Have You Heard?
There is a move afoot to re-brand the traditional 3 Rs of Recycling: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The goal is to add another R for Reman, representing the idea of ‘sustainable manufacturing’, better known as remanufacturing.
For Auto Dismantlers, the concept of remanufacturing may not be top of mind. Still, I believe our long-term interests would best be served with a broader knowledge of how our supply chain to the remanufacturers can be of mutual benefit. A symbiotic relationship means there is cooperation between two persons or groups, where both parties benefit. The more we understand the other’s needs, the more we can profit from it.
MERA – The Association for Sustainable Manufacturing seeks to promote better synergies among manufacturers, suppliers, universities, and professional services firms. Its mission is to promote the economic, environmental, and product performance benefits of remanufacturing and similar forms of sustainable manufacturing.
Existing associations like ARA (Automotive Recyclers Association), ISRI (Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries), and MERA must initiate dialogue about our mutual interests. The fact is, we need each other to survive market challenges.
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