ZF’s remanufacturing supports sustainability

ZF has confirmed its continued commitment to remanufacturing and the resulting impact to the environment, economy, and product lifecycles.

According to ZF, remanufacturing enables it to significantly reduce CO2 emissions and save energy every year. In 2020, for example, ZF reduced its global CO2 emissions by an estimated 12,444 tonnes and realised an estimated energy saving of 8,740,000 kWh through remanufacturing, measured against the production of the same quantity of new parts.

“We all need to be part of the solution when it comes to the sustainability of our planet,” said Philippe Colpron, Head of ZF Aftermarket. “Our ambition is to pave the path for a green and sustainable aftermarket. Thanks to our global remanufacturing footprint, we are already saving valuable resources today, offering our customers a wide variety of remanufactured products in OEM quality.

“Protecting the environment is one of our main corporate objectives. As remanufacturing is an important contributor to circular economy, we are constantly striving to extend our ‘reman’ capabilities and combining those with other future-facing technologies, such as remanufactured parts for electric vehicles.”

Additionally, as disruptions continue to challenge nearly all industries, remanufacturing fills an increasingly important role in supplying needed parts to help keep supply chains moving.

According to the Remanufacturing Industries Council (RIC), other benefits of remanufacturing include the conservation of raw materials, reduced energy usage, less waste and reduced cost.

The remanufacturing process also plays a critical part of the global economy in terms of employment. The council estimates there are nearly a half million global remanufacturing jobs today, employing a wide range of engineers, technicians, scientists, designers and more.

ZF has been involved in the industrial remanufacturing of components and assemblies for vehicles for around 60 years, and currently offers a steadily growing reman-portfolio of 255 product types.

For remanufacturing, the group operates 25 plants and service locations in 15 countries.

ZF has 1,800 employees remanufacturing of products passenger cars, commercial vehicles and off-highway applications, including transmissions, steering systems, axles, torque converters, clutches, brake calipers, and engine parts.

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