Scotland extensive reman opportunities
- March 07, 2015
The remanufacturing industry in Scotland could potentially add nearly £2 billion to the nation's economy, the Scottish Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead has said.
The figure is revealed in a report, commissioned by Zero Waste Scotland and Scottish Enterprise, which have examined the value of the Scottish remanufacturing industry, which employs around 17,000 people and is valued at £1.1bn.
Speaking at waste conference in Edinburgh Richard Lochhead, according to a report on the Click Green web-site, said: "Remanufacturing – where we restore and extend the life of a product – is a key area with momentum in Scotland. The figures speak for themselves and it is clear that creating more opportunities in this area will be a huge benefit to the economy – in fact by 2020 remanufacturing activity in Scotland could grow by up to £620 million, and bring up to 5,700 new jobs to the country, which is just fantastic for the sector."
"A few weeks ago I officially launched the Scottish Institute of Remanufacture – the first such centre in Europe, and one of only four in the world alongside Singapore, New York and Beijing. I also visited Mackies, a company in the East End of Glasgow that remanufactures gearboxes."
There are many specialists working in remanufacturing in Scotland, ranging from family businesses like Mackies to major international companies such as Cummins's Diesel Recon, who remanufacture diesel engines, and the Weir Group, who remanufacture centrifugal pumps, steam turbines and compressors.
The report identifies major areas of remanufacturing activity in Scotland, i.e. the aerospace, automotive, energy, and rail sectors.
Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland said: "This report, commissioned by Zero Waste Scotland, is a landmark in providing evidence of the fantastic economic potential of remanufacturing in Scotland. Remanufacturing is already a key part of the developing circular economy in Scotland and can play even more of a part in the future – reducing our reliance on raw materials and creating high quality jobs in communities across the country."