Kennametal Hails Successful Launch of Global Carbide Recycling Program


“We’ve endorsed and practiced carbide recycling for a long time, but it wasn’t as systematic or efficient as it could be,” explains Pankaj Khare, senior product manager, Kennametal Inc. By comparison, the current carbide recycling program launched in July 2005 is very straightforward and easy to use. It also is web-enabled, so shops large and small around the world have direct program access.

For Kennametal, carbide recycling “completes the loop in supply-chain efficiency for the customer while emphasizing ease of use for increased participation,” says Khare. After completing and submitting an online form, users can print a shipping label and send the materials to Kennametal with a confirmation number. The carbide must be free of ceramics, cermets, and steel, and shipped in closed containers not to exceed 1,000 pounds.

Benefits include cash back, invoice reduction, or new tooling, depending on the customer’s needs. Khare describes the first phase of the program as being exceptionally well-received by Fortune 500 companies and smaller operations alike. “It confirms Kennametal’s role as a total tooling solutions provider and exemplifies good environmental stewardship around the world,” he says.
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