SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Fourteen remanufacturers are the first companies to be approved for participation in the Manufactured Again certification program.
Participating companies, also known as ambassadors, are licensed to use the Manufactured Again certification mark to showcase that their certified remanufacturing facilities meet the same quality standards as new manufacturing facilities.
Inaugural ambassadors of the Manufactured Again certification program are:
- Aeromotive Services
- Auto Electric International
- Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems
- CARDONE Industries
- Electronics Remanufacturing
- Hansford Parts and Products
- LKQ Corp.
- Meritor Heavy Vehicle Systems
- Midwest Fuel Injection
- Motorcar Parts of America
- Pure Power Technologies
- REMY Power Products
- Standard Motor Products
- UCX Calipers
“With the Manufactured Again certification program, our company’s remanufacturing facilities are held to the same quality standards as new manufacturing facilities,” said H. David Overbeeke, vice chairman of MERA and member of the REMY Power Products board of directors. “The presence of the Manufactured Again certification mark in the marketplace will deliver real value for our commercial customers and the end users of our products.”
MERA – The Remanufacturing Association and its members developed the Manufactured Again certification program so buyers easily can identify and purchase remanufactured goods with like-new quality and warranty coverage.
“The program also promotes environmental stewardship and remanufacturing as a leading example in the circular economy,” MERA noted.
MERA, formally known as the Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association, is the remanufacturing and sustainability division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), which has been advocating on behalf of the motor vehicle supplier industry since 1904.
“Remanufacturing is manufacturing,” said John Chalifoux, president and COO of MERA. “The ambassadors of the Manufactured Again certification program are well-respected companies that produce quality, sustainable goods, and that quality is on par with new.”
The Manufactured Again Certification program is based on ISO 9001 and IATF 16949, two internationally recognized quality management standards. Plans are in place to expand the certification program to include other industries, including accepting AS 9000 and ISO 13485, the ISO 9001-based quality standards for aerospace and medical devices, respectively.
To receive Manufactured Again Certification, remanufacturers are required to submit third-party evidence of conformance to the accepted quality standards. The Manufactured Again Verification Committee oversees the program and reviews all applications.
“Following the passage of federal legislation favorable to remanufacturing in 2015, we recognized that government procurement officers – and all buyers, for that matter – lacked a resource to properly identify remanufactured goods that are produced in a factory setting,” said MERA Chairman Peter Butterfield, who also serves as chairman and CEO of Omega Environmental Technologies. “The valuable materials and embodied energy in most finished products make remanufacturing a logical choice before recycling.”