The perception of remanufacturing is changing in the automotive industry and with it an understanding from fleet operators of just how important the product is to an optimum total cost of ownership (TCO) of a truck or fleet.
Commercial vehicle brake specialist Roadlink International has long been a fervent believer in the remanufacturing process, reflected in the company’s ongoing investment in reman and its commitment to helping reduce the company’s carbon footprint. Roadlink remanufacturing promotes quality whilst also offering a competitively priced, environmentally friendly alternative.
While the rise in environmental awareness plays a massive part in the popularity of remanufactured product – such as the reduction of raw material consumption, reduced energy consumption and co2 emissions – it is important to remind ourselves just what is meant by the definition of “remanufactured”.
According to the Centre for Remanufacturing and Reuse (CRR) “Remanufacturing is the process of returning a used product to at least its original performance with a warranty that is equivalent to or better than that of the newly manufactured product.”
In commercial vehicle parts terms, the process of remanufacturing a part is similar to the original production process, the difference being that remanufacturing involves the restoration of a component to its original condition.
Remanufacturing promotes the re-engineering of a product to the same or indeed better than the OE equivalent. It’s clear to see why the quality of such parts, much more competitively priced, attracts so much attention and use.
This price difference between the new and remanufactured product plays a massive part in calculating the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of a vehicle and provides confidence up and down the supply chain that the remanufactured parts used offer high performance, longevity and serious value for money.
The popularity of all things remanufacturing has also brought about its own challenges and competition. In automotive braking, cheaper, lesser quality products branded “new” are flooding the market.
But the popularity of remanufactured products remains undiminished – the sector is believed to have an EU market potential of euros 90bn by 2030.
Roadlink remanufactures its brake calipers and shoes with the entire vehicle lifecycle in mind.
Remanufactured calipers are fully-tested and produced to the highest standards thanks to its extensive state-of-the-art production facility and distribution operation, which are certified to the latest ISO9001:2015 quality and ISO14001:2015 environmental standards.
It’s state-of-the-art brake shoe reline operation is supported by ISO9001 approved production and ISO14001 environmental accreditation, with every shoe platform checked and linished.
A 15-stage production process for relining brake shoes is something Roadlink strictly adheres to, which involves rollers being checked where applicable and shoe platforms treated with an anti-corrosion long lasting water-based paint, unique to Roadlink.