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The ReMade in Queensland program will help local small-to-medium sized manufacturing and recycling businesses adopt remanufacturing processes that reduce waste and energy costs, reuse materials that might otherwise end up in landfill and convert these materials into new manufactured goods.

The aim is for Queensland manufacturers to recover 80 per cent of all waste and achieve 65 per cent recycling rates across all waste types by 2030 – read here.

But, what exactly is remanufacturing and why is it seen as being increasingly important?

The Scottish Institute for Remanufacturing, linked below, explain its importance and help to define the term itself.

Remanufacturing is an essential part of the production process as there are simply not enough available materials to sustain traditional production usage.

The Institute helps clarify the definition with the example of an engine reaching the end of its life cycle. There are a few alternatives at this point:-

Re-cycling where it is melted down and the resultant material can be used elsewhere across a number of products.

Repairing – a repair would fix a specific fault with no guarantee of how long that would last or if any other parts would fail.

Re-using – a functioning engine could be put into another vehicle
Remanufacturing – returning the engine as a whole to a new, if not better, condition.

The link here to The Scottish Remanufacturing Institute features a video showcasing large scale remanufacturing as well as advice on integrating remanufacturing into your business model.