By Kari Williamson

The Sandvik Coromant recycling concept (CRC) was implemented already in 1996 as an initiative to minimise waste and offset the effects of raw material consumption. Sandvik Coromat has now taken this further by creating a closed-looped manufacturing supply chain for tungsten carbide.

"Recycling has moved beyond the obvious environmental benefits and has taken on added dimension in the modern world. No longer can companies limit their vision," says Karl Almquist, Manager of Business Services. "They must also ensure sustainability for the business and then look beyond for the business opportunities within."

Sandvik Coromat is looking at tungsten carbide recycling in the context of the customer's value chain from R&D through production logistics, saying the customer can incorporate recycling into various processes from the dispensing of tungsten carbide inserts, their use in production, collection, recycling and then use that money to purchase new inserts or to finance new tooling projects.