Fuji Xerox Australia officially opened its new A$8 million (US$4 million), Eco-Manufacturing Centre in Sydney on Tuesday.
Eight years in the making, the new centre is a showcase of the company's efforts to conserve resources and decrease landfill and waste through re-manufacturing, environmental product design and recycling.
Senator Richard Alston, the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, attended the opening and presented a Graduate Partner certificate under the Partnerships for Development (PfD) program to the document management solutions provider - Fuji Xerox - in recognition of the contributions the company has made in development and environmental activities.
The PfD program asks private enterprises, in return for conducting business with government, to boost investment and employment opportunities within Australia.
Fuji Xerox joined the program in 1992 and has contributed more than A$16 million in developing environmental programs and establishing the Eco-Manufacturing Centre.
With a staff of 120, the new centre re-manufactures items including lasers, user rollers, print cartridges and office machine components. Engineers take a used component, dismantle, test and re-engineer improvements into the product, so it is "as good as new".
The eco-manufacturing process protects the environment by reducing landfill and reducing waste by using valuable existing resources.
In 2000, Fuji Xerox re-manufactured more than 80,000 cartridges, reducing waste to landfill by 50,000 kilograms.