What is Sustainable Manufacturing?
Remanufacturing | MRO | Refurbishing
Sustainable manufacturing takes place in a factory setting. It’s manufacturing that is sustainable by definition and responsible by design. Think of it as an advanced form of recycling that focuses not on raw materials, but on the original finished product itself. In the automotive and commercial vehicle sectors, the accepted sustainable manufacturing term is remanufacturing. In aviation and aerospace, the process is called MRO – maintenance, repair and overhaul – and for consumer goods and electronics, refurbishing is the established reference.
Remanufacturing and similar forms of sustainable manufacturing is the standardized process of producing high-quality goods – a second time – by reusing materials and conserving embodied energy in existing products. It is “manufacturing with re-use” – the tried-and-true process of an environmentally-friendly industry that has been around for decades. Going forward, sustainable manufacturing will play a more vital role in the economy as buyers seek to reduce their ecological footprints.