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Remanufacturing

With the potential to grow from £1.1bn to nearly £1.7bn, remanufacturing could drive economic growth in Scotland.

Remanufacturing is a process that returns a used product to a new condition, with a warranty, that matches the quality of the original product. It is a key part of a well-functioning circular economy. This conserves energy and materials, whilst creating genuinely sustainable economic growth and high quality employment.

How can remanufacturing add value?

Remanufacturing gives Scotland a great opportunity to re-industrialise its economy.

The remanufacturing sector in Scotland has a growth potential of £620 million, generating an additional 5700 jobs if a number of activities are undertaken to support the existing and new sector.

Some business models are entirely built on remanufacturing and the quality of their products sell the concept better than words can. Remanufactured products are often of higher quality because once returned they are fully stripped down, allowing full diagnosis of failure modes. Remanufacturers therefore can have a more detailed insight and expertise in terms of product performance than the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) who would typically not see their product again. 

Remanufacturing until we no longer need the “re”

At the heart of circular economy manufacturing is remanufacturing, a next stage process to lean manufacturing. Remanufacturing isn’t new. For example, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) in car, aircraft and defence manufacturers are already turning used parts into new parts because it makes good economic sense for their business.

Remanufacturers therefore can have a more detailed insight and expertise in terms of product performance than the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) who would typically not see their product again.  

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