The goal of the Scottish Institute for Remanufacture (SIR) is to accelerate the move to a Circular Economy in Scotland through Product Remanufacture, Reconditioning, Repair and Reuse.
The three objectives of SIR are:
- Increase innovation through stimulating and co-funding collaborative projects between industry and HEIs.
- Increase activity and engagement from the academic community to build capacity.
- Establish the Scottish remanufacturing community.
- SIR will support and enable the growth of remanufacturing in Scotland through collaboration, innovation and knowledge exchange;
- apply academic expertise to collaborative, industry driven projects;
- provide Knowledge Exchange and a One-stop Information Source;
- create a network of industry, academics and public sector bodies;
- build awareness of Remanufacturing benefits;
- influence legislation.
There are a number of awareness problems today:
- Most people do not know or understand what remanufacturing is.
- There are multiple terms around like overhaul, service, refurbish.
- Remanufactured products are viewed as inferior to new products.
SIR will work with partner organisations like Zero Waste Scotland to improve the understanding and perception of remanufacturing.
We will help to disseminate information and demonstrate real world examples showing the benefits of remanufacturing.
Our long-term goal is for remanufacturing to have the same level of identity and recognition that recycling has today.
SIR funds collaborative projects between a university and a business, enabling companies to increase Reuse, Repair and Remanufacture in their manufacturing operations.
The focus of the project can cover any aspect of the business, including product, tools, process or infrastructure.
SIR provides access to academic expertise in areas like automation, inspection, cleaning, process optimization, environment audit and reverse logistics.
The funding mechanism involves an equal contribution from SIR and the industry partner.
- SIR funds the cost of university staff to work on the problem
- industry partner matches the SIR contribution through staff time, equipment use or equivalent
- a project can be 2 to 12 months in duration with a total grant value of between £10K to £100K (£5K to£50K from SIR).
There will be knowledge transfer to industry through workshops, seminars, training and exchanging Best Practice.
To transfer knowledge to SIR and the academic community, we will set up customer forums to understand the key challenges that businesses face today and what prevents remanufacturing.
SIR will also be a one-stop information source providing:
- academic papers and industry reports
- alerts to members about new consultations from SEPA and Zero Waste Scotland
- pointers to available funding beyond SIR
- communications about upcoming industry and academic events and conferences of interest
- the latest statistics and metrics for environmental benefits.
Where it can, SIR will represent the “Voice of the Community” on legislative issues that are negatively impacting remanufacturing businesses.
We will provide expertise for Legislation and the definition of standards.
We will work with the community to enable feedback to SEPA and ZWS consultations.