At the forefront of the remanufacturing revolution

CLEPA European Association of Automobile Suppliers defines a remanufactured product as:

"A remanufactured part fulfills a similar function as the original part. It is restored from an existing part (core), using standardized industrial processes in line with specific technical specifications. A remanufactured part is given the same warranty as a new part and it clearly identifies the part as a remanufactured part and the remanufacturer."*

*This is the common definition of APRA (Automotive Parts Remanufacturer Assication in USA, Europe and ASIA), CLEPA (European Association of Automotive Suppliers), FIRM (International Federation of Engine Remanufacturers and Rebuilders, Europe), supported by MERA (Motor and Equipment Remanufacturers Association, USA) and RIC (Remanufacturing Industries Council, USA).

The remanufacturing industry has only existed for approximately 60 years. Prior to the industry, defect units were simply regarded as scrap. Powerful shredders cut vehicles into small pieces and the surplus metal could then be reused and remelted for the steel industry. All other material was sorted out as ‘shredder-fluff’ and put into refuse dumps with other household appliances - at the risk of poisoning the ground water and damaging the environment. Fortunately much has changed, and BORG Automotive has been a major driving force within the European remanufacturing industry. This has resulted in a more gentle process for the benefit of cleaner environment. Read more about the environmental benefits of remanufacturing and the remanufacturing process here.

Remanufacturing explained

In much the same way as OE production, remanufacturing takes place in a large factory optimized for and adapted to the remanufacturing process. A quality assurance programme ensures that the right quality levels are met as the units pass through the various remanufacturing processes. 

1. Disassembly

Defective units undergo a complete disassembly process and parts that cannot be reconditioned are disposed of.

2. Cleaning 

Following the disassembly of the units into individual parts, they are given a thorough cleaning using hot water and sand blasting.

3. Inspection & sorting

Cleaned parts are subject to an intensive inspection to determine if they are in a re-useable condition. This is done both visually and with test equipment measuring if the tolerances are within the - of x - acceptable limits.

4. Reconditioning & replacement 

At this stage re-useable parts are reconditioned, e.g. through galvanizing and grinding of the parts. Parts that in the previous stages have been disposed of are replaced with new quality parts. 

5. Reassembly 

The remanufactured units are reassembled, much the same manner as in the OE production.

6. Final testing

Each remanufactured unit undergoes a 100% performance test. This test gives the unit a final test certificate which is unique to the unit.