The Scottish Institute for Remanufacture, a pan-Scottish hub which focuses on realising value in the materials and components within recycled products, awarded in March a total of £238,360 between nine companies. Projects involve areas such as logistics in recovering products for remanufacture, material wear, cleaning technologies and end-of-life assessment.

Scottish Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead, at the EU Environment Council, 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."

Companies receiving the funding include Cummins Diesel ReCon, ACS Marine Risk Control, Campers Scotland and WEEE Scotland.

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