A widely recognised definition of remanufacturing, as published by CLEPA*, defines it as:
“A remanufactured product fulfils a similar function to the original part.
It is manufactured using a standardized industrial process in line with specific technical specifications.
The industrialized process incorporates defined core management standards.
A remanufactured spare part is warranted as a new spare part.”
* Comité de Liaison de la Construction d’Equipements et de Pièces d’Automobiles (European Association of Automotive Suppliers)
Benefits of remanufacturing.
- Conserves raw materials – using on average 88% less than a new part uses only c. 50% of the energy used in producing an equivalent new part
- Reduces emissions of CO2 and other gases by up to 53%
- Removes material from the waste stream
- Products can be upgraded mid-life
- Reduces warranty costs
- Maintains income stream by extending economic vehicle life
- Reduces cost of vehicle maintenance and ownership
- Improves customer retention