Remanufacturing Explained

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).

The Reman Process

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. 

1. Disassembly

Defective units undergo a complete disassembly process and parts that cannot be reconditioned are disposed of.

2. Cleaning

Following the disassembly of the units into individual parts, they are given a thorough cleaning with several cleaning treatments, such as hot water and sand blasting, ultrasonic cleaning, etc.

3. Inspection & sorting

Cleaned components are subject to an intensive inspection to determine if they are in a re-useable condition. This is done both visually and with test equipment measuring if the tolerances are within the acceptable limits.

4. Reconditioning & replacement

At this stage re-useable parts are reconditioned, e.g. through galvanising and grinding of the parts. Parts that in the previous stages have been disposed are replaced with new parts.

5. Reassembly

The remanufactured units are reassembled.

6. Final testing

Each remanufactured unit undergoes a 100% performance test to ensure that the unit match OE standards. 

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