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Remanufacturing Is ‘Not Melting the Icebergs,’ Says Expert


According to Dr. Rolf Steinhilper of Bayreuth University, "The good news is that
remanufacturing is not melting the icebergs. In fact, remanufacturing
avoids between 38 percent and 53 percent of the CO2 that is generated
from new production. This is an astounding revelation."
APRA President Bill Gager, who has known Dr. Steinhilper since 1978,
stated, “People familiar with our industry have always known the
tremendous environmental and societal benefit of remanufacturing. The
most difficult task was how to calculate what we already knew. Dr.
Steinhilper and his team of experts have done it.”

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The Bayreuth University team looked at three products: a 6-cylinder BMW
diesel engine, a Robert Bosch starter and a BorgWarner Turbocharger.
The results, after thousands of hours of research, indicate the
reductions in CO2 of 36 percent to 53 percent with the supply chain of
a remanufactured product versus the supply chain of a new product.

Gager added, “This means that every time a consumer purchases a
remanufactured product they are reducing their own carbon footprint. To
the aftermarket this means that if they wish to be more environmentally
friendly they should be promoting more sales of remanufactured product
over new and encouraging the consumer to reduce their carbon footprint.


“We know as an industry that some parts distributors prefer to sell new
so they don’t have to deal with the core. This study should convince
them of the importance of the remanufacturing product reducing
everyone’s carbon footprint. This is good for society and the

Steinhilper noted that the amount of CO2 emissions from remanufacturing
1 million starters is equivalent to 20,090 individual passenger flights
across the U.S.

Steinhilper offered several recommendations to the audience:

1. Where possible, source locally or regionally and not globally to reduce your carbon footprint.

2. Optimize your cleaning technologies to reduce your reliance on chemicals and use less heat.

3. Reuse as many parts as possible during remanufacturing rather than
just replacing component parts, while maintaining your quality.

A copy of Dr. Steinhilper’s presentation at the Opening Session of the
International BIG R Show will be available in the near future by
emailing Bill Gager at [email protected].

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