Remanufacturing, also called ‘reman’, is a branch in the aftermarket industry. A remanufactured product is defined as:
"A remanufactured part fulfils 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 states the remanufacturer."*
In other words, remanufacturing automotive parts means renovating used parts or components in order to make them perform as good or even better than new parts. Remanufacturing is a very comprehensive process, but it also serves a lot of advantages for you, as a partner, and for the environment.
To remanufacture automotive parts, used products, namely cores, should be retrieved. The collection of cores is a complex activity. At BORG Automotive we sell our remanufactured units with a deposit, which is returned to the customers if they send us the unit, they are replacing.
The core we are getting in exchange for a remanufactured unit is sent to our core warehouse in Poland; the largest core warehouse in Europe with more than 1 million units – ready for remanufacturing. At our production sites the auto parts undergo the remanufacturing process. This process involves complete disassembly, thorough cleaning, extensive inspection of all parts, reconditioning and replacement, reassembly and final testing.
We never compromise on quality and therefore, all our products are sold with a 2-year warranty with unlimited mileages.
The remanufacturing industry has existed for approximately 70 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 re-melted for the steel industry. All other materials were 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 at BORG Automotive we are proud to be a major driving force within the European remanufacturing industry. The remanufacturing industry has resulted in a gentler process for the benefit of a cleaner environment. Read more about the environmental benefits of remanufacturing here.
Aside from the considerable economic and environmental benefits of remanufacturing, we are able to detect the most frequent causes for defects affecting the units we receive for remanufacturing. This allows us to take the necessary precautions and reproduce products that perform as good as - and perhaps even better - than OE units.
*This is the common definition from APRA (Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association 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).
Remanufacturing takes place in a large production site optimised 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.
With more than 650 items, BORG Automotive's programme of power steering pumps offer a comprehensive coverage in Europe of both passenger cars and commercial vehicles. The programme includes more than 40 EHPSP items covering almost 100 applications. Three primary types are offered:
Read more about our steering pump programme at our brand websites.
BORG Automotive holds an extensive steering rack programme for European applications. At our own remanufacturing site in the United Kingdom, we support a wide range of vehicles. With more than 1,200 steering rack part numbers, BORG Automotive is offering an extensive range which covers passenger and light commercial vehicles of all makes. New applications are constantly added to the programme and made accessible online both on TecDoc and the brand websites.
At BORG Automotive, we annually remanufacture more than 2 million units across all our product lines. Our employees undergo continual training and we consistently work with supplier quality management; each of which form the basis of our self-awareness. In practice, this means that we always aim for the highest quality in the aftermarket. Our production sites in Poland and UK are certified after the newest certification; ISO 9001:2015. The production sites in Poland are ISO 14001:2015 certified as well. To ensure that our products work optimally in their usual environment we carry out durability tests and conduct regular road tests on them. Furthermore, our products meet the same OE standards as a new product, and we offer a two-year warranty period with unlimited mileage for all our products.
In an industry that is constantly evolving, and where engineering, electronics and software are moving to a whole new level in the field of mechatronics, we need to be prepared for new technologies to expand our product portfolio. That is also why, our competent R&D team is developing our reman processes and adding product numbers to our existing ranges. We explore new car models in the market to find automotive parts within our eight product groups, which are not part of our product portfolio yet. Afterwards, we research in how to remanufacture these parts. Furthermore, we research in future tendencies in the automotive industry, so that we can optimise our workflow and add new, attractive product groups to our portfolio. This will ensure that we continue to lead the way in the future, by keeping up with industry developments.
We always strive for more knowledge and a better expertise. Therefore, we opened our own Academy in 2018, where our employees are educated in the latest trends and technologies, such as Mechatronics.
In 2018, we also launched our Mechatronics Forum, which is a web platform with the purpose of creating a network for entities interested in Mechatronics. Find our Mechatronics Forum here.
We have also introduced our very first Reman Challenge, which is an academic competition, where engineering students across Europe gets to research in the upcoming challenges for the automotive remanufacturing industry.
Our vision is simple: We want to provide the best customer experience in remanufactured automotive solutions. To do this, we aim for a high quality and the best customer service. We know how much it means to you as a partner that our products can be installed quickly and easily. Therefore, many of our products are delivered as a plug & play system, which ensures that our products are equipped with the necessary components for an easy installation.
At BORG Automotive, we want to be available for you; we are available through our website, are a registered TecDoc supplier, and we work together with TecCom to make your experience as good as possible. We always place the highest priority on personal relationships, ongoing support and fast response. During our opening hours, you can always get in touch with an employee who can help you with your questions. Find contact information here.