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Kleen Strike celebrates 32 years in business

August 13, 2015

The UK-based remanufacturer first started in the industry in 1983.

Kleen Strike Directors Don Barker, Laura Heywood, Alistair Barker and Alan Longstaff, with Pauline Hilton, Admin

Kleen Strike Directors Don Barker, Laura Heywood, Alistair Barker and Alan Longstaff, with Pauline Hilton, Admin

The company, which celebrated its 30th anniversary two years ago in July, has in recent times moved premises, won a local environmental award and been visited by a leader of the local council . The remanufacturer’s director Alastair Barker noting that “we’ve seen many changes in the industry we have been a part of for so long, and are sure there’ll be many more”.

Among the changes have been the company’s shift from “selling new and reloaded” typewriter and printer ribbons to “laser and inkjet” cartridges in the late 1980s, and it has also diversified “a bit” to offer printer repairs, new and “reconditioned” printers, and office supplies alongside cartridges. The company’s name came from the “impact technology” used with the ribbons, but this and its original business changed “almost overnight” because of the advent of laser printers.

A challenge it faced was its move in 2013, which “was a difficult task” made easy by their courier driver spotting a building available in Rochdale town centre, near Manchester in England. By coincidence the company moved from the former “largest cotton mill in the world” to a site called “Pioneer House”, named after the Rochdale Pioneers, a precursor of co-operative movements.

Managing Director Laura Heywood, who has been Secretary of UK association UKCRA for “the last 18 years”, has also “been involved in green issues” during the business’ existence, including most recently attending the follow-up conference for the UK government’s remanufacturing report. Barker added that for the company, “it’s important to change as the industry changes, but at the same time to be active enough to be a contributor to those changes and in a positive way”. Laura Heywood also attended a cross-industry remanufacturing workshop last October, and you can read a feature on the event in issue 274.

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