Re-manufacturing and Re-use in the Cycling Industry and 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.

Start date and time

Thursday 19 January 2017 10:00 AM

Event cost

£5-10 (plus VAT & fee)

We are also delighted to announce that Isla Rowntree of Islabike will be presenting at the event about the bike lease project "Imagine Project" and how they will be designed for longevity and easy refurbishment.

The Circular Economy

In its simplest form, the Circular Economy (CE) focuses on moving away from a throwaway society and towards a model where products are designed and manufactured to be reused, repaired, recycled, reconditioned and re-manufactured. This increases product life-cycle, cuts costs and stops wastage of finite resources.

The re-manufacturing 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.

Re-manufacturing 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 re-manufacturing 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.

Speed Pitching 

There is an opportunity for attendees to present a two-minute speed pitch to highlight your expertise or requirements to the rest of the audience. There will then 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
  • Tyres
  • Components
  • 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 – First speed pitching session
11:10 – First networking session
11:40 – Remanufacturing Company #2: TBC 
11:50 - Zero Waste Scotland – Lynn Wilson
12:00 – Second speed pitching session 
12:15 – Second networking session and lunch served
12:45 - Closing remarks followed by further networking

Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland

Peel Tower
Glentress Forest
near Peebles
Scottish Borders
EH45 8NB

+44 (0)1721 722172