers look to us for innovation and thought leadership, but also for sound and evidenced advice. This can involve:
· putting sustainability and resource efficiency at the heart of business operations
· researching and designing interventions throughout the product life cycle from raw material supply and product manufacture to use and end-of-first-life strategies
· enabling successful product and service innovation.
The company has developed substantial global expertise in resource management and economics. We have a growing involvement in business models that enable a more circular economy and we operate Europe’s only centre that focuses on remanufacturing and reuse (see www.remanufacturing.org.uk).
Oakdene Hollins aims to contribute to sustainable development not only through our advice and research, but also in the way we conduct our own business. We seek substantial improvements in resource- and carbon-intensity that mean a long term transformation in the ways in which we work.
For more information about Oakdene Hollins please visit www.oakdenehollins.co.uk
About the Centre for Remanufacturing and Reuse:
The Centre for Remanufacturing and Reuse is an organisation based in the UK that specialises in advice and promotion on remanufacturing, reuse and reconditioning. They work internationally with businesses and governments on a range of different projects from market studies to carbon footprint analysis. They see remanufacturing as a way to strategically position companies close to their customers whist delivering economic and environmental savings.
Services offered include:
· strategic consulting
· market research
· business development
· certification of remanufacturing processes to 858887-220
· carbon footprinting and environmental impact studies
· public procurement of remanufactured products,
The Centre for Remanufacturing and Reuse is a brand under Oakdene Hollins Ltd.