Total engines remanufactured by all productionengine remanufacturers (PERs) in 1995 increased a modest 3.5%,growing to 1.318 million units last year compared to 1.273 millionunits produced in 1994. Production totals are based on a U.S.and Canadian universe of 120 PERs that produced an average of10,609 remanufactured engines annually in 1995. Survey results were tabulated following mailing
In some businesses, the classic law of supplyand demand is hard to identify. But that’s not the case in thecore business. "The core market is the perfect example ofsupply and demand," comments John Lathan, plant engineerat The Hastings Co., a rebuilder in King, NC. "When one companyis looking for a hard-to-get part, everybody else is,
If flexibility and the ability to quicklydiversify are the marks of a successful rebuilder, then Denver,CO-based electronics rebuilding specialists, cciUPTIME, was destinedfor this industry. cciUPTIME remanufactures electronic controlmodules (ECMs) for Mercedes-Benz and other high-end import vehicles.These units include everything from on-board computers to climatecontrol, cruise control, idle speed control, ignition control,seat control and instrument motherboard
When it comes to current trendsin the brake rebuilding market, rebuilders and suppliers chantthe same mantra – "price" and "quality." Bothare the primary forces driving parts and equipment suppliers’and rebuilders’ business.Consumers demand the best performingmaterials, but of course, at the lowest possible price. Unfortunately,say many rebuilders and their suppliers, an uneducated publicseems to believe that
Though the overall demand for rebuilt alternatorsand starters continues to be relatively soft, particularly inthe Midwest and Northeastern parts of the United States, sales,in general, have been up in the South. Weather seems to play a major role in driving the demand for electricalproducts. Cold winters are hard on starters and hot summers increasealternator failures.
Anybody who’s in the clutch rebuildingbusiness today knows that it’s an entirely different ball game,one with new rules and a changing field of players. A proliferation of new passenger carand light truck clutches in recent years, plus an influx of low-costnew clutches from offshore manufacturers, has driven the costof new clutches down to the point