ReMaTec 2019 in Amsterdam “brought reman recognition to a whole new level,” according to show organizers.
The show’s opening ceremony announced the Remanufacturer of the Year Awards, which recognized the achievements of Knorr-Bremse, CRP Industries and Fernand Weiland (FJW Consulting).
The InnovationLAB and the ReMaTec Theatre were particularly popular, with special keynotes from MAHLE, Volvo and PwC Autofacts. An industry dinner at a historical venue at Dam Square in Amsterdam brought OEMs and remanufacturers together to discuss the changes that will disrupt the future of the reman industry.
During ReMaTec 2019, visitors were able to enjoy keynote and expert sessions, and the live demo on augmented reality. There were side events held during the show, including the International Conference on Remanufacturing (ICoR), the Dutch Aftermarket Day and the 1st International Forum on Wind Turbine Remanufacturing, to name a few.
Four out of five visitors who attended the event were international visitors, according to show organizers.
While visitors and exhibitors were conducting business on the show floor, the InnovationLAB was full of professionals ready to take on new insights from the industry. The ReMaTec Theatre welcomed an engaged audience, which gave way to interactive Q&As during keynotes from MAHLE, Volvo and PwC Autofacts.
Remanufacturer of the Year Awards
The Remanufacturer of the Year (RotY) Awards recognize the achievements in technical excellence, commitment to quality, impact on the reman industry and customer service. This year’s winners are Knorr-Bremse (Best Reman Process Optimization), CRP Industries (Best Reman Business Innovation) and Fernand Weiland/FJW Consulting (Best Reman Ambassador).
Future of Reman
Christoph Dutschke, technical coordinator of trainings at MAHLE Aftermarket, delivered the first keynote, on “Dual Strategy for Powertrain Development of Internal Combustion.” Dutschke took the audience along on MAHLE’s vision for what the future of drivetrain will be.
Volvo’s Dick Cruslock, strategy and program manager, global customer service, gave a keynote on Volvo’s remanufacturing program, which restores replaced parts to their original specifications. Cruslock’s speech drew many visitors and exhibitors to the ReMaTec Theatre, and an interested Q&A with the audience concluded the highly appreciated speech.
Christoph Stürmer, global lead analyst at PwC Autofacts, delivered a keynote on the “5 Trends Transforming the Automotive Industry.” He discussed the generic types of mobility and the demand for mobility transformation and regulations based on demographic dynamics and urbanization. Sturmer noticed people “are very interested in understanding the future of their industry.” He continued by explaining that “the opportunity of the remanufacturing industry is going to shift from fixing parts that are already broken to replacing and refurbishing parts that are outdated or need a technical change.”