News: Re-Tech International Forum meets in Korea
The Koreans see remanufacturing as a vital part of their environmental preservation efforts.
Thursday, 16th January 2014
Remanufacturing is new to South Korea, as it is to most of Asia. In South Korea, the government is providing incentives for companies to remanufacture components of all types. This includes remanufactured goods such as engines, transmissions, starters, alternators and printer cartridges. The South Korean government is aware of the reductions to costs, resource savings, pollution, and energy reductions created by remanufacturing. The Koreans see remanufacturing as a vital part of their environmental preservation efforts. In South Korea, remanufacturing is categorized with recycling. The Re-Tech tradeshow that met near Seoul, South Korea in September of last year, included exhibitors from the recycling, scrap metal, wastewater treatment, and landfill industries. In fact, remanufacturing exhibitors took up less than a third of the show area. However, the Korean Auto Parts Remanufacturers Association (KAPRA) has, surprisingly, 500 members. One of its major concerns is finding cores for the import vehicles in their market and is anxious to meet international core suppliers as a potential source for these cores. The South Korean remanufacturers strongly favour creation of an ISO program, specifically for remanufacturing, that would dictate standards to the remanufacturer. ISO has said they are reluctant to develop such a standard and prefer allowing manufacturers and re-manufacturers to use a continual improvement and process approach based quality plan; however, the ISO continues to evaluate potential standards for implementation. Another widely discussed topic amongst the remanufacturers was vehicle specification availability from the OEM. In Europe, OEMs must provide technical details about the vehicles they produce to the Repair Aftermarket for a fee. While sometimes this is expensive, at least the information is available. In the United States passenger cars are covered by the clean air act, modified in 1990. These vehicles must have repair information provided for anything that effects the vehicles air emissions. However, the OEMs are not required to release data regarding security systems or other systems that do not directly affect vehicle emissions. The Korean remanufacturers were keenly interested in this topic. The Korean OEMs are not required to give the aftermarket any repair information for vehicles produced. All of the technical standards are reverse-engineered.