Volvo Car Group will present a keynote speech at ReMaTec 2019, the world’s leading automotive remanufacturing trade event being held June 23-25 at RAI Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In his ReMaTec keynote, Dick Cruslock, strategy and programme manager, global customer service at Volvo Car Group, presents Volvo’s commitment to remanufacturing. This makes Volvo the first car manufacturer to ever take the stage at ReMaTec.
Volvo Car Group’s remanufacturing program restores replaced parts to their original specifications to realize both environmental and financial savings. A Volvo remanufactured part requires up to 85% fewer raw materials and 80% less energy compared to a new part. In 2018, the program saved approximately 420 tonnes of steel and 210 tonnes of aluminum. The energy saved corresponds to a carbon dioxide emission reduction of 4,700 tonnes a year.
Heritage in remanufacturing
Volvo’s remanufacturing history goes back to the end of World War II, where the company first began renovating gearboxes in the town of Köping, in Central-Southern Sweden. At that time, the post-war shortages of raw material made it a sensible choice to invest in remanufacturing. Today, in terms of recyclable materials, Volvo designs their cars so that 95% of the materials can be recovered, to be either reused or recycled.
Remanufacturing as an enabler
Niels Klarenbeek, ReMaTec exhibition director at RAI Amsterdam, explains, “We’re excited to host the Volvo keynote. This is a first. It will be the 10th edition of the ReMaTec trade event and it will be the first time a vehicle manufacturer literally takes the stage. This not only underlines the importance of the ReMaTec platform, but it also emphasises the commitment of vehicle manufacturers – like Volvo Car Group – toward the circular economy. They take responsibility toward resource efficiency and carbon emissions as remanufacturing is a crucial enabler of their sustainability objectives and the process has become mature and well accepted.
“I am confident that the Volvo keynote is interesting to attend for many remanufacturing experts, OEM aftermarket suppliers and other stakeholders in the supply chain,” Klarenbeek added.
More information on how to attend Volvo’s keynote at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 24 in Amsterdam and other presentations during ReMaTec 2019 can be found at rematec.com/amsterdam/programme.
The industry is invited to visit the trade event by using invitation code REM510033 on rematec.com/register to receive a free three-day access badge.