There are many challenges for increasing remanufacturing and reuse. Some of these challenges can be explored below.
Successful remanufacturing operations rely on a good supply of end-of-life products to act as core for remanufacturing. However, it is not always easy to establish a reliable core supply due to the dispersed nature of products, high scrap prices and uncertainty over the condition of the product.
Legal barriers to remanufacturing include: restrictions on product design information to third parties, banning of remanufactured components in new goods, unclear definitions of waste and unclear implications of waste legislation on remanufactured goods and core.
Many of the products best suited to remanufacturing are complex with a high embedded value. However, these products are often not designed for remanufacture, i.e. are difficult to disassemble, difficult to replace individual components and difficult to test.
Remanufacturing can involve highly skilled operations and require advanced problem solving and engineering skills. Skills shortages may limit the capacity to remanufacture.
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