IBM Launches Server Remanufacturing Center in China

IBM opened its first server remanufacturing center in China to capitalize on the growing market for used IT equipment and to help cut down on e-waste in a country known for it.

IBM announced the opening of a new server remanufacturing center in China to extend the life of older IT equipment that otherwise would go into landfills.

The new center, located in Shenzhen, will help reduce the impact of e-waste on the environment. IBM will also buy back select IBM Power Systems from clients as they upgrade to new IBM equipment.

IBM said the new facility expands the company's global remanufacturing and refurbishment operations in Australia, Singapore, Japan, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany and the United States. The Shenzhen facility will initially remanufacture hundreds of midrange IBM Power Systems, which are reconditioned, tested and certified using rigorous processes and original manufacturing standards, or rebuilt to meet specific customer requirements. The facility will rapidly expand to remanufacture 100,000 PCs and low-end and midrange IBM and non-IBM servers per year by 2014.

According to IDC, the used equipment market in China is forecast to reach $25 billion by 2014, with more than two-thirds forecast for used low-end, midrange and high-end servers and PCs alone.

IBM's remanufacturing center is a positive initiative in a country known for e-waste. Guiyu, China, is known as the country's electronic waste village and is a dumping ground for discarded electronic equipment from around the world; almost 80 percent of the discarded electronics come from outside China.

TIME magazine ran a photo essay on the situation. The Chinese electronic wasteland also was the subject of a "60 Minutes" episode.

€œThe demand for IT products in emerging markets is growing; however, not all businesses want to purchase new products,€ Richard Dicks, general manager of IBM Global Asset Recovery Services, said in a statement. €œAs the first IT provider licensed by the government to remanufacture servers on mainland China, IBM can help clients affordably acquire IBM Certified Pre-owned Equipment locally to supplement and support their IT operations while helping the environment.€

For nearly 30 years, IBM Global Asset Recovery Services has provided clients with an environmentally responsible approach to managing older and end-of-life IT equipment, the company said. The company takes back IBM and non-IBM equipment at end of lease or when a client decides to upgrade in mid-lease. In addition to remanufacturing and certifying equipment, IBM Global Asset Recovery Services handles complete removal and dismantling of unwanted or end-of-life IT products, preventing, on average, 97 percent of the weight of equipment it processes from going into landfills.

IBM said China represents a promising opportunity for IBM Certified Pre-owned Equipment, especially for small and midsized businesses that want to lower IT costs, or for clients that need to meet short-term IT project requirements, find emergency replacements or expand existing IBM infrastructure when a specific model is no longer in production.

IBM Global Asset Recovery Services is a unit of IBM Global Financing, a technology financier with $36 billion. Created in 1981, IBM Global Financing operates in 50 countries.