End-of-lease asset recovery: the Oce case
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Océ enables organizations to manage their document flow and exchange information effectively and efficiently. Océ produces and delivers copiers, printers, plotters, and hybrid systems that integrate various functions like copying, scanning, and printing. Further, Océ delivers consumables and supplies, as well as services and support. Océ tries to have a proactive attitude towards environmental legislation and regulations, and is constantly looking for new information about product safety and environmental issues. At the beginning of the 1980s, Océ started to remanufacture machines. Machines that came back to the organization were cleaned and sold to its Operating Companies (OpCos) that operate local markets worldwide. At the beginning of the 1990s, Océ started recovery activities for parts of machines within an assembly department. Parts of machines were taken out and installed in other machines, after the parts were thoroughly cleaned. In December 1995, a separate unit was formed within Océ in Venlo, the Netherlands, called Asset Recovery (AR).