Fujifilm Outsources Camera Recycling Operation to GreenWood, Inc.
Greenville, SC - - November 10, 2009 - - GreenWood, Inc., an integrated operations, maintenance and construction solutions provider, recently assumed responsibility for Fujifilm’s QuickSnap camera recycling operations through an outsourced model. Fujifilm relocated the recycling operations from Mexico to reduce transportation costs and integrate the operations into its manufacturing operations.
GreenWood personnel are involved with the entire recycling process where tens of thousands of cameras are processed every day within a 24/7 operation. Operators are cross-trained to rotate between various work stations including camera disassembly, removal of components, component testing, and plastic recycling. Beyond a cost-effective skilled labor source, GreenWood staffers have proactively made contributions for continuous improvement efficiencies of the recycling operation. Overall, Fujifilm can reduce the use of virgin materials by operating an environmentally-friendly process for recycling cameras.
Fujifilm’s QuickSnap is the world’s first one-time-use camera of which 82% of its collected camera components are reused or recycled. Millions of cameras are collected annually as part of Fujifilm’s recycling program which has grown 1500% since its inception in 1990. The various camera components are reused if they meet stringent quality testing standards while the remaining camera components are recycled.
“We wanted an outsourced provider to take an operation that was ‘non-core’, but still critical to our manufacturing process. At the same time, we needed a close partner who would use their own initiative for continuous improvement,” says Wayne Behrendt, Director of Photo Imaging Products, Fujifilm Manufacturing U.S.A. “From the very first meeting, GreenWood demonstrated they had the expertise, that they understood our needs and were willing to be flexible in structuring operations in a way that was best for our company and culture.”
About GreenWood, Inc.
GreenWood provides integrated maintenance, operations and construction solutions designed to extend the life of critical assets, influence operational efficiencies and deliver bottom line improvements for plants and facilities throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. We operate under a “Customer-Centered” philosophy where safety performance is always first and our flexibility to respond to customer needs is an ongoing priority. For more information, visit www.GreenWoodInc.com.
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