The idea of an institute focused on remanufacturing in Scotland originated in 2012 at the University of Strathclyde. Partnering with Zero Waste Scotland and the Scottish Funding Council, a proposal was created and presented to the Scottish Government.

The Scottish Institute for Remanufacture (SIR) was approved on 29th Sept 2014 and officially launched on 21st January 2015 by Richard Lochhead, Scotland’s Environment Secretary.

SIR is hosted at the University of Strathclyde and funded by Scottish Funding Council and Zero Waste Scotland for £1.3M over three years. It is one of only six centres of excellence for remanufacturing globally with others in Singapore, New York, South Korea, Germany and Beijing.

“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” – Richard Lochhead, speaking at the launch of the Scottish Institute for Remanufacture in January 2015.