TRW - The automotive remanufacturer

TRW Aftermarket

Three reasons to buy remanufactured parts

  1. Sustainable supply chain. 
    With an aging vehicle parc and new parts, especially electronic parts, becoming obsolete very quickly remanufacturing is often the only way to provide replacement parts for older vehicles, keeping them on the road. We are experts in sourcing obsolete parts and can find and remanufacture products for as long as 15 years after the end of production.
  2. Commercial benefit for older cars.
    And it’s cheaper. Even if the parts are still available new, they are likely to be costly to produce. Compared to the high volumes required by OE, the aftermarket service demand is much lower – resulting in low batch production with higher manufacturing costs.
  3. Environmental advantage. 
    As a manufacturer, we firmly believe that it is our responsibility to make a difference wherever and whenever we can. Automotive remanufacturing is one way in which TRW is helping to safeguard the environment.


Core business strategy

We see automotive remanufacturing as a critical part of our future product offering for several reasons. In time, it will be the only economically viable solution for reparability of mechatronics. It contributes significantly to CO² emission reduction and supports a local employment scheme that could create up to 300.000 jobs in the next 10 years. And of course, automotive remanufacturing offers end consumers an economical and safe way to maintain their car on the road.

Conserving resources at a glance:

  • 80% less energy used versus the production of new parts
  • Conserving raw materials such as steel, aluminium and copper
  • Waste reduction
  • Emissions are significantly reduced

Based on 2009 automotive remanufacturing production figures, we saved:

  • 3,600 tons of CO2
  • Equivalent to: 22,270,000 km driven or 86,000 truck loads

We saved 4,000 tons of CO2 in 2010.


Remanufacturing Obsolete Automotive Parts

We must not forget that automotive remanufacturing is a problem-solving industry. In many cases, it’s the only way to keep older cars and other vehicles such as boats, trains and tractors operating, as eventually parts become obsolete.

Most companies deal with obsolescence in a reactive way where they suddenly find that a component is not available.

TRW - working closely with the The International Institute of Obsolescence Management (IIOM), a special interest group concerned with obsolescence management, promotes pro-active management. We work closely with our colleagues and customers to monitor the life cycle of components so that when it comes to automotive remanufacturing, long-term cost savings can be made.

We use obsolescence management tools to monitor the life cycle of components and to hear about last time buys. If a component manufacturer finds it’s not economically viable to continue the manufacture of a component, they will often issue a ‘last time buy notice’

This indicates that the manufacture of that particular component will soon end. You then have a limited timeframe in which to buy that part. If a component listed as being on ‘last time buy’ is essential to you, you could buy components in bulk to cover the future maintenance.

If you are having problems sourcing obsolete products TRW and our remanufacturing team will help you.


Automotive Remanufacturers of the Year 2010

As automotive remanufacturers, we work hard to provide you with repair and service options that not only make good financial sense, but also deliver high-quality products that are environmentally sound.
This was recognised when TRW was named 'Automotive Remanufacturer of the Year’ 2010, by international remanufacturing magazine, ReMaTec News, supported by remanufacturing industry body APRA.
TRW was cited as having:

  • An outstanding record within the field of automotive remanufacturing
  • Automotive remanufacturing facilities that are admirable examples of quality and innovation

“TRW’s automotive remanufacturing facilities are without doubt amongst the industry's most professional remanufacturing operations and offer a combination of high technical knowledge, high quality and innovation as well as commercial competence."

Editor ReMaTec News, William Schwarck


Automotive remanufacturing is a growth industry

The hard facts:

  • 350,000 industry employees in North America
  • 35,000 in Europe...So, there is huge scope for expansion and creation of jobs

“The potential for automotive remanufacturing is tremendous – an excellent compromise for the environment and consumer costs. And at the same time, providing jobs for local people. An industry with a big future."

Francois Augnet, TRW vice president, Global Parts and Service, TRW Automotive Aftermarket


Automotive Remanufacturing – dawn of a new era

Remanufactured parts are becoming more visible in the IAM. But there is still much work to be done to ensure a positive and clean image travels down the chain to the car driver. We need to work together as an industry to raise the profile, highlight the benefits of remanufacturing and identify and enforce strict legal guidelines.


Taking care of the environment

The whole ‘green’ pitch has been overlooked for years and we all need to play our part.

  • Drivers need to be aware of their responsibility towards the environment
  • Our customers need to be well informed of their role in the core return process and the responsibility to their suppliers





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