BOSCH promoted environmental benefits through remanufacturing within the "Woche der Umwelt 2007" (week of the environment) in Berlin, GERMANY.
This initiative of the German Federal President Horst Köhler in cooperation with the environmental foundation DBU (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt) promotes innovative and exemplary environmental projects!
Bosch has been invited to join the “Woche der Umwelt”.
Furthermore you are invited to read a report of the director of the remanufacturing division of Bosch "Bosch Exchange".
Press Conference Sustainability of 24.08.2006
Report “Bosch Exchange” by Mr Christophe Decaix
For many years product recycling in different ways has been used in industrial production. Nowadays it is especially up-to-date when speaking of the industrial branch with the biggest turnover in Germany, the automotive industry. The proportion of recyclable products in a motorcar has constantly increased and now, according to the Association of German Automobile Manufacturers (VDA) report of 2006, has reached 80 percent. Within the framework of self obligation, the automotive industry has committed itself to further growth of the recycling quota. One form of recycling is refurbishment, by which a lot of products from automotive production are saved from the ultimate deposit on the waste yard, which is the worst solution for the environment.
Bosch is one of the world leading suppliers of processed products. The programme includes products from the groups of petrol and diesel injection, brake parts and starters/alternators. The refurbishment by Bosch includes full disassembling, cleaning of the components, as well as the changing of all the wearing parts and 100 percent final inspection after the reassembly. Products processed this way are sold under the “Bosch Exchange” trade mark.
In the main focus of the processing industry are products with a high proportion of raw materials such as copper, steel and aluminium. Here reutilisation makes it possible to save a lot of power and materials. Every year, worldwide product recycling by refurbishment saves 14 millions tons of materials. This is the equivalent of a freight train with a total length of 3000 km. The accompanying energy saved can accumulate to the value of 35 billions kWh, which is almost the annual energy consumption of about 9 million households.
The sustainable method of production by refurbishment makes not only an important contribution to the environment and the preservation of resources, but also opens an opportunity for the industry to offer its customers economical advantages. This connection of economy and ecology that offers advantages for the environment, customers and the industry was recognized early by Bosch. In 1965 Bosch had already started refurbishment of motorcar parts, which was at first limited to starters. The high proportion of reusable metals in starters made it possible to save 91 percent energy in comparison to new production. Together with alternators, refurbished in the same plant, Bosch can save 2.150 tons of material and 85.000 MWh of power simply by recycling both products.
Today, under the trade mark “Bosch Exchange”, Bosch offers the widest exchange programme in the automotive aftermarket with 21 different product groups. The programme is annually extended and already includes components from the modern Bosch high pressure direct injection system, like Common Rail. All in all about 1,5 million motorcar parts are refurbished by Bosch worldwide at 10 headquarters every year. It is made possible by the anticipatory development, which provides the necessary prerequisites for the later refurbishment. This way Bosch has an opportunity to offer drivers a cost-saving alternative to a new product, as the price of a refurbished product is up to 30 percent lower then that of a new one. That is why Bosch Exchange products are in highest demand among owners of older cars. All the experience that Bosch has in the refurbishment process and the know-how from the series production for the original equipment make sure that the quality, capacity and durability of the refurbished products are the same as those of new ones. So flows the process of further development of products from the series production directly into the process of refurbishment. Therefore Bosch gives the same guarantee on the refurbished products as on new ones.
The basis for the refurbishment of motorcar parts is sufficient return delivery of the used parts, which makes possible the product circulation. In contrast to pure material recycling, as we know it today from PET-bottles, in the motorcar field the exact used parts that are demanded as refurbished products are required. This requires effective used parts management, which includes the refund development, logistics of the used parts, and control of the refurbishment ability of the used parts. For this purpose Bosch has developed a special software called “CoremanNet” that makes possible the efficient control and regulation of the used parts redelivery. Therefore, due to the constant increase of Bosch Exchange Products’ share in the total programme, trouble free refurbishment is secured for the future.
Last but not least you are able to download a 80 pages PDF folder talking about the "Corporate Social Responsability" of BOSCH!
- Robert Bosch GmbH, Deutschland
- Rolf Steinhilper: Produktrecycling - Vielfachnutzen durch Mehrfachnutzung; Stuttgart: IRB Verlag, 1999