A UK consultancy will lead a €1.5m (£1.2m) project to grow remanufacturing in the European Union, which will include the setting up of a dedicated pan-European centre.
Oakdene Hollins, which runs the Aylesbury-based Centre for Remanufacturing and Reuse (CRR), won a tender under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020, a framework for research and innovation.
The project includes studying the potential size of the remanufacturing sector and holding workshops to encourage best practices and promote remanufacturing across EU industries.
A European Council for Remanufacturers will also be developed as part of the initiative.
Oakdene Hollins will work in partnership with the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, research company Fraunhofer in Germany, Linköping University in Sweden, VTT Technical Research Centre in Finland, Grenoble INP in France and Delft Technical University and Circle Economy from the Netherlands.
“This is the first time such a wealth of expertise on remanufacturing has been available under one project,” said Rachel Waugh, project leader at Oakdene Hollins. “We believe that this project will help propel remanufacturing into main stream business practice.”
Ben Walsh, senior consultant at Oakdene Hollins and manager at the CRR, said the initiative will provide a “springboard” to ensure Europe remain competitive in the global market.
“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,” he said.
The project will be launched early next year.