News: UK – Studies on advantages of remanufactured printer cartridges
UKCRA member Kleen Strike has commissioned 2 studies investigating the opportunities that remanufacturing offers, particularly the implications for whole life costs and carbon and water footprints.
Tuesday, 25th October 2011
The first study compares printing scenarios in schools and colleges, based on printing systems and activities for an average establishment of 500 students. A comparative assessment has been made of the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and Total Carbon Cost of Ownership (TCCO) of printing systems for an educational establishment. The study compares these whole life costs for three different scenarios: a scenario based on remarketed printers and remanufactured cartridges (REM), a scenario based on printers with extended warranty and original cartridges under an IT Managed Services (ITMS) contract, and a scenario based on Print Managed Services (PMS). The results of the study demonstrate that different printing options can provide significantly different cost and environmental opportunities and that options are ideally assessed on a whole life basis. To access the report, please go to the first external web-link. The second report looks at carbon and water logic of remanufacturing in relation to remanufactured toner cartridges. It compares OEM and aftermarket products and investigates the benefits of a cartridge that is refilled over many cycles – the world’s most productive cartridge has been remanufactured 25 times. Results showed approximately 60% savings in CO2 and approximately 65% savings in H2O. To access the report, please go to the second external web-link. UK Cartridge Remanufacturers Association (UKCRA) consists of those remanufacturers who recognise that need to provide the printer user with proven high quality products that are a cost effective, environmentally friendly alternative to imported cartridges.