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The European Remanufacturing Network - coordinating and supporting European remanufacturers

The European Remanufacturing Network - coordinating and supporting European remanufacturers

Objective

Remanufacturing is an important component of a resource efficient manufacturing industry. By keeping components and their embodied material in use for longer, significant energy use and emissions to air and water can be avoided. In addition to environmental benefits, remanufacturing provides opportunities for the creation of highly skilled jobs and economic growth.

Despite these accolades, remanufacturing is an undervalued part of the industrial landscape and an under-recognised sustainable industry. Activity to promote remanufacturing is currently undertaken at a sectoral level for some product sectors. In Europe, unlike in the recycling industry, cross-sectoral activities to facilitate knowledge transfer and promote the industry do not exist. Our major competitors, the US and China, already have a common vision and strategy for remanufacturing within their industrial landscape. An outcome may be that European remanufacturing could lose competitiveness against these more organised sectors. As a result, there is a real need for a European-level solution to encourage remanufacturing throughout Europe.

This proposal sets out the formation, coordination and support of a European Remanufacturing Network (ERN) over a project period of two years, which aims to:
• encourage new businesses to take up remanufacturing
• help existing remanufacturers improve their operations
• improve competitiveness of remanufacturers domestically and internationally
• create greater awareness of remanufacturing in the public and policy makers to increase demand and address barriers.

The aims of the ERN will be achieved through:
• mapping out the current remanufacturing landscape in Europe and estimating its future potential
• disseminating best practice in remanufacturing business models, processes and design
• providing industry with remanufacturing knowledge, tools and partnerships
• undertaking an information campaign to raise the profile of the European remanufacturing industry.
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Coordinator

OAKDENE HOLLINS LIMITED

Address

Ardenham Court Oxford Road
Hp19 8ht Aylesbury

United Kingdom

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 252 886,25

Participants (8)

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TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 198 403,75

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 159 527,50

LINKOPINGS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 229 446,25

INSTITUT POLYTECHNIQUE DE GRENOBLE

France

EU Contribution

€ 117 600

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 207 988,75

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT

Finland

UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 152 023,75

COOPERATIEVE CIRCLE ECONOMY UA

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 171 345

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 645984

  • Start date

    1 February 2015

  • End date

    31 January 2017

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.3.7.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 489 221,25

  • EU contribution

    € 1 489 221,25

Coordinated by:

OAKDENE HOLLINS LIMITED

United Kingdom