Remanufacturing is full of surprises

  • December 20, 2017
  • Adam Hill
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Throughout 2017, ReMaTecNews has interviewed several of the circular economy’s biggest names: Walter Stahel, the godfather of remanufacturing; Ellen MacArthur, whose foundation is bringing circular economy ideas to a global audience – and we are delighted to end the year by talking to Jack Stack, the legendary boss of SRC Holdings and the man who created The Great Game of Business (p12). His achievements in remanufacturing are well documented and when he speaks it is always worth listening. Although Jack has seen almost everything, even he might not have expected Hamofa Industrial Engines to be part of the art world. However, the Belgian company is the willing enabler of an extraordinary project which saw a team of talented craftsmen in Morocco recreate a Caterpillar engine in wood and bronze (p18). Truly, their work belongs in a gallery. And speaking of elevating remanufacturing, in this issue we also look at a degree course which might help Vietnam transform its vibrant repair culture into one with remanufacturing at its heart (p22). There is certainly no shortage of inventiveness in that country. Like all other businesses, remanufacturing must continually be aware of outside influences – export pressures, price rises, legislation changes, and so on. At the start of the year, the industry was trying to work out exactly what new US president Donald Trump’s desire to renegotiate the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the US, Canada and Mexico would mean. At the end of the year, the remanufacturing industry is still trying. The president has discovered that it is not as easy to get things done as it is to talk about getting them done. Remanufacturing company bosses all over the world can probably sympathise. You can see our review of the year on p26. So what of 2018? Who knows? It might make sense to plan for a recession. That’s what Jack Stack is doing – in fact, that’s what he does periodically - and it doesn’t seem to have done him or his organisation any harm. There is a great virtue in being prepared for anything. But what do you think will happen? And perhaps more importantly, what would you like to see happen? Please email me at editorial@rematec.com with your thoughts. In the meantime, I wish you a restful holiday season – and a peaceful and prosperous year ahead.

Adam Hill

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