PARC project mentioned at G7 workshop in Canada
25 June 2018
Under the scope of Canada’s G7 Presidency in 2018, and following the group leaders’ summit in Charlevoix earlier this month, Panalpina was invited to participate with a supply chain perspective in the G7 value retention policies workshop on advancing remanufacturing, refurbishment, repair and direct reuse.
The event, which was held at the Panoramic Hall of the Montreal Science Centre on 21-22 June, included a section on reverse logistics.
The objective of the workshop was to explore the necessary conditions for companies to extend product life cycles.
On the opening day, Panalpina’s keynote speaker Dimitri Brink, country head of marketing and sales in Canada, presented on how state-of-the-art technology and global supply chain networks are the key to enabling the transition to circular economies.
Referring specifically to the work done at PARC, Brink explained, “We [Panalpina] also 3D-print parts in our facility in London and, specifically to extend the life of a product, we recently completed a project with our research team at Cardiff University where a watch repair company wanted to fix a watch but was unable to do so as they couldn’t source the parts". Brink continued, "We helped them print them using our spare parts on demand 3D printing and the issue was resolved. The product went from labelled for scrapping to having an extended life cycle.”