The centre promotes the remanufacture of used products as part of Department for Food and Rural Affairs Business Resource and Efficiency & Waste programme. Products are returned to market in as-new condition or even better.
Oakdene Hollins head of remanufacturing David Parker said: One of the aims is to obtain a better understanding of the remanufactureing sector. We want to identify the new frontiers for remanufacturing.
We have a broad strand of activities in progress, some of them in conjunction with other support agencies such as Envirowise and Waste & Resources Action Programme. However, we have a distinct focus on reuse as opposed to recycling.
Financial help is also available, from the centre, for organisations that want to launch or diversify their reuse business. It has a pump priming fund for feasibility projects to explore innovative products and services and address problems.
Other centre research includes: how remanufacturing companies can best promote themselves; the potential for offering tax breaks for remanufactured products; how to help purchasers buy remanufactured products with confidence; and how government may best spread the message of benefits of remanufacturing.
For more information visit www.remanufacturing.org.uk