As dealers will tell you, it’s nearly astonishing to find out about all of the electronics systems built into the dashboard and under the hood of new vehicles sold these days. There are 20-to-30 electronics control modules built into new vehicles and the complexity is getting deeper with each new model year, said Mark Shasteen, vice president of CTDI’s automotive business segment. CTDI, based in West Chester, Penn., is focused on vehicle electronics remanufacturing and logistics, and recently launched Reman 8.0, a one-stop solution. Customers leverage CTDI’s 38 years of technical expertise in microelectronics and mechatronics, test engineering, and industry leading remanufacturing capabilities. CTDI works with automakers, dealers, Tier One suppliers, and retail service chains to streamline the repair process and contain costs. The company works with clients to reduce costs, reuse parts and components, and in meeting their green, sustainability targets.
CTDI and other remanufacturing companies play a crucial role in keeping vehicle operational; that’s getting trickier in the US market where the average age of vehicles on the streets is now 11 years old. Reman 8.0 is offering turnkey solutions including engineering, testing, logistics, and IT systems. When working with its clients, CTDI is able to salvage and remanufacture more than 90% of the vehicle’s electronics parts and components, Shasteen said.
There’s a lot of metals, plastic, glass, fabrics, and other materials that go into new vehicles in a nation expected to sell more than 15 million new units this year, and in a world anticipated to see 83.5 million sold (as predicted by LMC Automotive). A lot of people are wondering what will happen to all the old light-duty passenger vehicles stored in landfills, junkyards, and their neighbor’s driveway. Remanufacturing offers automakers, suppliers, dealers, and service providers a strategy for addressing environmental sustainability targets through a cost effective, profitable business model. “It’s cost effective, green, and viable,” