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    BORG Automotive expands product range
    BORG Automotive, a Denmark-based automotive parts remanufacturer, has announced that it has added 113 part numbers to its range of starters and alternators this year, bringing Europe-wide market coverage in both product groups to approximately 95%, according to a press release dated 10 November. The remanufacturer has added 68 alternators and 45 starters to its range, offering them to distributors with immediate effect under the Elstock, DRI, TMI, and Lucas brands. The company says this has e...
    Johnson Matthey begins fuel-cell recycling operations in China
    British specialty chemicals company Johnson Matthey has commenced fuel-cell recycling operations in China at its Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu-based recycling facility, it said on 6 October 2022. Johnson Matthey said that its China-based recycling unit is refining and recycling the platinum group metal (PGM) content from membrane electrode assemblies (MEA), which is a key component of an automotive fuel cell, from Unilia, one of the world’s leading providers of fuel-cell stack technology. While&...
    Li-Cycle commences recycling operations at its new facility in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, US
    Toronto-based lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery recycling company Li-Cycle Corporation announced on 13 October 2022 that it has commenced the recycling operations at its spoke facility located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, US. According to the company, the Alabama Spoke is strategically located to support the recycling needs of the Li-Cycle’s growing battery supply customer base in the southeastern US region. “The development of the EV supply chain in the region continues to accelerate as battery an...
    Ecobat addresses the future of EV battery recycling
    With operations throughout Europe, the United States, and Southern Africa, Ecobat is a leader in the collection, recycling, production, and distribution of energy storage solutions. In a press release dated 3 October, Ecobat Battery European Marketing Manager, Thom Poole, said “The lithium battery, which is generally the battery of choice for vehicle manufacturers (VM) globally, is an incredibly effective power storage solution. It is virtually maintenance-free, is lighter than a traditio...
    GM and Canada’s Lithion partner for circular EV battery ecosystem
    Canada-based Lithion Recycling and US automaker General Motors have announced that GM Ventures, the automaker's investment arm, has made a strategic investment in Lithion's Series A financing round, supporting a new GM-Lithion strategic partnership agreement to pursue a circular battery ecosystem using Lithion's advanced battery recycling technology, according to a press release dated 22 September. This collaboration between GM and Lithion will focus on: validation of Lithion's recovered batt...
    TES, Strides Mobility collaborate on Li-ion battery recycling in Singapore
    TES and Strides Mobility have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate on lithium-ion battery recycling, energy storage initiatives, and electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure expansion in Singapore, according to a press release dated 17 September. Terence Ng, executive chairman of TES, said, "This is a great day for all Singaporeans who care about e-mobility. It is our privilege to work closely with Strides Frontier as it begins to take significant steps on its journe...
    BORG Automotive expands electric brake caliper range
    BORG Automotive, a Denmark-based automotive parts remanufacturer, has announced that it is adding 12 part numbers to its range of electric brake calipers, according to a press release dated 27 July. The Danish remanufacturer, representing the brands DRI, TMI, Lucas and Elstock, claims it is one of the first aftermarket suppliers with this release and offers distributors a replacement part on par with original parts for more than 800,000 Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Opel and Toyota vehicles registe...
    Hella Pagid expands range of core-free brake calipers
    Hella Pagid, the joint venture (JV) between automotive parts suppliers TMD Friction and aftermarket electronics firm and spare parts distributor HELLA, announced that it is further extending its brake caliper range, according to a press release dated 29 August. The JV has expanded the range of core-free brake calipers for the independent aftermarket by 110 to 222 calipers for a wide variety of vehicle manufacturers, increasing the coverage of vehicle applications from about 4,400 to almost 8,200...
    Genstar completes sale of US remanufacturer BBB Industries to Clearlake Capital
    Genstar Capital, a US-based private equity firm announced that it has completed the sale of BBB Industries, a manufacturer of automotive, industrial, energy storage, and solar parts, to Clearlake Capital Group, via a press release dated 28 July.  In 2018, Genstar acquired BBB and in partnership with management sought to expand its ESG impact from sustainable manufacturing processes solely in the automotive aftermarket into new segments to support renewable energy. Notably, the company...
    US-based lifecycle management company Solera updates Identifix software
    Solera, a US based company involved in vehicle lifecycle management software-as-a-service, data, and services has launched new, intuitive color wiring features to its Identifix Direct-Hit-branded auto repair software, according to a press release dated 13 July. The update brings an easier and more convenient experience to the technician-built vehicle repair database with more than 3 million confirmed fixes, the release added. Direct-Hit subscribers can now view multiple wiring diagrams side-b...
    UK-based remanufacturer Carwood to showcase green solutions at Automechanika Frankfurt
    UK-based remanufacturer and fuel systems supplier, Carwood, announced that the company will demonstrate how it is helping distributors and garages service current and future vehicles by showcasing a range of OE-quality, eco- and cost-friendly products at this year’s Automechanika Frankfurt, which will be held between 13–17 September 2022, according to a press release dated 29 June. A full range of its remanufactured fuel pumps and injectors covering all makes and models of vehicle, includ...
    Toyota, Redwood Materials partner for closed-loop battery ecosystem
    Toyota Motor North America has announced that it will collaborate with battery recycling startup Redwood Materials to explore a series of end-of-life battery solutions for Toyota's proposed battery ecosystem, according to a press release dated 21 June. Initially, this collaboration will focus on the collection, testing, and recycling of Toyota hybrid electric vehicle batteries. The companies will then look to expand into other areas such as battery health screening and data management, remanufac...
    Vitesco Technologies enhances focus on life cycle engineering
    Global automotive supplier of electric mobility and powertrain components Vitesco Technologies announced that it is looking into the so-called Life Cycle Engineering (LCE) with an aim of optimizing the ecological footprint of its products, according to a press release dated 21 June.  LCE means that when designing and developing a product, the ecological footprint of the entire value chain is taken into account – from the extraction of raw materials for supplied parts, through their pro...
    BASF to build battery recycling black mass plant in Schwarzheide, Germany
    German chemical company BASF has announced that it will build a commercial scale battery recycling black mass plant in Schwarzheide, Germany, according to a press release dated 20 June. This investment is said to strengthen BASF’s cathode active materials (CAM) production and recycling hub in Schwarzheide. The site is an ideal location for the build-up of battery recycling activities given the presence of many EV car manufacturers and cell producers in Central Europe. This investment will crea...
    US remanufacturer BBB Industries visual customer service technology TechEyeQ
    US-based automotive aftermarket supplier and remanufacturer BBB Industries has announced that it is simplifying the way its customers diagnose and repair their vehicles with its new customer service technology, TechEyeQ, according to a press release dated 10 May. Using TechEyeQ, customers can have real-time, live interaction with BBB’s technical services team to identify and resolve their problem quickly and effectively, the company said. Significance: “TechEyeQ is a gamechanger. It is...
    BMW partners with local recycler to reuse secondary battery materials in China
    German automaker BMW announced via press release on 25 May that its Chinese joint venture BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) had for the first time established a closed loop for the application of nickel, lithium, and cobalt, recovered from unsuitable batteries, in new electric vehicles (EVs). According to the press release, BBA worked with a local recycler Zhejiang Huayou Recycling Technology to recover the raw materials from batteries belonging to its fully and partially electric development v...
    US remanufacturer BBB Industries acquired by Clearlake Capital
    US-based automotive aftermarket supplier and remanufacturer BBB Industries has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Clearlake Capital Group with continued investment by Genstar Capital and BBB’s management team, according to a press release dated 19 May. Upon closing the transaction, Clearlake will become majority shareholders of BBB; financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed, the release added. The transaction is expected to close later th...
    BORG Automotive outlines range of remanufactured A/C compressors for electric cars
    BORG Automotive, a Denmark-based automotive parts remanufacturer, has enhanced focus on its range of remanufactured A/C compressors for electric cars, according to a press release dated 29 April, which claims that the company is the only supplier in the aftermarket for several of them. BORG says it is one of the few remanufacturers in the world capable of remanufacturing electric A/C compressors. According to the release, the company recognized early on that e-mobility had become a future req...
    UK-based remanufacturer Carwood becomes Bosch distributor for UK, Ireland
    UK-based remanufacturer and fuel systems supplier, Carwood, announced that it is expanding its service offering with Bosch distribution for the UK and Ireland, according to a press release dated 9 May. From this month, Carwood will supply a full programme of Bosch fuel pumps, injectors and spare parts for diesel and petrol vehicles. The extended range, which includes new, ‘Bosch eXchange’ and repair components, is said to add to Carwood’s existing line-up of authorised solutions, diagnosti...
    Bridgestone partners to codevelop end-of-life tire recycling process
    Bridgestone via press release on 13 April has announced a partnership with LanzaTech to codevelop the first dedicated end-of-life tire recycling process and create an outline toward decarbonization of new tire production. According to the Tire Industry Project operating under the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), more than one billion tires globally reach the end of their useful service life each year. Paolo Ferrari, president and CEO, Bridgestone Americas, s...
    China’s Linglong Tire and Cleantire strengthen partnership for tire recycling
    Chinese tire manufacturer Linglong Tire announced via press release on 15 April that it has signed a comprehensive strategic cooperation agreement for waste tire recycling and reuse with Cleantire, which is a technology company integrating research and development (R&D), design, production, and the sales of renewable resources. With the deepening of the concept of environmental protection, recycling, and disposing of waste tires has become a hot topic in the industry, the release sai...
    US-based remanufacturer BBB Industries strengthens European operations
    US-based automotive aftermarket supplier and remanufacturer BBB Industries has expanded its presence in Europe with the acquisition of Budweg Caliper, a Denmark-based supplier of remanufactured brake calipers for the European automotive aftermarket, covering more than 98% of the European car parc, according to a press release dated 31 March. Through its facility in Denmark, Budweg serves Central and Eastern Europe, France, Scandinavia, Spain, Austria, and Switzerland. This is BBB’s sixth ac...
    US-based remanufacturer BBB Industries expands range
    US-based automotive aftermarket supplier and remanufacturer BBB Industries has launched 14 SKUs to its Remy brand of starters and alternators covering over 3.9 million vehicles, according to a press release dated 12 April. BBB Industries is involved in the sustainable manufacturing of starters, alternators, hydraulic and air disc brake calipers, hydraulic and electronic power steering products, and turbochargers for the OEM, passenger, industrial, and commercial vehicle aftermarket indus...
    ZF Aftermarket reiterates commitment to remanufacturing
    ZF Aftermarket, the aftermarket arm of German automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen, has reiterated its commitment to remanufacturing in recognition of Global Remanufacturing Day, according to a press release dated 14 April. The company said that remanufacturing has enabled the Group to significantly reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and save energy every year: In 2020 for example, it reduced its global CO2 emissions by an estimated 12,444 tons and realized an estimated energy savin...
    Remanufacturing solutions provider ATC Drivetrain acquires Treharne Automotive
    ATC Drivetrain, a US-based remanufacturing solutions provider, announced via a press release on 12 April that it has acquired Treharne Automotive Engineering, a UK-based company focused on electric vehicle (EV) battery life cycle management, including second-life applications, recycling, and diagnostic and test equipment for powertrain systems. As the automotive industry continues to migrate beyond traditional internal combustion engines to electrified systems, ATC believes it is important to...
    ATC Drivetrain opens EV battery and powertrain lab in North America
    ATC Drivetrain, a US-based remanufacturer of automotive powertrain and drivetrain systems, announced via a press release dated 5 April that it has launched remanufacturing capabilities for electrified vehicle systems at its Oklahoma City, Okla, facility will serve the North American automotive market. The investment allows ATC to remanufacture batteries and electric drive units for hybrid and battery electric vehicles, according to the release, which added that the move represents the ne...
    Continental launches volume production of tires made from recycled PET bottles
    Continental has launched volume production tires made from recycled polyester yarn obtained from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles, according to a press release published by Continental on 5 April. The new material initially will be available in selected sizes for Continental’s PremiumContact 6 and EcoContact 6 summer tires and the AllSeasonContact tire. These tires are produced with a special logo ‘Contains Recycled Material’ on the sidewall to depict ContiRe.Tex technol...
    BORG Automotive announces plans to increase capacities
    BORG Automotive, a Denmark-based automotive parts remanufacturer, has revealed that to continue to meet the higher demand under and after pandemic conditions, it has decided on far-reaching measures, and is gradually putting them into practice, according to a press release dated 11 March. As part of the measures, the company will keep a high inventory of used parts, known as "cores”. Currently, the company keeps more than 1 million original cores suitable for remanufacturing in stock on a...
    ATC Drivetrain to establish manufacturing facility in Knoxville
    ATC Drivetrain, a US-based remanufacturer of automotive powertrain and drivetrain systems, announced via a press release on 22 March that the company will establish manufacturing facility in Knoxville. This investment will create 218 new manufacturing jobs in Knox County over the next five years. This is the latest of several new investments ATC Drivetrain has made recently, including the implementation of new technologies and capabilities in the global battery and electric vehicle (EV) power...
    Continental ties up for recycling end-of-life tires
    German parts manufacturer Continental announced via press release on 14 March that it has signed a development agreement with Pyrum Innovations, a recycling technology company based in Germany, Luxembourg, and France, to further optimize and expand the recycling of end-of-life tires through pyrolysis. Pyrolysis is the industrial process of breaking down large molecules of tire into smaller molecules of oil, gas, and carbon black. Recovered carbon black (rCB) produced in tire pyrolysis is an envi...
    Denmark-based remanufacturer BORG Automotive expands product range
    BORG Automotive, a Denmark-based automotive parts remanufacturer, has revealed that it has expanded its product range by nearly 100 new articles, according to a press release dated 3 March. The company has also added several new spare parts to its catalog under its Elstock brand, with which it currently supplies to the aftermarket. BORG’s range includes an electronic steering gear for sport utility vehicles (SUVs) of the Volkswagen Group as well as brake calipers for the Hyundai Ioniq. The ...
    Mercedes-Benz establishes sustainable battery recycling plant in Germany
    Mercedes-Benz rolls out its global strategy for recycling automotive battery systems, firmly establishing the principle of sustainability as an integral part of its corporate strategy, according to a press release dated 11 March. It is expanding its global battery recycling strategy with a view to the future return of lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery systems from Mercedes-EQ vehicles.  The company is starting to build its own battery recycling plant in Germany, based on hydrom...
    Repairify acquires vehicle reconditioning software provider AMT
    US-based Repairify Inc, the parent company of vehicle diagnostic solutions firm asTech announced that it has acquired AutoMobile Technologies (AMT), a leading provider of enterprise-grade used vehicle reconditioning software, according to a press release dated 22 February. AMT’s technology is claimed to help automotive reconditioning providers replace paperwork, enforce processes, and gain visibility into business operations, according to the release. By leveraging the combined capabilities...
    Bridgestone, ENEOS partner to mull recycling technologies for used tires
    Japanese tire manufacturer Bridgestone Corporation announced via press release on 18 February that the company, along with Japanese oil and metals company ENEOS Corporation is launching a joint R&D project focused on producing tire raw materials from used tires. Through this project, Bridgestone and ENEOS aim to develop a recycling business that will convert used tires to raw materials. The joint project will work to develop chemical recycling technologies for used tires by merging the ad...
    Redwood Materials teams up with Ford, Volvo to recycle EV batteries in California
    Battery recycling startup Redwood Materials announced on 17 February 2022 that it has teamed up with Ford Motor Company and Volvo Cars as it launched its EV battery recycling program, beginning in California, US. The startup aims to establish efficient, safe, and effective recovery pathways for the end-of-life hybrid and electric vehicle (EV) battery packs, it said. “Ford Motor Company and Volvo Cars are the first automakers to directly support the program, but we will accept all lithium-io...
    Advance Auto Parts-owned DieHard battery gets circular economy validation
    US-based automotive aftermarket parts retailer, Advance Auto Parts, announced that its DieHard brand is the world’s first automotive battery to receive circular economy validation as validated by UL (United Laboratories), according to a press release dated 14 February. The validation applies to DieHard’s line of Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) batteries manufactured by Clarios, a global supplier of advanced battery technologies and energy storage solutions. DieHard batteries are claimed to be r...
    Porsche recycles used EV batteries in pilot project
    German carmaker Porsche announced that it is running a pilot project in the aftersales department as part of its sustainability initiative, according to a press release dated 6 February. The initiative involves recycling of used traction batteries from electric vehicles (EVs) for use as energy stores as part of a second life concept. “In this way, resources can be conserved and sustainability enhanced,” according to the release. The company says it is focusing on the environmental effects...
    Bendix widens availability of remanufactured air compressor
    US-based supplier of commercial vehicle braking and safety systems, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, has announced that its remanufactured BA-921 compressors for Detroit Diesel 2007 EPA and 2010 EPA DD13 and DD15 engines are now available for sale in the commercial vehicle aftermarket, according to a press release dated 24 January. Along with greater access to this key component, authorized Bendix dealers and distributors will have the advantage of being able to consolidate purchases and ex...
    NSK expands bearing lifecycle cost management with new site in the US
    NSK Americas has acquired the reconditioning business operated by Alliance Bearing Repair and Reclaim, effective 23 December, according to a press release dated 6 January. Alliance was founded in 2005 in Ohio, USA, and is engaged in reconditioning (remanufacture, repair, and refurbishment) of bearings for the steel, pulp and paper, energy, and mining industries. By combining Alliance under its fold, NSK Group aims to drive customer engagement through expanded post-sale maintenance and repair ...
    BlackCycle recycles end-of-life tires to produce sustainable carbon black
    The BlackCycle consortium announced via press release on 22 November the world’s first production of carbon black on a conventional carbon black furnace reactor using oils derived from an end-of-life tire pyrolysis process. According to the press release, the novel production of sustainable carbon blacks (sCB), involving the use of material from end-of-life tires to create new tire rubber, introduces circularity in the tire manufacturing value chain. According to the consortium, the...
    Japan’s ITOCHU acquires UK car tire recycler Murfitts
    Japanese trading house ITOCHU Corporation announced that it has acquired UK-based tire recycler Murfitts Group, according to a press release dated 20 December. The acquisition, made through the ITOCHU subsidiary, European Tyre Enterprise Limited (ETEL) a tire wholesaler and retailer with extensive presence in the UK. Significance: Murfitts collects and processes the equivalent of around 20 million post-consumer car tires in the UK each year, according to the release. Using the recovered mater...
    Toyota to roll-out vehicle update service for Japanese customers
    Japanese carmaker Toyota has announced that it is launching a new service, known as Kinto Factory, in Japan under which customers can customize and update the hardware and software in their existing vehicles, according to a press release dated 21 December. The company said this move has been prompted by the trend involving customers increasingly holding on to their cars for longer. There are three types of update packages available. The Upgrade package is an enhancement of basic vehicle speci...
    GB Remanufacturing launches updated mobile-friendly eCatalog
    US-based remanufacturing company GB Remanufacturing has announced the launch of an updated mobile-friendly version of its electronic parts catalog, according to a press release dated 4 January. The catalog is powered by ShowMeTheParts, an aftermarket catalog management service. Significance: Founded in 1986 and located in Long Beach, CA, GB Remanufacturing remanufactures gasoline and diesel fuel injectors, diesel pumps, and diesel electronic components. With vehicle and part number search ...
