MERA debuts Remanufacturing Technology Forum

News Lucas Deal August 2, 2014

MERADetroit was the location for an industry first this week, as the Motor City hosted the Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association’s (MERA) inaugural Remanufacturing Technology Forum.

Formed in 2011, MERA has been growing steadily in membership and influence over the past three years. Thursday’s event was created to offer members and businesses active in the remanufacturing sector an opportunity to discuss the problems and challenges facing the industry, as well as opportunities for growth.

The event did not disappoint.

The speaker list featured experts from the light- and heavy-duty remanufacturing, core specialists, manufacturing advisors, additive manufacturing professionals and experts on product testing. To see who was there and what was discussed, click through the gallery below.

MERA's Technology Forum

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MERA President and COO John Chalifoux kicked off Thursday's event by introducing the panelists and sponsors, as well as offering an update on North American remanufacturing. According to Chalifoux, the United States is the "world's largest producer, consumer and exporter of remanufactured goods." He also noted that just recently the U.S. Federal Trade Commission annouced the terms "remanufactured" and "rebuilt" are not synonymous, which gives more credence to the value of high-quality remanufacturing.