Remanufacturing is no longer a niche; it’s gone mainstream.  The remanufacturing industries came together today in Rochester, N.Y. at the RIC-RIT World Remanufacturing Conference.  The conference was in person for the first time since the pandemic, and the presenters — and turnout– demonstrate that remanufacturing is now a thriving, expanding mode of manufacturing.

From cartridges to farming equipment and everything in between, remanufactured products are embraced by businesses and consumers. Once they added remanufacturing into their product mix, Caterpillar, John Deere, GE Healthcare, Michelin, Trane, BorgWarner and a host of other super companies found a lucrative and environmentally-rewarding business channel. These companies started sharing their success stories today at the first of this two-day event.

Hosted by Dr. Nabil Nasr at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and the Remanufacturing Industries Council (RIC) of which the International Imaging Technology Council is an association member, the World Remanufacturing Conference brings the brightest and latest ideas in remanufacturing to industry members.

Office furniture remanufacturing, for example, is led by Davies Office, a New York-based company founded by Bill Davies.  The office furniture industry is a $124.9 billion industry. However, 81 percent of office furniture ends up in a landfill. Davies Office has successfully diverted 138,000 pounds of furniture from landfills.  Bill Davies has been at the forefront of the remanufacturing movement, and was deservedly awarded tonight’s Distinguished Service Award for decades of service to remanufacturing.

There are interesting developments coming out of the meeting, like certain new government requirements for publicly-traded companies that will make buying remanufactured products almost essential.  Stay tuned.