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APRA & ReMaTec: A Successful Co-operation

Monday, July 17, 2017  
Posted by: Kat Turner
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The foundations for ReMaTec 2017 were laid back in 2001. Fernand Weiland reflects on an enduring partnership between APRA and ReMaTec.


In 2001 Torben Bush-Hansen, the editor and founder of ReMaTec, wrote in the first edition of ReMaTecNews: “Together with APRA and FIRM we are laying the foundation for a regular event of great significance for the reman industry.” Today, we are very pleased and very proud to have accomplished our objective: to be the world-leading exhibition for remanufacturing. When Torben approached me in 1999 with his proposal to create an automotive reman exhibition, we did not hesitate for one moment to support his audacious idea, and decided to include also independent and OE remanufacturers as exhibitors. This new concept was the perfect idea which eventually did lead to our current success. APRA Europe is now very pleased with the diversity of exhibitors at ReMaTec 2017, which reflects its membership and represents the desired fair balance between both independent and OE members. The start of ReMaTec in 2001 was sponsored and organized by Scanpromotor of Denmark, but later RAI Amsterdam took it over and from then on developed it to become the leading exhibition for remanufacturing worldwide. Now, as well as the original automotive focus, RAI is reaching out to remanufacturers in other industries such as medical, marine, aviation and IT. Everything must evolve and, as a former chairman of APRA Europe I can say that this tremendous success has only been possible thanks to the high dedication of Niels Klarenbeek, Bas Dalm and their wonderful team.


One of APRA’s contributions to all ReMaTec exhibitions is to support it with events like seminars, symposiums, conferences, receptions and so on. For the 2017 exhibition APRA once again offered a range of useful and interesting activities, which you can see below:


• APRA Booth at ReMaTec 2017 featured a 3D printer demonstration by University of Bayreuth.

• APRA Europe Board Meeting

• Progress since ReMaTec 2015: APRA’s Work Report on its activities and political developments, with two presentations by Peter Bartel

• APRA/University of Bayreuth Technical Workshop: Research insights from additive manufacturing, 3D printing in reman and component cleaning in reman: three presentations by Markus Kafara, Grzegorz Pawłowski and Stefan Thäter

• General meeting of remanufacturing associations: Review of common challenges and opportunities

• APRA Cocktail Reception: An opportunity for APRA members to get together 



Fernand Weiland honored by APRA


Fernand Weiland, founder of APRA’s European division in 1989, was made an honorary member of the organization at ReMaTec 2017 in Amsterdam. Expressing his gratitude to the ‘European godfather of reman’, newly-appointed APRA chairman Daniel Koehler said: “I have not been in remanufacturing anywhere near as long as Fernand. But since I got involved in this great business, there was always one name mentioned: Fernand has been the constant in European remanufacturing for decades.
Both as a figurehead and behind the scenes, he was driving a lot of projects and topics, all for the greater good. He shared his wisdom and knowledge and brought together a lot of important players. Fernand put a lot of the time and energy of his life into APRA and remanufacturing – and I am sure he will continue to do so.”


Weiland himself said he was surprised and “very honored to receive this very special and unique award” and pledged to carry on supporting APRA. Thanking all board members in the US and Europe, he added: “I served APRA always with great enthusiasm and will continue do so. Too often members ask what the association can do for them, but they often forget to ask what they can do for the association.” An engineer by training, he spent 30 years in management positions with Bendix Automotive, Lucas Automotive, Magneti Marelli Automotive and TRW Automotive. He also co-founded the ReMaTec event, is a frequent contributor to ReMaTecNews and has edited several books on reman.

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