Volvo Reman meets customer needs for Sustainable solutions
In recent years there has been a noticeable shift in acceptance and preference for remanufactured parts. Volvo Reman Technologies has seen demand rise steadily for their sustainable, reliable, and cost-effective product line as a result.
“It’s easy to see why these parts have become so popular,” says Sherman Williams, director of remanufacturing product development with Volvo Trucks North America. “With remanufactured components there’s an upfront cost savings to the customer as we’ve eliminated the initial process of turning raw materials into finished products. Volvo Reman provides the customer with peace of mind, not just that the parts are warrantied as new, but that they are both environmentally and financially sustainable.”
“Volvo Reman provides the customer with peace of mind, not just that the parts are warrantied as new, but that they are both environmentally and financially sustainable.”
SHERMAN WILLIAMS, DIRECTOR OF REMANUFACTURING PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT WITH VOLVO TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA
Decades of commitment
While reman components are finding a spotlight today, Volvo Reman has a long history in North America. It began as a small outside group in the 1970s and was acquired by Volvo in 2001. In 2008 volume for Volvo Reman expanded dramatically with the introduction of remanufactured D12 engines. Today offerings include a wide array of parts and systems, including Volvo engines, Volvo I-Shift transmissions, fuel injection systems, turbocharging units and more.
“We’ve developed this scalable remanufactured solution over many years. It precisely aligns with our commitment to sustainability,” according to Williams. “By remanufacturing parts that are among the most carbon intensive to initially produce, we achieve tremendous savings in emissions. This is especially true when you consider the carbon intensity involved with casting engine blocks and other heavy-duty components.”
The challenges of increased demand
Customer acceptance for fully-warrantied Volvo Reman components turns out to be a pretty easy hurdle. The group now has to make concerted efforts to source older engine cores and other parts to feed the growing demand.
The success of Volvo Reman requires close co-operation with customers and dealers. It’s dependent on designated components and assemblies returning in exchange for core deposit credits. The cores are essential to the factory for the remanufacturing process. These limit the use of raw materials by reducing new core castings.
“More fleets are seeing that the risk is minimal, so our business just continues to grow,” adds Williams. “These are parts that cost significantly less but are guaranteed like new. Then when we install it at one of our 400+ Volvo Trucks dealer locations, both the part and labor are fully backed. It’s a win for fleets, for Volvo, and for society at large.”
Volvo Reman’s highest demand parts:
- Fuel injection systems
- Cylinder heads
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