The Governor of Texas declares April 11 as Remanufacturing Day in Texas

By Catherine Sturman
Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott has issued a proclamation to make April 11 2019 Remanufacturing Day in the state. The observance will coincide with Globa...

Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott has issued a proclamation to make April 11 2019 Remanufacturing Day in the state. The observance will coincide with Global Remanufacturing Day, which celebrates the growing economy for same-as-new remanufactured goods, from vehicles to office furniture to medical devices.

The governor issued the proclamation at the request of Vehicle Reman LLC of Tyler, Texas. “We’re grateful to Gov. Abbott for helping us communicate the importance of remanufacturing,” said Greig Latham, founder and CEO of Vehicle Reman in a recent press release. “It is another step in promoting the cost efficiency, reliability and environmental benefits of remanufactured products.”

Remanufacturing is a rigorous industrial process where previously sold, leased, used, worn or non-functional products or parts are returned to like-new or better-than-new condition. This is from both a quality and performance perspective, through a controlled, reproducible and sustainable process. Remanufacturing has been recognised by leading universities, research institutions and manufacturers around the world as the highest form of recycling, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, saving energy and reclaiming end-of-life products.

Texas is home to many remanufacturing-focused companies that produce automotive components, vehicle engines, heavy construction equipment, lumber, compressors, steam turbines, computer hardware, golf equipment and more. Vehicle Reman, for example, provides customers with as-good-as-new pickup trucks and other vehicles at half the cost. The company also gives fleet owners a valuable option for getting the most out of end-of-life vehicles.

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 “This is a natural evolution of well-established automotive parts remanufacturing, but applied to the whole vehicle,” said Latham. “We have a proven system that remanufactures a truck, van or other vehicle back to original specifications. When customers see the quality and remarkable savings, the company really sells itself.”

A typical vehicle reman candidate is a truck, SUV, van or automobile with at least 100,000 miles and seven years in service. Vehicles up to 20 years old can undergo remanufacturing. Vehicle Reman specialises in Ford, GM and Chrysler brand vehicles. Reman vehicles are quieter, ride more smoothly and will usually achieve much better fuel economy than the pre-reman units.

Additionally, remanufacturing saves, on average, 85% of energy use, 86% of water use and 85% of material use compared to new products. The industry supports 180,000 full-time jobs in the US, producing more than $100bn worth of goods each year.

The manufacturing economy in Texas generates more than $218bn of the state’s annual GDP (gross domestic product) and supports approximately 3mn jobs. Automotive-related manufacturing in particular has been found to generate nearly $14bn per annum in Texas, supporting more than 105,000 jobs. Texas’ automobile-related manufacturing output grew nearly 380% between 1997 and 2015, compared to 73% nationwide.

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