Fuji Xerox Australia officially opened its new $8 million, Eco-Manufacturing Centre in Sydney today.
Eight years in the making, the new centre is a showcase of the company's efforts to conserve resources and decreaselandfill and waste through re-manufacturing, environmental product design and recycling.
Senator Richard Alston, the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, attended the openingand presented a Graduate Partner certificate under the Partnerships for Development (PfD) program to the documentmanagement solutions provider - Fuji Xerox - in recognition of the contributions the company has made indevelopment and environmental activities.
The PfD program asks private enterprises, in return for conducting business with government, to boost investmentand employment opportunities within Australia.
Fuji Xerox joined the program in 1992 and has contributed more than $16 million in developing environmentalprograms and establishing the Eco-Manufacturing Centre.
With a staff of 120, the new centre re-manufactures items including lasers, fuser rollers, print cartridges andoffice machine components. Engineers take a used component, dismantle, test and re-engineer improvements into theproduct, so it is "as good as new".
The eco-manufacturing process protects the environment by reducing landfill and reducing waste by using valuableexisting resources.
In 2000, Fuji Xerox re-manufactured more than 80,000 cartridges, reducing waste to landfill by 50,000 kilograms.