Remanufacturing has long been a misunderstood and underestimated part of the €30 billion European remanufacturing sector inside the circular economy. Car components sold to the aftermarket is one of the most vibrant parts of the sector and ReMaTec in Amsterdam is the place to meet. But we are working with RAI, the venue organisers, to change this emphasis on vehicles.

David Fitzsimons, MD of Oakdene Hollins - the consultancy that runs the CRR, chaired a session during the opening ceremony of people from other sectors where remanufacturing is growing, aircraft, medical instruments and digital.  On the panel was IBM, a member company of the new European Remanufacturing Council, also managed by Oakdene Hollins and based in Brussels

We aim to make ReMaTec a place for a far wider group of those interested in remanufacturing and we aim to make it clearer that remanufacturing is not about merely keeping old technology in use – but is a place of vibrant innovation challenges. The three-day event was a success and we were pleased to agree in principle to establish an MOU with a Shanghai-based partner. We will announce the details of this later.

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