Recycled materials and remanufacturing – How Scottish companies can benefit

Businesses are being urged to see first-hand how a Scottish company is contributing to the ‘circular economy’ by using 100% recycled materials in its production process, at a joint event organised by the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS) and Zero Waste Scotland.

22 Apr 14

Companies which want to find out more about developing re-use and re-manufacture techniques, and using recycled materials, are being invited to attend the showcase event at Progress Rail in South Queensferry at 9am on Thursday 1st May.

Progress Rail’s South Queensferry foundry and engineering facility employs 110 people. The company uses Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) technology to recycle scrap steel to manufacture railway track and specialised components with high wear resistant properties. The end products are used both in the UK and exported world-wide. Attendees will learn more about this process and its benefits.  .

Businesses will also hear from SMAS and Zero Waste Scotland speakers about how they can access funding and support to develop ‘circular economy’ businesses – those which depend less on raw materials and instead re-use, remanufacture or recycle existing resources. Using recycled material helps to safeguard and reduce the need for natural resources as well as minimising the requirement for landfill.

Jerome Finlayson, Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service, said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for businesses to see first-hand how they can make savings by using recycled materials and creating a ‘circular economy’. 

“As we work towards meeting the Scottish Government’s target of reducing carbon emissions by 42% by 2020, it is essential that Scottish businesses embrace this type of technology. I would urge all companies to come along and find out how to access funding and support to allow your business to adopt this type of technology in turn making huge savings.” 

Louise McGregor, Head of Market Development, Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“We’d like to see as many businesses as possible come to this event which is a great opportunity to see the benefits of a ‘circular economy’ approach in action, and to hear about funding and support available to develop this approach. Zero Waste Scotland works with sustainable Scottish industries which have huge potential to reduce waste and our impact on the environment, while helping us move towards a more circular economy – an economy in which waste is a resource and jobs and growth are created by unlocking its potential.”

Notes For Editors

• Progress Rail designs and manufactures special track work products both for the UK and international markets. The RTS division’s foundry and machine shop in Scotland is a world leading producer of cast manganese steel rail crossings and other items, regularly exporting products to the USA and Hong Kong, as well as supplying the UK market.


• Part of Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service is focused on developing a culture of business excellence in all manufacturing companies in Scotland. SMAS helps businesses become more profitable, competitive and successful by designing and delivering tailored manufacturing improvement support.


• Zero Waste Scotland delivers a range of support programmes, campaigns and other interventions to help people and organisations on the journey to Zero Waste.

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