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Funds awarded to Scottish remanufacturing businesses

SIR has awarded funding to nine pioneering projects which will help Scottish remanufacturing businesses explore how to make the most efficient use of materials – furthering Scotland’s position as a circular economy leader.

Funding totalling £238,360 has been awarded to nine companies across a variety of remanufacturing projects including:

  • A Diesel Engine Manufacturer – Working with the AFRC at Strathclyde University to investigate methods for removal of carbon residue with an aim to develop a new process for deployment on site.
  • WEEE Scotland –  In conjunction with the University of West of Scotland, funding will be used to support a project which will add another product to WEEE Scotland’s remanufacturing portfolio which already includes commodities used in coffee machines and bespoke medical devices.
  • Campers Scotland Ltd – Scotland’s leading campervan conversion company have partnered with the University of Strathclyde to predict the longevity and extend the life of greener energy campervan components and other key high-tech features.
  • ACS Marine Risk Control Ltd – funding has been awarded to investigate a circular economy approach towards end-of-life shipping assets in terms of re-use and remanufacture.

Last month the Scottish Government unveiled its first ever circular economy strategy, Making Things Last’. The strategy identifies four priority areas, including remanufacturing, where Scotland is in a position to make rapid progress and where there is scope to deliver the most significant environmental and economic benefits.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also announced a new £70m programme to develop and grow the circular economy in Scotland, as part of a package of measures to boost manufacturing in the country.

Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for the Environment said:

Remanufacturing already contributes £1.1 billion to annual economic activity with the potential to add an additional £620 million by 2020. I welcome these projects and hope to see these companies start to fulfil some of that growth potential.”

More information on The Scottish Institute for Remanufacture’s funding process is available here