HSSMI in Remanufacturing Mission to China

Dr David Stewart from HSSMI along with other UK delegates from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, British Standards Institution, Oakdene Hollins, The University of Brighton, Zero Waste Scotland and Knowledge Transfer Network joined a trade mission to China in May 2016 as part of a project sponsored by the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office. The agenda included a Sino-UK Remanufacturing workshop, presenting at the World Remanufacturing Summit 2016, a visit to an industry demonstration base in Shanghai, and meetings with senior Chinese Government officials.

The purposes of the mission were to:

  • Understand and appreciate the market size, the state-of-the-art in policy development and technologies used by the remanufacturing sector in China.
  • Understand the UK’s position in the area in relation to the rest of the world.
  • Present UK leadership in remanufacturing to a global audience.
  • Initiate a dialogue between the UK and Chinese Governments to facilitate future cooperation and exchange on the issue.
  • Identify the opportunities for commercial collaboration and the potential for knowledge exchange and development of standards in remanufacturing between organisations in China and the UK.

”Remanufacturing is emerging as an important strategy for overcoming our unsustainable production and consumption habits, whilst simultaneously unlocking economic value in the recovery of end of life products,” says David. ”China has recognised this and as such, has set out plans to develop the sector to be 10 times its current size over the next 5 years. The UK is still scoping out what sort of action should be taken to help nurture the UK remanufacturing industry in line with our wider economy. The trip to China helped forge new relationships between UK and Chinese experts in this field so that learnings can be shared and new opportunities for the development of a global remanufacturing industry can be realised.”

The trip was organised by Dr Yan Wang from the University of Brighton  and Professor Wei Zhang from the National Key Lab for Remanufacturing in China. The report on the trade mission has been published and can accessed online on KTN website.

To contact David to find out more about the trade mission and how HSSMI can support you with your end-of-life strategy, please email Dr David Stewart, david.stewart@hssmi.org.