IBM has opened its first server remanufacturing centre in Shenzhen, China, reducing e-waste and providing affordable refurbished IT equipment to Chinese clients.
IBM already has remanufacturing and refurbishment operations in Australia, Singapore, Japan, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany and the US. By locating a facility in China, the company hopes to reduce the amount of e-waste going into landfills.
Remanufacturing essentially extends the life of older IT equipment. IBM will buy back select IBM Power Systems from clients as they upgrade to new IBM equipment.
The facility will initially remanufacture hundreds of mid-range IBM Power Systems, which are reconditioned, tested and certified using rigorous processes and original manufacturing standards, or rebuilt to meet specific customer requirements.
The facility will rapidly expand to remanufacture 100,000 PCs and low-end and mid-range IBM and non-IBM servers per year by 2014.
Remanufactured equipment will be more affordable than new products. IBM says Chinese clients will be able to acquire IBM Certified Pre-owned Equipment to supplement and support their IT operations.
In addition to remanufacturing and certifying equipment, IBM Global Asset Recovery Services handles complete removal and dismantling of unwanted or end-of-life IT products, preventing on average 97 percent of the weight of equipment it processes from going into landfills.