Call for nominations remanufacturer of the year award

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Every year since 2005, ReMaTecNews has awarded the remanufacturing industry’s most coveted accolade, the Remanufacturer of the Year Award, to an individual or a company that has served the reman industry with particular distinction. ReMaTecNews invites companies and individuals to nominate candidates for the 2017 award. The winner of the award will be announced during a ceremony at ReMaTec 2017, 18 - 20 June in RAI Amsterdam, the world's largest remanufacturing trade exhibition.

Remanufacturer of the Year 2016 winner was Prof. Rolf Steinhilper, without a doubt one of the top global academic leaders in remanufacturing today. Since 2001, he has been instrumental in the advancement of remanufacturing research at the University Institute on Manufacturing & Remanufacturing and the Fraunhofer Initiative on Process Innovation.

“Rolf has allowed the reman industry to share his relevant R&D progress,” said Carsten Bücker, chairman of APRA Europe, who has worked on several projects with the institutes.

‘Peak of my career'
In an interview with Fernand Weiland, former chairman of APRA Europe and a member of the jury Professor Steinhilper comments on being honoured with the award. “This award represents the peak of my career in remanufacturing, which started back in 1982 when I was a young engineer asked to speak at a pioneering conference at the world famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT),” Steinhilper recalls. “I was the only participant from Europe invited to make a presentation on design for remanufacturing. My talk was entitled Remanufacturing: Remaking the Future.”

Enabling technology
Steinhilper proceeds with a look into the future “I think of remanufacturing as the enabling technology that will bring us to a future of renewable manufacturing and consumption patterns. Renewable power generation like solar and wind energy are booming, and remanufacturing deserves the same attention! That’s why I love and support it with such a passion.”

Nominations for 2017
Candidates will be evaluated on a number of criteria, such as technical excellence, commitment to quality, impact on the remanufacturing industry and customer service. Nominations should include a clear and reasoned explanation for the nomination as well as information on the nominees’ background, reman-related activities and achievements.The award seeks to honour those who have made a special contribution to the remanufacturing industry, an individual that has shown a continuous excellent performance or whose efforts have proven to make real difference – to the industry or a specific industry segment.

Nominations can be sent to More information on the Remanufacturer of the Year Award, like judging criteria and guiding principles, can be found here:

Previous winners of the award include industry icons like Søren Toft-Jensen, Jack Stack, Alan Smart and Doug Wolma as well as many other respected industry figures.

Winners of Remanufacturer of the Year award
2016: Prof. Rolf Steinhilper
2015: Søren Toft-Jensen, Borg Automotive
2014: Jack Stack, SRC Holding
2013: Alan Smart, ATP
2012: Doug Wolma, Dana Corporation
2011: Philippe James, Remy Automotive Europe
2010: Francois Augnet, TRW
2009: Carsen Bücker, BU Drive Group
2008: Johan van Gerven, MRT Engines
2007: Martin Detzen, MD Rebuilt
2006: Alexander Schäfer, MS Motor Service Int.
2005: Jens Lindholm, Holger Christiansen

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