On behalf of the European Remanufacturing Network and the Centre for Remanufacturing and Reuse, Oakdene Hollins took part in a mission to China in May 2016 as part of a project sponsored by the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office to:

  • Understand and appreciate the market size, the state-of-the-art in policy development and technologies used by the remanufacturing sector in China.
  • Understand the UK’s position in the area in relation to the rest of the world.
  • Present UK leadership in remanufacturing to a global audience.
  • Initiate a dialogue between the UK and Chinese Governments to facilitate future cooperation and exchange on the issue.
  • Identify the opportunities for commercial collaboration and the potential for knowledge exchange and development of standards in remanufacturing between organisations in China and the UK.

The agenda included a Sino-UK Remanufacturing workshop, presenting at the World Remanufacturing Summit 2016, a visit to an industry demonstration base in Shanghai and meetings with senior Chinese Government officials. The mission was organised by the University of Brighton and the National Key Lab for Remanufacturing in China. Other participants were from: the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial StrategyThe British Standards InstitutionZero Waste Scotlandthe Knowledge Transfer Network and the High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute.

On day 1 the UK delegates attended an invitation-only meeting of senior representatives from Government, industry and professional organisations. Sponsored by the FCO, the workshop was chaired by Professor and Academician Binshi Xu. A figure of great renown in China, Xu is considered to be the “father of remanufacturing in China”. David Fitzsimons, as manager of the Centre for Remanufacture and Reuse (CRR), presented a certificate to Academician Xu on behalf of the European Remanufacturing Network (of which Oakdene Hollins is a lead partner) in recognition of Xu’s contributions to global remanufacturing. 

For more details about Oakdene Hollins' part in the trade mission to China, contact David Fitzsimons, or click on the PDF link to read the report on the visit.