China is set to become the biggest vehicle park in the world, and this means that the country’s developing remanufacturing industry is in a strong position for growth. Xie Jianjun, president of the reman branch of China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CPRA), called on European companies to share their knowledge to help China’s nascent reman industry. Clemens Ortgies (right), president of FIRM, praised China’s OE engine reman, which he said was “well organised”.
The issue, he felt, was with the country’s independent aftermarket – and it was here that more experienced companies in the US and Europe could help. “If China really wants to develop the independent aftermarket, then European small- and medium-sized companies can help it,” he said. “For example, if there is a demand for BMW reman engines in China, and BMW is not supplying it, then maybe an independent remanufacturer can start with a programme. You might be able to get cores from the US or Europe so that they are ready to start a business. The other issue is technical help: these engines are wellknown in Europe where there is a lot of experience with BMW, Volkswagen, Mercedes, Audi – if this car is also used in China then there might be technical assistance.”