Circular Computing expands its RAKEZ facility and receives BSI Kitemark certification

14 November 2021

Circular Computing, a UK remanufacturer of used laptops, continues to flourish in Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone’s (RAKEZ) ecosystem, expanding its state-of-the-art production facility to a total of 27,460 m2 with an investment of AED 8 million. The facility will have a production rate of 50,000 rebuilt laptops per month within two years, which will create around 300 new jobs in Ras Al Khaimah.

In addition to the expansion, Circular Computing recently became the world’s first company to receive a BSI Kitemark Certification for its circular production process, in which pre-used laptops are remanufactured to be “equal to or better than new” in terms of appearance and function. BSI Kitemark Certification is a prestigious UK product and service quality certification mark, which demonstrates that a product or service has gone beyond the normal requirements to achieve the highest standards.

Circular Computing’s distinctive remanufacturing process creates a sizeable environmental impact through sustainable savings of 316 kgs of CO2, 1,200 kgs of resource preservation and 190,000 litres of water. The company’s products are also 100% carbon neutral, and it plants trees for every laptop sold. So far, Circular Computing has already planted nearly 200,000 trees, which should absorb nearly 120 million kgs of CO2 from the atmosphere.

“This is about sustainability without compromise,” said Rod Neale, Founder of Circular Computing. “In 2015, we decided to build the world’s first factory dedicated to bringing professionalism, legitimacy, purpose and scale to the re-use of laptop products and we have spent the time from then to today learning and earning our skills. Today is a defining step in that journey. The BSI Kitemark certification confirms the end of one journey, to develop the technology and skills to be able to deliver a product that is defined as ‘as new’, and the beginning of a new journey, which is to make the buying of pre-used tech that has been remanufactured to an ‘as new’ state a normality.”

A re-opening ceremony was conducted at Circular Computing’s newly expanded facility, which was attended by Sheikh Mohammed bin Humaid Al Qasimi, Managing Director of RAKEZ, and Her Majesty’s Consul General Simon Penny from the British Embassy in Dubai.

Congratulating Circular Computing on its back-to-back achievements, Ramy Jallad, Group CEO of RAKEZ, said: “It is very rewarding for us to see our clients achieve milestones and embark on expansions that are aligned with their vision. We are happy to be part of Circular Computing’s impactful and sustainable journey and we aim to see more success stories in our ecosystem.

Our main goal is to provide innovative and customisable business solutions that help support our clients in becoming world-leaders in their fields.”

“Circular Computing is a great British company demonstrating the circular economy in action. Old laptops are saved from landfill and sustainably remanufactured, supporting communities, education providers and businesses in adopting sustainable IT and working towards being carbon neutral,” said Mr Penny. “I was delighted to present the team at Circular Computing with the first ever BSI Kitemark in Circular Remanufacturing.  Congratulations to RAKEZ for supporting Circular Computing in their growth and contribution to sustainable manufacturing.”

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