After a four-year hiatus, Rematec Amsterdam returned to highlight the crucial role of remanufacturing in a changing world.
Co-organized with APRA, Rematec Amsterdam took place June 27-29 in RAI Amsterdam.
“We are very proud to have the trade show back again,” said Kim Buitelaar-Wollenberg, exhibition manager Rematec at RAI. “There was a great vibe everywhere on the show floor. Everyone was thrilled to see each other and meet up and do business face to face. Attendance levels were encouraging, the show floor was permanently busy and the constant hum of people reassuringly familiar.”
In remarks at the official opening of Rematec Amsterdam, APRA Europe Chairman Daniel C.F. Köhler said despite the global news events, the recovery from the pandemic and supply chain issues, the focus on the customer is still paramount.
“We really need to focus on customer needs,” he said in his on-stage discussion with David Fitzsimons, director of the European Remanufacturing Council. “In the end, it’s still the customer who needs a solution in the workshop and he needs a reasonable offer and parts that are available. So I think focusing on the needs of the business always helps.”
“The global focus on sustainability and the scarcity of raw materials requires a maximum extension of the product lifecycle and the remanufacturing industry has the knowledge and expertise for this,” added Nynke Lipsius, group director mobility for RAI Amsterdam. “We are therefore very proud that with Rematec we make an important contribution to enhance sustainable designing, engineering, and manufacturing worldwide. I am convinced that the knowledge and experience of the reman industry makes the mobility industry greener.”
Over the three event days, 3,837 people from more than 90 countries attended. The international attendance was 78%.
Some 85% of attendees are involved in the decision-making process, with no less than 67% as final/joint decision maker, according to event organizers.
Visitors appreciated Rematec with an excellent mark of 7.5 and over 85% plan to visit again in 2025.
Nearly 155 companies from 21 countries exhibited. Exhibitors’ satisfaction goes to show in more than 50% of floor space already being reserved for Rematec Amsterdam 2025 (April 8-10) and a superb mark of 7.9.
“Rematec has been the ideal context to create more connections, to catch new opportunities to expand the business with new product lines, new partners and core suppliers around the word,” said Lucile Olivas Maynez, circular economy commercial and marketing development, SUSTAINera – Stellantis. “This is of fundamental importance for an OEM as Stellantis since remanufacturing is a key pillar in our circular-economy strategy and contributes to achieve industry-leading target of carbon net zero by 2038.”
Highlights of Rematec Amsterdam included the Rematec Theatre Program, which featured more than 60 sessions on the latest industry developments.
“Electric vehicles, battery-pack remanufacturing and sustainable manufacturing are vital topics for the reman industry,” event organizers said. “With the increasing adoption of electric vehicles, the industry must focus on remanufacturing battery packs to extend their lifespan and minimize waste. Rematec Amsterdam serves as a hub for sharing knowledge and fostering innovation, not only within the automotive aftermarket but also across various industries. The insights gained during the trade fair have far-reaching applications, offering potential for industry-wide expansion and advancement.”
Recognizing the growing importance of collaboration with academic institutions, renowned universities such as the University of Brighton, the University of Strathclyde, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, Fraunhofer Research Institute and Bayreuth University play a crucial role in driving research and development within the remanufacturing sector. Uniting academia and industry at Rematec Amsterdam enable us to stay at the forefront of innovation and elevate the industry to new heights.
The reopening of China presents significant opportunities for the remanufacturing industry, and China was well-represented at Rematec Amsterdam. The event included a Sino Government-State Talk, co-organized by CPRA, Sinomachint, NDRC and theEuropean Council Circular Economy Department. The forum dove into the theme of circular economy, and on the show floor, Rematec had a Chinese pavilion where exhibitors from China displayed their remanufacturing solutions and innovations.
From Oct. 11-13, Rematec Asia will take place in Guangzhou, China.