    Nissan to lower EV production costs by recycling batteries in Europe and the United States
    The daily Nikkei on 16 December reported that Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co Ltd plans to build new battery recycling factories in the United States and Europe by the end of fiscal 2025. According to the news article, the automaker hopes that recycling batteries and reusing them in electric vehicles (EVs) will help the company lower its total production costs as the price of rare metals start of rise with increasing demand. According to Nissan, the factories will be the company’...
    Renault launches ‘Refactory Project’ at its Seville, Spain plant
    French vehicle manufacturer Renault Group has launched a ‘Refactory Project’ at its Seville plant in Spain in the presence of Juan Manuel Moreno, president of the Andalusia region, the company said in a statement on 5 November. The company said that the ‘Refactory Project’ is an extension of a similar program implemented at Flins (Yvelines, France), which remains the company’s circular economy strategic hub for Europe. “This new Refactory will bring together circular economy activ...
    UK supplier Brake Engineering expands calipers range
    UK aftermarket parts supplier Brake Engineering announced that it has introduced 82 new brake calipers since the start of 2021, to mark it’s 40th anniversary in the automotive aftermarket, according to a release from the UK aftermarket industry body, Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). The extension of Brake Engineering’s range features 20 painted calipers covering SEAT Leon, Leon Hatchback Van, Leon SC, Leon ST, and Leon ST Estate Van; ŠKODA Octavia IV; Peugeot 50...
    Ford Motor and Redwood Materials partner to build closed-loop battery recycling
    Ford is partnering with battery-recycling and remanufacturing start-up Redwood Materials to recover raw materials from Ford’s battery packs and reuse them in future battery production, the companies said in a press release on 22 September. Redwood’s recycling technology can recover over 95% of the elements like nickel, cobalt, lithium, and copper, which can be reused in a closed-loop to produce anode copper foil and cathode active materials for future battery production. For Ford, using l...
    ATC expands EV remanufacturing capabilities to North America and Asia
    ATC Drivetrain, a US-based remanufacturing solutions provider, announced via a press release on 4 June that it is launching remanufacturing capabilities for electric vehicle (EV) systems at its Oklahoma city facility to serve the North American automotive market and at its Zhangjiang, China facility to serve the Asian automotive market. According to the release, these investments will allow ATC to remanufacture batteries and electric drive units for both plug-in hybrid and battery electric ve...
    Remanufacturing solutions provider ATC Drivetrain moves headquarters to Michigan
    ATC Drivetrain, a US-based remanufacturing solutions provider, announced via a press release on 15 April that the company has moved its global headquarters from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to Farmington Hills, Michigan. The company believes the move will allow it to better serve the global automotive industry and felt it is important to have a significant presence in one of the world’s main automotive ecosystems. “Metro Detroit provides the added benefit of having direct flights to the wo...
    Policy: Indian government approves new Vehicle Scrappage Policy
    The Indian Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH) has approved a new Vehicle Scrappage Policy, The Financial Express reported on 26 January. The policy will allow the central and state governments to scrap their vehicles that are more than 15 years old. It will take effect 1 April 2022, after getting approval from respective state governments in India. Additionally, the Ministry has approved a proposal to levy a "green tax" on older vehicles. Under the green tax struct...
    Borg Automotive acquires Turbo Motor Inyeccion S.L.
    Borg Automotive, a Denmark-based automotive parts remanufacturer, announced via a press release dated 16 September the acquisition of Spanish turbocharger company Turbo Motor Inyeccion S.L.  Turbo Motor Inyeccion (TMI) generated a revenue of DKK105 million (USD15.5 million) last year, resulting in a DKK12 million profit. According to the company's statement, the aftermarket for automotive parts is currently in a consolidation process, making it hard for medium-sized companies. Due t...
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