Knorr-Bremse invests in remanufacturing business

Brake specialist Knorr-Bremse has announced it will be expanding its industrial remanufacturing capacities in Europe.

According to the German-based company, “premium quality remanufactured products” are set to play an important part in its business model going forward, which is why it will be bundling its remanufacturing expertise at a dedicated plant in Liberec, Czech Republic.

From an organisational point of view, Knorr-Bremse has brought together activities previously handled by different business units within a team led by Frank Merwerth and Dr Daniel Köhler.

“As the original manufacturer of the parts concerned, Knorr-Bremse is familiar with the precise specifications and tolerances of every single component. This hard-earned expertise offers customers added safety and peace of mind, as well as supporting their efforts to conserve resources,” commented Wolfgang Krinner, Member of the Executive Board of the Group’s Commercial Vehicle Systems division, Knorr-Bremse Systeme für Nutzfahrzeuge GmbH.

“We are convinced that it takes in-depth experience of series production to produce technically high quality and reliable replacement parts … so we are bundling our remanufacturing expertise and increasing our production capacities.”

Despite the cost and effort of returning, disassembling, cleaning, and inspecting used parts, Krinner said both economic and environmental were too substantial to ignore.

“In-house studies show that, compared to a new part, a remanufactured part cuts carbon dioxide emissions by up to 75 per cent. Financial savings for the customer are between 10 and 20 per cent compared to the price of a new part.”

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