Eric lent a great deal of gravitas to the event, outlining government policy on UK business growth and the parallels between the start ups within Tech City and the recycling pilot committed to by both companies. The event, attended by over 100 people, also raised a healthy amount for the Age UK when people were invited to bring any old or redundant, personal IT equipment with them on the day, the value of which was given to the charity.
During the event and later facility tour, outlining RDC’s remarketing, redeployment and recycling services – Gerry Hackett, Managing Director of RDC revealed some really interesting statistics. Just a few to sample below:-
- In the last 3 years RDC had internationally remarketed, redeployed and recycled enough IT equipment to fill the new Olympic Stadium, 350 times over!
- Recycling, turnover and profitability has grown over 100% in the past 3 years showing how important IT recycling has become to the British economy.
- RDC have recently been awarded their third Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2012, this time for International Trade, adding to the awards for Innovation and Sustainable in 2002 and 2009 embracing comprehensive data security, wiping and electronic safety testing.
- RDC now exports IT equipment to 71 countries with staff speaking 19 languages allowing less developed countries to take advantage of second user systems.
RDC also outlined its vision for the future for 2012 and beyond – ‘The cloud’ and consumerisation are the key technology drivers! However, for RDC, this is also coupled with the economic tilting of the world towards the South and East that will also shift the origination and market for used product. Whereas in 2003 less than 5% of their customers’ product left the UK, it is now approaching 80% that is being exported. RDC recognise this and are thus offering flexible access to the disposal and purchase used equipment for the future.
This includes the development of a range of web solutions in multiple languages for businesses, consumers and employees, to return and purchase used equipment on-line, an example of which you can see at Money4computers.com.
Together, with Computacenter their parent company, RDC help to deliver a truly end-to-end infrastructure service, allowing clients to make money, recycle, and save the planet, all at the same time!