ECO PC

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In 1995 Eco PC was created within Moria, from the basic idea that a large part of the computer infrastructure that was too old for business, could still be refurbished and reused. And that it was possible to train previous long term job seekers to become PC technicians and work in this area. The main focus was originally on quality for schools : 3 year on site warranty for reused equipment.  Eco PC got a few years support from the Flemish government for its integration efforts. The company was integrated in Flection International in 1998 and grew in Belgium further till 25 persons in 2003 with a turnover of 4 M EUR. Moria also created a French subsidiary and was part of the international Flection management. The company got enormous press coverage, because it combined societal innovation (tech jobs for unschooled), ecological purpose (reuse instead of recycling), schools challenges (enormous need for basic IT equipment) and economic success. The Flection group was sold in 2011 to Arrow Electronics and became their European pole of their Asset Recovery branch. The Belgian entity still exists in Mechelen.

Press articles 1996 – 2005

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How we worked in 1996, after our successful media launch.
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1997, the first operations at Eco PC
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The team of the early beginnings in 1996, Danny Van Loey, Patrick Henckes, Frederic Henckes, Jan Verschueren, Stan Mertens
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The improved operations in the new warehouse.
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2000 : Article on commercial success together with social entrepreneurship in 2000
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Small article about our internationalisation.
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2000 : Article about the passion of using second hand.
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The recycling aspect of computer reuse in 2000. Photo with Henri Roggeman in front.
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An article on Eco PC’s further growth end 2000.
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2000 : In depth discussion of the pro’s and con’s of using 2nd hand equipment in schools.
Patrick Henckes personal storyline
2001 : The personal story behind the creation of Eco PC
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Article in 2001 about the use of computers for schools.
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In 2003 an article about the pre-launch of Close-the-gap, with our support.