The biennial Rematec show at RAI Amsterdam is now in its 9th edition. This year sees the show expand into areas beyond automotive. Adam Hill outlines what visitors can expect.
The waiting is nearly over: on June 18 at the RAI in Amsterdam, the world’s remanufacturing community will come together for three days to swap ideas, view new technology, be inspired – and do business. It is a perfect opportunity to raise your company’s profile in the industry, to make new contacts and to create new business opportunities leading to contract wins and increased revenue. ReMaTec is held once every two years, which makes this year the 9th edition of the show and it is expanding, with more than 220 exhibitors (up 12% on last time) filling one of the large exhibition halls at RAI Amsterdam.
Over one million product solutions and technical innovations will be on display, and more than a fifth of exhibitors are at Rematec for the first time. They include some very big names such as Honeywell Garrett, Borg Automotive, MEC Diesel, Fersa Bearings, MSG, Merlin Diesel Systems and Lizarte – and parcel carrier UPS. Automotive products and services remain at the heart of ReMaTec and there will be a greater focus on equipment than in previous years, with lots of machinery on the show floor. Whether you’re interested in parts cleaning, turbocharger balancing, alternator testing, electronic steering diagnosis or cylinder honing – it's all going to be there. There will also be parts and components from heavy duty, agricultural, non-road and other industries – in fact, on the show floor and in the speaker programme there are a number of representatives from remanufacturing in sectors such as aviation, medical devices and marine. The idea is that everyone can learn something from each other and take that knowledge back into their day-to-day business lives. In challenging economic times, no-one can afford to be inward-looking: good ideas can come from anywhere.
A new feature of Rematec 2017 is the Guided Tours programme, with plans to include tours of exhibitors in marine, engine, reman equipment, circular economy innovation and the reman supply chain. There is also an Expert Panel for the first time, a team of reman industry veterans who are available for informal chats in comfortable surroundings about the problems and solutions that remanufacturers face. They are experts in areas from succession planning and core return to reverse logistics and reman finance (find out a bit more about them in their own words on p15). Another new attraction for this edition of ReMaTec is the Innovation Award, which challenges the industry to show their originality, practicality, creativity and sustainability. The Rematec InnovationLAB has been a great success with visitors before, but this expands the concept one step further: the inaugural winner of this new award will be announced at the opening ceremony on 18 June.
No time to lose
So, all this and much, much more is in store at Rematec 2017. This show is where the global reman supply chain gets together to listen to news and views as technical innovators and global business leaders share their knowledge. Any business involved in aftermarket strategies, remanufacturing, rebuilding of transmissions, diesel injectors, turbochargers, rotating electronics or return logistics will have opportunities to learn about the latest developments and meet with potential partners and suppliers. For reman professionals, there is no better place to be in June. In fact, the big question is: why aren’t you already on your way?
All readers can register for free at www.ReMaTec.com/register and save €40 on the on-site entrance fee. So be smart, register now and plan your trip to Rematec 2017.