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GRIGA Forum in China Results in Successful Collaboration

3 Nov, 2010

GRIGA Forum in China Results in Successful Collaboration

Zhuhai, China (Sept. 2010) - The charter meeting  of the Global Remanufacturing Industry General Assembly (GRIGA), held on September 25 in Zhuhai, China, ran as flawlessly and precise as a Swiss watch. This inaugural event signals a new era for the imaging industry: one of international communication and collaboration.

GRIGA provided a new forum for delegates from international trade associations, industry media and entrepreneurs of the world to join together and discuss common issues faced by the industry as a whole. Chairmen Art Diamond and Arnald Ho, together with seven guest speakers from America, China, India, The Netherlands, Russia and the United Kingdom, addressed key issues in the imaging supplies aftermarket and hosted open and productive discussions with 211 delegates in attendance from 13 countries and world regions.

“One purpose of this Assembly,” said Tony Lee, Managing Director of Recycling Times Media Corporation and the initiator and organizer of GRIGA, “was to enhance worldwide understanding of trends, directions and standards in the development of the copier and printer consumables aftermarket. Another objective was to share the experience of promoting eco-friendly, remanufactured products and the remanufacturing philosophy with the public, thereby promoting the healthy and steady growth of the remanufacturing industry around the globe. I believe the event achieved all these things and more.”

At this first assembly, it was unanimously agreed that GRIGA should be held at least once each year as an international conference for the global cartridge remanufacturing industry. GRIGA’s mission and goals also won resounding applause from the delegates for the following resolution:

The Assembly’s mission is to convene national leaders in an environment of equality, communication and collaboration, so as to enhance worldwide understanding of trends, directions and standards in the development of this industry. Another goal is to promote eco-friendly, remanufactured products and to educate consumers, businesses and government agencies on the economic and environmental benefits of remanufacturing.

By publicizing the remanufacturing philosophy and by uniting leaders in many nations, GRIGA’s objective is to unite the industry, to speak in one voice, and to sustain a robust and steady demand for remanufactured imaging products around the globe.

Chairman Arnald Ho said, “Our industry needs to overcome many challenges and barriers if we still want to grow and expand our market. Instead of competing with each other, the companies that make up the industry should work together to create a larger pie for the industry as a whole to divide. In the meantime, most companies in our industry are small businesses without sufficient resources to run such an end-user oriented campaign. Therefore, the best way for us is to join hands and start with a project that is achievable.”

Key issues discussed
The subjects covered at this first Assembly included, market trends, regional industry updates, legal issues, biotoner and consumer choices.

The industry’s attention was drawn to biotoner by Chairman Art Diamond’s claim that the future of the industry may be brightened by biotoners. Biotoners have many advantages over conventional toner. For example, they are prepared from resins based on renewable resources (derivatives of corn, sweet potatoes, sugar cane, sugar beets and other grown and harvested plants). Therefore they help reduce the world’s dependency on crude oil. Biotoners are biodegradable when composted with organic material. They can also be decomposed by heat and moisture therefore they enable easier de-inking of toner from recycled office waste paper. Diamond also emphasized that biotoners offer the remanufacturing industry a chance to lead instead of follow the aftermarket supplies industry. Joined in the discussion was Velliyur Sankaran of Sankaran Consulting, an expert in toner development and material integration with high-speed laser and LED printers. He provided more data and information regarding the bioresins used in biotoner. 

Because biotoner is still quite new to many in the industry, the topic has raised much interest and discussion. During the round-table discussion, there was a heated debate over whether or not biotoner is suitable for aftermarket. But certainly, it is something new for the remanufacturing industry to explore, especially since monochrome biotoners are commanding premium prices and thicker profit margins than standard monochrome toner based on petroleum-based resins.   

Communication, Unity and Prosperity was the theme of GRIGA. Communication can enhance mutual understanding and thus bring Unity to the industry. When the industry can join together, hand-in-hand, all players will share in Prosperity. Chairman Art Diamond also prescribed a formula for the industry: Unity+Quality+Ecology = Growth.

This charter event of GRIGA was only the first step. But it gave hope of global unity and direction, which has the potential to shape the future for all related to remanufacturing. Tony Lee, Publisher of Recycling Times, said, “Although we successfully organized the first GRIGA event, it is only the beginning. We will continue to put forth efforts into GRIGA and help it grow and therefore benefit the industry.”

GRIGA needs continuous support and contributions from the industry. If you have any opinions and suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@therecycler.com.cn 

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