October 11, 2016
The United Kingdom Cartridge Remanufacturers’ Association (UKCRA) will host its next meeting of members at the Novotel in Coventry, England on Thursday 10 November, and members can register to attend here. This latest meeting will start at 10am, and will see two presentations given by Dr. Michael Gell and Dr. Michael Groves on ‘When the printer says no’ and ‘Mapping’.
Gell, of Greenclick, is “an expert in ecodesign, new technologies and green business” and will – in the first talk – give an overview of strategic implications for the remanufacturing industry of novel and other uses of firmware upgrade to affect functionality within a customer’s printer. The second talk Mapping will be given jointly by Gell, of Greenclick and Groves, who works for Topolytics, an |expert in providing consultancy and advisory services”.
The talk will look at the remanufacturing industry’s opportunity to develop new capabilities drawn from concepts in predictive analytics, big data and visualisation, with the talk covering a range of advanced techniques that can provide the industry with the capability to gain powerful new insights into the new challenges that are emerging, and in turn design value chains with improved business and environmental performance.
The last meeting, in June, saw a open discussion of potential impacts on the remanufacturing industry in the aftermath of the UK leaving the EU. Ken Lalley, Static Control Europe’s Managing Director, gave a talk at the event called The industry – where next?, while Uninet Imaging Europe’s Managing Director, Zoltan Matyas gave a presentation on digital marketing, and why it offers a big opportunity to remanufacturers, as well as covering what companies need to do to take advantage of it.
That meeting also saw the association choose a new committee, with I-Tel Supplies’ Mel Gauci taking over as Chairman from Promax Imaging’s Chris Brooks, while Promax’ Tim Parsons took on the Treasurer role from GreenCat’s Gerry Barnes. Wta’s Lee Fowler was appointed as a Support Committee Member, while Kleen Strike’s Laura Heywood again took on the role of Secretary.
The association noted earlier this year it has “been at the vanguard of remanufacturing and sustainability for over 25 years”, witnessing “significant changes” thanks to the “digital revolution”. Among challenges encountered in 2015 were labelling by a UK health body that excluded remanufactured cartridges, identified by UKCRA member Alan Castro, of LaserCare Anglia, with UKCRA and ETIRA eventually succeeding in changing the health body’s policy.
Also in 2015, UKCRA addressed the impact of the new WEEE regulations, launching an impact assessment, hosting a meeting to launch the report at which UK government agencies were present to help members understand the issues arising. UKCRA then later met to discuss compliance with WEEE2 at a separate meeting. Finally, in October, UKCRA launched its WEEE2 guide for UK remanufacturers, which it said was a “useful tool for understanding the regulations that came into effect” earlier this year.
Other achievements included submitting a paper providing suggestions for the EU’s circular economy, as well as Correspondence Secretary Laura Heywood’s attendance at the follow-up conference for the UK report into the remanufacturing industry in September 2015. The association noted that to find out about becoming a UKCRA member, those interested can contact [email protected].