A new research institute to drive remanufacturing and the circular economy in Scotland has opened today.
The Scottish Institute for Remanufacture, based at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, aims to help grow remanufacturing businesses in Scotland and to develop an international research organisation.
It is funded by £1.3m over three years from the Scottish Funding Council and Zero Waste Scotland. In addition, Scottish companies have already pledged more than £800,000 of funding, or in-kind support, for potential research projects.
The hub is said to be one of only four centres of excellence for remanufacturing in the world, joining others in Singapore, New York and Beijing.
Remanufacturing, estimated to be worth £2.4bn to the UK economy, is already common in:
- pumps and gearboxes in aerospace
- the automotive sector
- the energy sector
The institute will draw capabilities from other Scottish research institutions to build capacity and innovation.
Environment secretary Richard Lochhead (left) said: “We want to move away from the current situation where valuable materials often go to waste, to a circular economy where things are designed to be used over and over again.
“This approach can create jobs and stimulate growth, and I am keen to hear ideas about how best to make the most of the opportunities that a circular economy can offer Scotland. Remanufacturing – which will be driven forward in Scotland thanks to this fantastic new institute – will be at the heart of this agenda.”
The centre will be headed by Winifred Ijomah, of the University of Strathclyde’s department of design, manufacture and engineering management.
Ijomah said: “Remanufacturing is complex and multifaceted so requires interdisciplinary projects involving academia, industry and other stakeholders. The centre is an essential mechanism that will support such complex collaborations.
“It will further reduce the barriers to wider adoption of remanufacturing by pulling the expertise embedded within Scottish universities to develop the essential new knowledge, expertise, tools and techniques.”