Institute for Innovation in Remanufacture & Reuse


The Institute Project is currently in the concept development phase with AUT and the Circular Economy Advisory Board.

Increasing Remanufacture, repair and the reuse of materials opportunities are fundamental to achieving a more circular economy in NZ.

The Institute would bring together multi-disciplinary teams that enable businesses, through innovative technologies, to address technical issues around remanufacture, repair or reuse.

How the Institute would work

Businesses with relevant technical challenges are identified by SBN using a set of high level criteria and funnelled into the Institute for a no-obligations discussion. The Institute will engage with its network of technical experts who will propose potential options for tackling the problem. If the business then decides to go further, people from the Institute can help to put funding bids together if needed and the right combination of skills to work on the problem to provide a practical solution.

The concept is based on a number of Remanufacturing Institutes around the World.

Immediate next steps

We need to uncover more examples of the types of problems within Business that the Institute could help solve. If you have an identified opportunity within your organisation around increasing value via remanufacture or the reuse of materials please let james@sustainable know the details.