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Used engines to get overhaul from new facility

By Jane Rayner

Caterpillar has opened a remanufacturing facility for used diesel engines and components sent from its dealers and customers.

Based at Shrewsbury in Shropshire, the Caterpillar European Remanufacturing Centre joins eight other dedicated remanufacturing facilities operated by the company. Through these facilities Caterpillar processes 2 million units and recycles 45,000 tonnes of used products annually. It has been doing this for the past 30 years.

Diesel engines and components will be cleaned, refurbished, reassembled and upgraded at the new centre. The process will take advantage of the latest technology before making them available to customers as fully warranted Cat Reman branded products. These products will cost half the price of the original ones and the plant will serve the European, African and Middle East markets.

Caterpillar general manager, commercial products remanufacturing services, Kevin Thienenman said: Remanufacturing is an $80 billion industry globally, with automotive making up $50bn and industry $1520bn.

Around 8595% of products are reused and the remaining materials, including metals, cardboard, wood and oils, are recycled.

In terms of weight, 61% of metal in engines and components can be reused after refurbishment. A fifth of the remaining material is recycled in Cats own mills and foundries and the rest is recycled elsewhere.

Caterpillar vice president product support division Bill Springer said: The remanufacturing process saves 85% of the energy used in original production.

A number of remanufacturing technologies are used on the site, including environmentally friendly cleaning, computer-controlled inspection and salvage techniques.

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