Environmental Information


Re-manufacturing = Eco Friendly!
What is remanufacturing?

“A series of manufacturing steps acting on an end-of-life part or product in order to return it to like-new or better performance, with warranty to match.”

Remanufacturing versus recycling
Remanufacturing is different from recycling because, as with all products reuse options, it involves preserving the whole form of things. Remanufacturing saves over 80% of the energy and raw material required to manufacture a new product. In contrast, recycling activities require the destruction of the product to its component materials so they can be melted, smelted or reprocessed into new forms. These could be the same products (called closed loop recycling) or into new ones (open loop recycling).

Remanufacturing & Reuse
In our book, reuse encompasses a range of activities where whole products (or whole parts of products) are used again in one piece. This includes:

  • Refurbishment – cleaning, lubricating or other improvement.
  • Repair – rectifying a fault.
  • Redeployment – using working parts elsewhere.

Remanufacturing is the only option that requires a full treatment process – like new manufacture – to guarantee the performance of the finished object. As such it necessarily involves more effort, time and cost – but you do get the quality guarantee.