The High Value Manufacturing Catapult has been pleased to be the principle sponsor of the All-Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group and the All-Parliamentary Manufacturing Group report, “Triple Win – The Social, Economic and Environmental Case for Remanufacturing”, which was launched at the House of Commons on the 8th December.The report comes on the back of an 8 month inquiry, co-chaired by the Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP and Barry Sheerman MP, into the often misunderstood notion of ‘Remanufacturing’ which the report defines as a “series of manufacturing steps acting on an end-of-life part or product in order to return it to like-new or better performance with warranty to match”.
The inquiry and subsequent report seeks to outline the UK’s position in this area within the global remanufacturing space and sets out 24 key recommendations which would stimulate the social, economic and environmental potential for the UK.One only needs to look at some of the figures quoted in the report to begin to appreciate the enormity of the opportunity that remanufacturing presents and what this could mean to the UK. The report suggests that, on its most conservative estimate, remanufacturing has the potential to increase from a £2.4 billion industry in the UK to £5.6 billion together with the creation of thousands of skilled jobs.
A case study illustrating some of the work the HVM Catapult is already doing in Remanufacturing can be viewed here
and looks at the development of a hybrid manufacturing technology based on a multi-purpose machine which brings together the separate elements of remanufacturing high value metal parts, additive manufacturing, machining and inspection into one seamless, fully automated process.