Harnek Bhogal believes the benefits of the practice boil down to three important areas: quality, environmental impact and economics.
Diving into the first topic, as a remanufacturer of almost 40 years’ experience, Autoelectro has the unique skills to disassemble, clean, inspect and rebuild all of its products to meet or exceed OE specifications, all supplied with a two-year warranty.
In contrast, cheaper copy products may lack the same level of engineering expertise and may not have undergone such rigorous quality and reliability testing. This is why reputable remanufacturers, like Autoelectro, can confidently offer extended warranties on their products, ensuring that customers have reliable solutions.
Harnek said: “We have such confidence in the quality and reliability of our products. Unfortunately, we hear of issues arising with copy products where warranty coverage and technical support are lacking; therefore, customers have limited recourse if problems do arise.
“Our understanding is clear and a strong unique selling point – it’s a huge advantage. That technical understanding, as well as knowledge and capability, means when we’re communicating with customers, they can have total faith, belief and trust in what we’re informing them – we offer peace of mind.”
Autoelectro offers technical support over the phone, e-mail, WhatsApp or via the 1986 Dashboard for account customers. Furthermore, Autoelectro boxes contain, where necessary, part-specific technical notes. These advise technicians on best practices when fitting the part and help distributors understand common vehicle faults.
The environmental side of remanufacturing is one that Autoelectro has championed for many years; in fact, it has earned accolades in recognition of its efforts: in 2015, it was the recipient of a Green Apple Environment Award. This annual, prestigious honour is awarded by The Green Organisation and is earned by organisations that promote environmental best practice around the world.
Harnek said: “Remanufacturing boasts significant environmental advantages, primarily in its ability to conserve resources. Traditional manufacturing processes demand substantial amounts of raw materials and energy-intensive procedures; however, remanufacturing circumvents these resource-intensive practices by restoring existing components, thus, reducing the need for new materials. This conservation of natural resources also helps decrease the environmental footprint associated with traditional manufacturing.”
Moreover, remanufacturing aligns perfectly with the concept of a circular economy. Rather than the modern model of using and disposing of products, remanufacturing follows a circular model, where products are reused and repaired. This contributes to a more sustainable and resource-efficient system, aiming to create a system where products, materials, and resources are kept in circulation for as long as possible, reducing the need for new resource extraction and mitigating long-term environmental impacts.
Harnek continued: “By participating in the circular economy, which diverts used components and cores from ending up in landfills, we are able to reduce waste volume and associated environmental impacts. Our starter motors and alternators, often discarded after their initial use, can find new lease of life through remanufacturing that contribute to a greener planet.”
The economic impact of remanufacturing extends to various groups, with end-users being one of the biggest beneficiaries. Autoelectro’s remanufactured products not only match the quality of new OE equivalents but are also offered at competitive prices. This option encourages consumers to make sustainable and budget-friendly choices by opting for remanufactured items.
Another aspect of the economic benefit is the extension of product life cycles, which, according to Harnek, is especially crucial for Autoelectro, which specialise in developing ranges for classic and rare applications:
“Without remanufacturing, consumers seeking components for vintage vehicles, such as an alternator for a 1961 Jaguar E-Type or a starter motor for a 1988 Lamborghini Countach, would face significant challenges. At Autoelectro, we have all the tools to ensure we can service these types of requests.”
Remanufacturing also creates employment opportunities. This not only contributes to local economies but also supports sustainable practices.
Harnek concluded: “We have always supported our staff’s professional growth, ensuring they’re adequately qualified and confident to complete their individual tasks competently. Skilled labour in remanufacturing ensures that our products are rebuilt to the highest standards.”
Remanufacturing stands as a pillar of the automotive aftermarket, delivering on the promises of quality, environmental responsibility, and economic viability. By prioritising the restoration of used components, Autoelectro offers consumers reliable and affordable alternatives. Simultaneously, it champions sustainability by conserving resources, reducing waste, and promoting a circular economy. Moreover, remanufacturing provides skilled job opportunities, supporting local economies and ensuring the industry’s continued existence.
In an era where quality, environmental consciousness, and economic efficiency are paramount, remanufacturing remains a powerful and vital force in the automotive aftermarket.
For more information about Autoelectro, go to www.autoelectro.co.uk