- October 11, 2018
Fourteen years ago, the big topic on the agenda of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) was taking a ‘closer look at the remanufacturing industry’. In an admirably frank statement, the UK trade body said that, while it knew a lot about the activities of its automotive members’ main activities, “We realise that we know less about remanufacturing.” It wanted to find out how the aftermarket is split between OEs, aftermarket operators and remanufacturers – something that we’re all still trying to figure out, to be honest. SMMT slightly spoilt this impression of humility by adding: “Perhaps we will be able to open the lid on something. If this is bigger than we realise, it could give rise to some new initiatives.” Anyway, it took a while but in last year’s Automotive Sustainability Report, SMMT set aside a separate section dedicated to reman. Environmental data from Autoelectro, ATP and Michelin was added to the supply chain chapter. Good news: reman obviously did prove to be ‘bigger than we realise’ after all.