Fernand Weiland, founder of APRA’s European division in 1989, was made an honorary member of the organisation at ReMaTec 2017 in Amsterdam.
Expressing his gratitude to the ‘European godfather of reman’, newly-appointed APRA chairman Daniel Koehler said: “I have not been in remanufacturing anywhere near as long as Fernand. But since I got involved in this great business, there was always one name mentioned: Fernand has been the constant in European remanufacturing for decades. He shared his wisdom and knowledge and brought together a lot of important players. Fernand put a lot of the time and energy of his life into APRA and remanufacturing – and I am sure he will continue to do so.”
Weiland himself said he was surprised and “very honoured to receive this very special and unique award” and pledged to carry on supporting APRA. Thanking all board members in the US and Europe, he added: “I served APRA always with great enthusiasm and will continue do so. Too often members ask what the association can do for them, but they often forget to ask what they can do for the association.”