Circular Computing expands its RAKEZ facility and receives BSI Kitemark certification

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

  
Sheikh Mohammed bin Humaid Al Qasimi cutting the ribbon during the re-opening ceremony of Circular Computing

Sheikh Mohammed bin Humaid Al Qasimi cutting the ribbon during the re-opening ceremony of Circular Computing

Ras Al Khaimah: 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.”

For more information, please contact:
Cleo Eleazar, Public Relations & Events Manager, RAKEZ
Phone: +971 7 2077173; Email: c.eleazar@rakez.com

About Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ):

RAKEZ is a powerhouse business and industrial hub established by the Government of Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates. It currently hosts over 15,000 companies coming from over 100+ countries and operating in more than 50 industries.

RAKEZ offers entrepreneurs, startups, SMEs and manufacturers a wide-range of solutions, including free zone and non-free zone licences, customisable facilities, and first-class services provided in a one-stop shop. Furthermore, RAKEZ has specialised zones that are tailored to specific needs of investors: Al Nakheel and Al Hamra Business Zones for commercial and service companies; Al Ghail, Al Hamra and Al Hulaila Industrial Zones for manufacturers and industrialists; and an Academic Zone for educational providers.

A leading economic zone, RAKEZ aims to continue attracting diversified investment opportunities that will contribute to the economic growth of Ras Al Khaimah.

About Circular Computing

Circular Computing TM is the world’s first secondary equipment manufacturer. The parent company, A2C Services Ltd has been in existence since 1992, but in more recent times set out on a mission with a simple thought - how can we remanufacture a laptop to be ‘like new’?

Since then, the business has built a state-of-the-art remanufacturing facility and developed a 360-stage process to deliver HP, Dell, Lenovo and other brand laptops that have comparable performance and reliability to ‘new’.

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