Q: What is your main role?
A: To get APRA Europe prepared for the future. The market is changing and the participants are changing through mergers, for example. It’s a big issue globally: the same thing will happen in the US, Europe, China and Asia. As an association, we must be a proactive part of the reman industry.
Q: What do you love about reman?
A: I’ve been involved in the industry for 15 years through my father – growing up, the business was part of breakfast every day! I love that people working in reman are passionate: they are excited about what they do. This is what has made us the backbone of the circular economy.
Q: And what frustrates you about the industry?
A: With my APRA glasses on, we have a very, very fragmented market with thousands of SMEs and several large OEs. Therefore it is very difficult to create one voice for reman because there are wide and sometimes different interests and different business demands.
Q: What companies do you admire?
A: Many companies. It is impossible to pick one. There is no way to compare Caterpillar or Cummins with a family-owned business, but there are many examples of companies which have developed their business successfully over the last 10-15 years. One of those is Borg Automotive from Denmark – an incredibly successful story.