Since its launch in 2011, MERA has grown to become internationally recognised as a network of 120 member companies. Members include CARDONE, Cummins, Detroit Reman (a unit of Daimler Trucks), EY, LKQ, Mopar (a unit of FCA), RIT, Robert Bosch, RSM, and ZF.
Following a bylaws change in December 2015 that welcomes cross-industry members, MERA is now positioned to engage more actively with leading remanufacturing companies from across multiple industry sectors. The result will be a stronger voice and network for remanufacturing.
MERA plans to continue its work to raise awareness and acceptance of remanufacturing. Recent successes in Washington, D.C., particularly President Obama signing the Federal Vehicle Repair Cost Savings Act of 2015, demonstrate the efforts of MERA and the MEMA Government Affairs Office.
MERA members know that today’s remanufactured products are as good as new, cost less to produce and purchase, and minimize the impact on the environment. MERA will continue to communicate this messaging, which, like remanufacturing itself, transcends industries via MERA’s “Quality, Value, Green” programme.
In addition, MERA will look to further its efforts with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which ruled in 2014 that 'remanufactured' is different from 'rebuilt'. This change was in response to a request by MERA, i.e., to reflect the reality that remanufacturing has more in common with new manufacturing than it does with any other process.
MERA and its members define remanufacturing as a standardised industrial process by which previously sold, worn or non-functional products are returned to same-as-new, or better, condition and performance.
This is today's reality; however, it is not universally recognised. MERA is working to develop a remanufacturing process standard that will raise the awareness and acceptance of remanufactured goods. By elevating remanufacturing and demonstrating the industrial process is on par with new manufacturing, MERA and its members look to stimulate demand for remanufactured products.
Remanufacturing is sustainable manufacturing by definition, and it is responsible by design. An internationally accepted reman standard will help lead to a world where remanufactured goods are demanded.