Aylesbury, UK — The European Commission has launched the European Remanufacturing Network (ERN). According to the Commission, a €1.5 million project will „boost“ remanufacturing activities throughout Europe. The impact of the network’s efforts on the European economy is expected to be significant as the value of remanufacturing is calculated to be between £2.4 billion and 5.6 billion in the UK alone, not considering the thousands of jobs created.
Remanufacturing is an important component of a resource efficient manufacturing industry. Remanufacture involves dismantling a product, restoration and replacement of components and testing of the individual parts and whole product to ensure that it is within its original design specifications. The performance after remanufacture is expected to be the same as the original performance specification and the remanufactured product generally offers a warranty.
ERN intends to achieve its ambitious goals through encouraging new businesses to take up remanufacturing, helping existing remanufacturers improve their operations, improving competitiveness of remanufacturers domestically and internationally, and increasing public awareness of remanufacturing and with policy makers to increase demand and address barriers.
Europe in danger of falling behind
„For the past two years, we have argued that the Chinese state, the US Department for Commerce and the South Korean Government have each been investing in their remanufacturing industries – and that Europe was in danger of falling behind“, said Ben Walsh from Oakdene Hollins, who manages the Centre for Remanufacturing and Reuse. „This project will provide a springboard to ensure that European remanufacturers remain competitive in the global market, safeguarding European jobs, limiting our exposure to critical raw materials and improving the European trade balance.“
Mapping the current structure
The project will add value for (aspiring) remanufacturers by mapping the challenges of remanufacturing business models, innovative product design and processing approaches. The initial stage involves investigating the current size and structure of the European remanufacturing industry in key market sectors, such as the automotive industry. „We are interested in both the current as well as the future potential social, economic and environmental benefits of remanufacturing in Europe“, says David Parker who is leading this stage of the project. „Currently we are requesting remanufacturers throughout Europe to complete our market study survey to become part of the network.“
Council to be launched in 2016
A key outcome of the project is the development of a European Remanufacturing Council. The industry-led ERC will provide support for remanufacturers from across the manufacturing landscape. Its aim is to provide a unified voice for remanufacturers to European policy makers. Its shape and scope will be defined throughout the project with the aim to launch in 2016.
More information on the European Remanufacturing Network and the market study survey can be found under circleeconomy.us6.list-manage.com.
Source: European Remanufacturing Network