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APRA Europe Adds New Member Benefit

Thursday, September 7, 2017   (0 Comments)
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APRA Europe to strengthen presence towards members -
New membership services and back office cooperation launched with no newcomer to Remanufacturing

by Dr. Daniel Koehler, Chairman of APRA Europe


I am happy to announce another successful step on our long-term strategy of comprehensive membership services. We have just recently installed a European membership service and back office, thus keeping our backs free and providing us with the necessary support to reach our goal of maximum and straight availability for any request.

 

By taking this step, we anticipate a couple of advantages, not only for our Board of Directors but especially for our valuable members of APRA Europe:

 

1.     One direct contact person for our European members

2.     Quick response times for members’ requests

3.     Accelerated projects of APRA Europe

 

Since we decided to set up a back office, we have been seeking intensively for a suitable person. Indeed, I believe we have now found the right cast for this task. He is not a newcomer to our all Remanufacturing business. To the contrary, he had been involved internationally as a researcher, consultant and speaker. He stems from Professor Steinhilpers’ team in Bayreuth, Germany. Meanwhile, he made a career within and for industrial companies. And now he is eager to support APRA Europe’s advancement.

 

I am talking about Dr. Michael Haumann with whom I made an interview ahead of this edition.

 

DK: Michael, welcome back to the Remanufacturing business!

 

MH: Thank you, Daniel. In fact, it feels a little bit like returning to a point where I have been before and which appears pretty familiar to me.

 

DK: You have been out of this business for a while. Since our first talk about this membership service and back office cooperation, you have dipped back into our industry. Which changes have you recognized since your last contact to Reman?

 

MH: During the first weeks of our newly established cooperation, I recognized, that many players which I knew from the past have evolved and become even more professional as they might already have been. This refers to companies, organizations, exhibitions and the industry in general which has a very firm position – also thanks to APRA’s as well as other partnering organizations’ efforts in terms of regulation. Especially the last-mentioned topic has undergone a great development. However, times are changing and industries are consolidating and so does Reman. Therefore, some companies were closed, sold, merged or integrated into bigger organizations.

 

DK: Michael, after finishing your Ph.D. on Variety Management in Remanufacturing, you decided to make a career in the general industry outside the Reman. What exactly did you do?

 

MH: Based on my experience in optimizing businesses and industrial processes, I expanded on this knowledge and took over responsible positions in internationally acting companies. I was responsible for operational excellence activities, including US and Czech production plants. At the same time and after, I had been commissioned to take over responsibility for a couple of large investment projects within Europe. They ranged from early business planning, factory planning, financing and implementation to sustainability audits after successful ramp-up.
Just to name a few activities…

 

DK: To this background, how come that you do our membership services and back office?

 

MH: Let me state two reasons for this decision. One is, that in the meantime, I have built up my own consulting business, giving me the freedom to decide which projects I follow and which not. The other one is, that after finding out that you were looking for someone, I thought that your hard work and striving for further advancing APRA Europe would be absolutely supportable - at the same time very efficient with someone who brings in experience with Remanufacturing processes, companies as well as all the established venues.

 

DK: Indeed! You mentioned your consulting business, what is your focus?

 

MH: My focus is clearly on advancing SME companies and I my personal mission is to offer both professional analysis and optimization concepts and at the same time provide full implementation support. My consulting services range from cost cutting to business development by optimizing processes, structures and business strategy.

 

DK: Thank you for this interview. May we advance together APRA Europe, effectively.

 

MH: Thank you Daniel. I am looking forward to this cooperation with you, the Board, the APRA members and all partners involved.

 

Our membership services and back office can now be contacted by our members and non-members directly. You can reach out to Michael by europe@apra.org.

 

 

 

 


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