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Remanufacturing: recycling materials, recouping costs, refining designs

March 18, 2019 / RUTH ANDREW

Technological advances in car manufacturing mean our increasingly sophisticated vehicle components have a longer lifespan than they once did. Even when complete automobiles or parts are no longer fit for purpose, they contain valuable elements which hold considerable utility and value. This has opened the door for innovative solutions in automotive manufacturing that repurpose spare parts.  
There are two methods for reusing auto parts: remanufacturing and reconditioning. These processes are worlds apart, but they are clouded by misconceptions and are often considered to be interchangeable. Despite remanufactured car parts having to fulfil much higher criteria for functionality and safety, both manufacturers and consumers are sceptical of the remanufacturing process.