Funding has been awarded to nine pioneering projects which will help Scottish remanufacturing businesses explore how to make the most efficient use of materials. The Scottish Institute for Remanufacture has awarded a total of £238,360 between a number of companies. Projects involve areas such as logistics in recovering products for remanufacture, material wear, cleaning technologies and end-of- life assessment.
Among the companies receiving funding are Cummins Diesel ReCon for its research into cleaning methods for the removal of carbon residue in high horsepower engines ACS Marine, which is looking to reuse and remanufacture end-of-life shipping assets, and Campers Scotland Ltd manufacturing greener energy campervan components.
“The Scottish Institute for Remanufacture was established to enable collaborative projects between industry and academia that would advance remanufacturing in Scotland,” said Dr J. Balfour from the Scottish Institute of Remanufacture. “We are delighted to see the first projects under way across a range of sectors.”
The Scottish remanufacturing industry is starting to feel the benefit from the role reman plays in the circular economy model. As reported in a previous edition of ReMaTecNews, last month the Scottish Government unveiled its first ever circular economy strategy entitled 'Making Things Last’. The strategy identifies four priority areas, which includes remanufacturing, where Scotland is in a position to make rapid progress. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced a £70m programme to develop and grow the circular economy in Scotland, as part of a package of measures to boost manufacturing in the country.
“Remanufacturing presents tremendous opportunities for creating jobs, businesses and a sustainable economy in Scotland built on a circular model, where we keep increasingly scarce resources in productive use for as long as possible,” said Iain Gulland, Zero Waste Scotland Chief Executive.