The European Remanufacturing Network
The aim of the project, due to start early next year, 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, LinkŲping 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."
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