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Environmental
Responsibility &
Planning

 

Repair, recycling and re-use has always been a major part of how Comtek operates, both internally and externally. Our consistently high praise during environmental audits, the many green awards which we have won and our ISO 14001 accreditation testify to this.

 

Repair, Recycle and Re-Use

Comtek’s campaigns for environmental responsibility in terms of the reduction of e-waste have been well documented over the many years in which we have been in operation. Environmental sustainability is at the very heart of our business.

Comtek’s repair activities greatly extend the working life of Telecoms hardware, reducing costs for customers, protecting the environment, and providing sustainability.

The environmental challenges facing the world are now a major concern. Through its exceptional engineering skills, Comtek makes a significant positive contribution to the circular economy and to climate change.

Following the COP 26 meeting in the UK, we feel that, at last, environmental issues are at the heart of business and there is a groundswell of ambition in companies looking at the sustainability issues embedded in their corporate social responsibility. This is something which Comtek has strived towards since its inception.

We welcome the opportunity to support like- minded companies in their own environmentally sustainable practices.

Environmental Commitments 

Global Supply & Chip Shortage 

Consumers and businesses started buying new laptops and servers to cater for staff working remotely and children being home-schooled. So, whereas worldwide semiconductor sales declined between 2018 and 2019, in 2020 sales grew 6.5%. This rapid growth has continued in 2021, and according to trade organisation the Semiconductor Industry Association, sales for May 2021 were 26% higher than the same time last year.

It is, therefore, no surprise manufacturers are struggling to keep pace, but the pandemic has also exposed pressure points in the global chip supply chain, with the vast majority of manufacturing being carried out by two companies – Taiwan’s TSMC and South Korea’s Samsung. These foundries are particularly dominant when it comes to the leading-edge chips used in mobile devices or for military applications.

Along side semiconductors, new technology products require multiple rare earth metals in their construction. Such metals are only found in a handful of countries. They are difficult to mine and almost impossible to extract through recycling processes.

China has between 80-95% of the world’s rare earth elements and despite previously indicating that it would stop exporting most of these elements by 2012, continues to export. The repair and reuse of faulty equipment leads to a diminished need for the manufacture of brand new products which contain rare earth metals. Support for this view is given in the WEEE directives, which state that reuse of equipment is 20 times “greener” than recycling.

Rethink Your Approach

The change in the supply landscape, geopolitical issues such as COVID-19 and the race to carbon neutrality are starting to change the way your business operates. Now more than ever there is a great need to maintain/repair more existing hardware and the value of legacy equipment is rapidly increasing.

Comtek is an ideal UK and EU partner to help support your green ambitions and ideally set to offer comprehensive repair services on a range of devices such as –  optical transmission, network devices, PSU, UPS, microwave/RF and many more telecommunication/power devices.

We are ISO 14001 accredited with an excellent track record of reducing e-waste and responsibly recycling all of the waste produced at our sites. Recently we have worked with numerous companies that are experiencing huge supply issues from countries like China and Taiwan, enabling them to continue using legacy infrastructure, backed by robust SLA’s.

If you want to learn more about how we can reduce your carbon footprint or unlock value from unwanted equipment with our consignment services please start a conversation with us.

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