The seminar was attended by 35 delegates from industry, universities and government organisations. David Parker, Head of Remanufacturing at Oakdene Hollins, which oversees CRR activities on behalf of DEFRA, opened the seminar with a brief introduction to CRR. Professor Ann Neville took the case of remanufacturing pumps in the oil industry and emphasised the importance of understanding surfaces. Dr Michael Gell then talked about the significance of climate change on businesses, business risks, implications and imperatives, and how businesses should transform from carbon intensive to green businesses. An insight into remanufacturing in the automotive industry, where the activity is expected to grow, was given by Ian Buxcey. Ian noted that combining mechanical and electronic expertise is essential for the future. Changes in technology are a particular challenge for remanufacturers.

An overview of remanufacturing in the electronics industry with a perspective of electronic packaging was given by Dr Andy Whitaker, who addressed the requirements for, and the challenges facing, the electronics remanufacturing industry. Finally Peter Murphy talked through the repurposing of mobile phones for other applications.