In a Nutshell

The process of remanufacturing an engine, major assembly or components is that of returning the used product to its original state in accordance with the manufacturers’ specifications. Whereas re-use (repair) has limits in terms of life cycle, remanufacturing provides the product with a new life cycle with regard to performance, reliability and longevity.

Compared to recycling, which involves destroying the product to recover the materials for use in different products, remanufacturing tries to maintain the integrity of the product. Consequently, a large fraction of the input materials and energy is recovered.

In termes of waste management, remanufacturing is at the top of the waste hierarchy, as its processes not only give a second life to existing products but also save a very high amount of CO2 emissions which would have been necessary if the original product would have needed to be replaced with a totally new one.

Common Definitions of Remanufacturing Vocabulary

FIRM would like to support you in your daily fight to further develop the remanufacturing business. Together with CLEPA and APRA, FIRM has therefore published a flyer for the remanufacturing business in Europe.

The flyer contains information about the ecological and social advantages of a remanufacturing part including the definition of itself and the definition of a core. These definitions are supported by all relevant European automotive associations, which is a milestone for our industry.

It has been produced and is available for our members.
As our member you are invited to use these flyers for your communication. You can order the flyer free of charge by sending an email to We are looking forward to receiving your response to this action.

Key messages:
1. Remanufacturing is an essential part of the automotive aftermarket with growing relevance in the future.
2. A remanufactured product is a best value proposition for the end customer.
3. Remanufacturing is sustainable and reduces CO2eq at lower costs for the consumer.
4. Remanufacturing is a best practice of circular economy but needs political support.