A triumph for sustainability in the reman industry: Rematec Amsterdam makes a successful comeback

Co-organized with APRA, the event took place at RAI Amsterdam from June 27-29, 2023, attracting thousands of visitors and exhibitors from around the globe.

From left: Kim Buitelaar-Wollenberg, Exhibition Manager Rematec at RAI; David Fitzsimons, Director European Remanufacturing Council; John Chalifoux, Chief Sustainability Officer, MEMA, The Vehicle Suppliers Association & COO, MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers; and Rajiv Ramchandra - Founder and Chair, Board of Directors of Re:CREATe. The four discussed international collaboration in the remanufacturing community. Photo by Mark Phillips/Aftermarket Intel.

After a four-year break, Rematec Amsterdam, the prominent trade show for the remanufacturing industry, made its return to The Netherlands.

Co-organized with APRA, the event took place at RAI Amsterdam from June 27-29, 2023, attracting thousands of visitors and exhibitors from around the globe.

The show gathered 3,837 attendees from more than 90 countries worldwide, of which 78 percent were international, show organizers said. More than 85 percent of the attendees were involved in decision-making, with 67 percent being final or joint decision-makers. More than half of the floor space is already booked for the 2025 event.

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“We are very proud to have the trade show back again. There was a great vibe everywhere on the show floor,” said Kim Buitelaar-Wollenberg, Exhibition Manager Rematec at RAI. “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 Dr. 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 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.”

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“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. 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,” said Nynke Lipsius, Group Director Mobility RAI Amsterdam.

The Rematec Theatre Programme, which featured more than 60 sessions on the latest industry developments, was another highlight of the event. Key topics such as electric vehicles, battery pack remanufacturing and sustainable manufacturing were discussed. As the adoption of electric vehicles increases, the remanufacturing of battery packs to extend their lifespan and minimize waste has become crucial. Rematec Amsterdam served as an important knowledge sharing and innovation fostering hub, with insights that can help to expand and advance the industry.

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Recognizing the importance of academic collaboration, Rematec Amsterdam also invited prestigious universities including the University of Brighton, the University of Strathclyde, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, Fraunhofer Research Institute and Bayreuth University. This brought together academia and industry, helping to drive research and development in the remanufacturing sector and keep it at the forefront of innovation.

Up next for remanufacturing is Rematec in China. At Rematec Amsterdam event, there was a well-represented Chinese presence, including a Sino Government-State Talk co-organized by CPRA, Sinomachint, NDRC and European Council Circular Economy Department. This forum explored the theme of the Circular Economy and a Chinese pavilion showcased remanufacturing solutions and innovations from China. 

Looking ahead, Rematec Asia is set to be held in Guangzhou, China, from Oct. 11-13. 

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