Leaders in Remanufacturing
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SRC Holdings, headed by RIC director Jack Stack, Heavy Duty Division marks 20 years in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Voluntary Protection Programs. Through this initiative, companies that undergo a rigorous evaluation and show they’re going above and beyond safety standards are exempt from programmed inspections by the agency, though they can still be inspected if there are employee complaints or serious incidents. There had been no accidents that caused a person to miss work in 792 days. Read more…
RIC Board member Dr. Nabil Nasr, Director of Golisano Institute for Sustainability, conducted a remanufacturing webinar at the Disruptive Innovation Festival (DIF) sponsored by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. DIF is an all-access online event featuring worldwide experts, entrepreneurs, business leaders, makers and doers who are exploring innovations shaping the future economy, with particular emphasis on the circular economy.
Currently in its first year, the GO CAPS (Greater Ozarks Center for Advanced Professional Studies) Engineering & Manufacturing strand has over 40 high school juniors and seniors, representing 11 school districts, gaining hands-on learning experiences through partnerships with local business partners. Students meet each day at Springfield Remanufacturing Corporation (SRC) as a base for partnering with local businesses for projects, tours of facilities, and developing awareness for the many career paths available in remanufacturing, manufacturing and engineering. Through this program students are given the chance to interact with engineers and manufacturers to solve complex problems, apply lean manufacturing processes, create value for customers and strive for efficiency in production. After only a month in the program, one student shared “My experience from this program so far has opened my eyes to what is really necessary to succeed in the business world.”
Jack Stack, Founder, President and CEO of SRC Holdings, is also co-founder of RIC and serves on the Executive Committee.
The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed S. 565, the Federal Vehicle Repair Cost Savings Act, requiring federal which requires federal agencies to encourage the use of remanufactured parts in federal vehicle repairs when doing so lowers costs, maintains quality and performance and does not compromise safety. This is a major victory for the remanufacturing industry and result of years of effort by MERA, APRA and others. Read more…
Remanufacturing is a comprehensive and rigorous industrial process by which a previously sold, worn, or non-functional product or component is returned to a “like-new” or “better-than-new” condition and warranted in performance level and quality.
Remanufacturing is not the same as “recycling” or “repairing”.
Some of the most commonly remanufactured product categories are:
The US is the world’s largest producer, consumer and exporter of remanufactured products. In its 2012 report, the U.S. International Trade Commission estimated that that the value of US remanufactured production had reached $43 billion by 2011, supporting approximately 180,000 full-time jobs (Remanufactured Goods: An Overview of the U.S. and Global Industries, Markets, and Trade. U.S. International Trade Commission, October 2012).
While the United States and Europe have accounted for the bulk of remanufacturing activities and associated trade for many years, other countries have been rapidly developing their own remanufacturing industries.
A lack of awareness of remanufacturing and its benefits by dealers, customers and policymakers remains a major obstacle to growth of the industry.
Some of the benefits of remanufacturing include: