Dear members and remanufacturers, Another vibrant edition of Automechanika in Frankfurt is over.
We have all been very busy for months preparing our appearance and booths, maximising visibility, managing and reconciling all customer meetings.
We can conclude that it has been another successful and worthwhile event for APRA Europe. Let me recap for you several highlights affecting our work at APRA Europe.
First of all, I would like to express my gratitude to all board members*. They have all been on site - not only as representatives of their respective companies, but they also took over responsibility for our association. Altogether, we looked up more than 40 exhibiting member companies and met even more visiting members in order to have in-depth discussions about APRA Europe, the latest industry trends and to give them our appreciation for being a member of our association.
This brings me directly to the second novelty. As a unique Automechanika campaign, we produced high quality trophies which our members could actively display on their booths during Automechanika (and still afterwards) as a small marketing instrument. The trophies carry the inscription: “Our company pursues the most sustainable business model.” In addition, they give the statistics for the ecological savings that remanufacturing offers, and also mention our association. This helped our members and gave our APRA Europe community more recognition by the public – maybe some more members will join us as a result.
RotY 2018 Awards
Then, there was this year’s ceremony for the Remanufacturer of the Year 2018 Awards (see separate report in this edition of ReMaTecNews) which brought forth for the first time three concurrent winners. Congratulations to all of them! The jury proved to have thoroughly chosen them. They all give a good example to our industry, and even beyond.
In this spirit, let us take up all new inputs, business opportunities and motivation from the show and let us keep them up until the next big remanufacturing event which will most probably be ReMaTec 2019!
*For those of you, who are not fully aware of the current members of the European board of directors of APRA Europe, please find them here, including company names:
- Dr. Daniel C. F. Koehler (chairman, APRA Europe), Knorr-Bremse Systeme für Nutzfahrzeuge
- Peter Bartel (vice chairman, APRA Europe), Circular Economy Solutions
- Nicolas Chauvière (director, APRA Europe), CEVAM
- Andrea Gobbi (director, APRA Europe), Gobbi Spare Parts
- Jaroslaw Gora (director, APRA Europe), ERA
- Jiří Horváth (director, APRA Europe), ZF Aftermarket- Søren Toft-Jensen (director, APRA Europe), BORG Automotive