Edition 63
Message from the Publisher
by Gailen Vick, Founder & Publisher, Reverse Logistics Association

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Automotive RL is changing - Fast

This last year while I was visiting the automobile industry in Detroit and Dearborn, Michigan, I was able to take a tour of the Ford Motor Company museum. One of displays shared how farmers who purchased the Ford Tractor banded together to share data on part replacement and enhancements. Today that exchange is one of the oldest processes of Reverse Logistics since Fordís introduction of the tractor back in 1917. When the early adopterís purchased these farm tractors, not only was there a huge increase in productive, but the economic cost of the equipment demanded that the maintenance life and part support be extended well beyond anything that had been seen before. Voilŗ, the formation of associations like the Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association, which makes it very fitting that we are collaborating with APRA in Rimini, Italy this month for a Symposium, Conference & Expo on the Remanufacturing and Reverse Logistics processes.



One of the discussions that we will be having at the conference at our European event is on the Basel Convention. If you havenít heard about this movement, please give yourself a crash-course on the subject. No matter what your philosophic or political position is, the Basel Convention is going to or already has made an impact on your life. So join us along with over 150 RL and Reman Professionals in person or link our pod-cast streaming data of the conference so that you can be prepared for the future directions and sharp turns in policy regulations that are coming to Reverse Logistics. Also, take a look at the 40 plus exhibitors that will be presenting solutions for your company.



The major changes in the automobile industry are just around the corner. Just think, driver-less electric cars & trucks are coming soon. Imagine having a company that remanufactures disc-brakes, now contemplate re-writing your business plan to revamp your operations to support the future disc-brakes that are mostly inductive based for the use of back EMF for generating energy for the batteries!! Or hiring/training factory workers to remanufacture electrical/electronic systems that guides the navigation of vehicles. Yes, RL processes are changing very fast!



Best Regards,
Gailen Vick, Founder & Publisher
www.RLA.org
RLM

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