The World Engine Remanufacturing Council (WERC) formed in London this month, after a conference of senior representatives from engine remanufacturing associations in New Zealand, Australia, North America and South Africa who were invited by the UK’s Federation of Engine Remanufacturers (FER) to meet their counterparts from associations throughout the EU.
Brian Ludford, FER secretary, said: “The independent engine remanufacturing industry already plays a significant role in the recycling of engine parts. They tackle emission problems on a daily basis, reducing overall outputs on the existing vehicle parc.
“Collectively, our combined activities have a significant influence on the reduction of carbon emissions on a global scale. With greater governmental support, there is potential to expand the market for remanufactured engine products and increase quality standards within the industry significantly. This would have even further implications for emissions savings, worldwide.
WERC will be based in Brussels, a move designed to provide the new body with greater credibility – A number of major automotive bodies are based there along with lobbying groups for OE manufacturers.
John Goodman, US delegate from the American Engine Remanufacturing Association (AERA) said: “While lobbying governments for more responsibility with respect to recycling issues, the vehicle manufacturers are quietly acquiring greater control of the scrap vehicle market and putting a stranglehold on the availability of product for recycling.
“Meanwhile, our expertise and potential influence on emission reduction is being eroded. We hope WERC will open a few political doors so that our views can be heard at the highest level.”