REMANUFACTURE & RE-USE THE CYCLING INDUSTRY & THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY
The Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland (MTBCoS) and the Scottish Institute for Remanufacturing (SIR) are hosting an event to look into how the cycling industry can reduce waste and redesign their products to allow for reuse or remanufacture.
We are also delighted to announce that Isla Rowntree of Islabike will be presenting at the event to talk about the "Imagine Project" of leasing bikes and how they will be designed for longeivity and easy refurbishment.
The Circular Economy
In its simplest form, the Circular Economy (CE) focuses on moving away from a throwaway society towards a model where products are designed and manufactured to be reused, repaired, recycled, reconditioned and remanufactured. This increases product lifecycle, cuts costs and stops wastage of finite resources.
The remanufacturing market is worth an estimated £1.1 billion in Scotland, employing over 19,000 people, with a predicted increase of a further £620 million by 2020.
Remanufacturing cuts across many sectors in Scotland, with significant activity in aerospace, automotive and energy. In addition to this there are several sectors with strong growth potential for remanufacturing including ICT, medical equipment, furniture and rail
The Cycling Industry
The UK cycling industry had a turnover of £2.6 billion in 2015 and globally the industry is work €35.7 billion. Along with the growing popularity of E-Bikes and a drive to reduce urban air pollution, the cycling industry is growing across the world and this means more opportunities for innovative products.
There is an oppurtunity for attendees to present a 2 minute speed pitch to highlight your expertise or requirements to the rest of the audience. There will be two networking sessions to build upon the speed pitches.
Who should attend?
- Cycling companies producing bikes, e-bikes, components, clothing, protection, tyres, wearable technology
- Academics from engineering, textiles, polymer, electronics, manufacturing, business schools, chemicals, physics backgrounds
- Companies providing services & products in the reuse and remanufacture of goods
- Students and entrepreneurs with business ideas.
What cycling products could be designed for remanufacture:
- Clothes including protection and body armour
- Carbon fibre & other composites
- Steel, aluminium & titanium frames
- Electronic goods
- Batteries & electric motors
10:00 – Welcome & Introduction: Danny Cowe (Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland) Prof Geraint Florida-James
10:10 – Event Partner: Scottish Institute for Remanufacturing – Dr Jacqueline Balfour
10:20 – Isla Bikes – Isla Rowntree “Imagine Project” – bike leasing and circular economy
10:40 – Recyclatech – Prof Nick Christofi “Rubber Crumb” – an ecological way to reuse vehicle rubber with no loss in quality
10:50 – SPEED PITCHING SESSION 1
11:10 – NETWORKING SESSION 1
11:40 – Remanufacturing Company #2: TBC
11:50 - Zero Waste Scotland – Lynn Wilson
12:00 – SPEED PITCHING SESSION 2
12:15 – NETWORKING SESSION 2 – Lunch Served
12:45 - Closing remarks followed by further networking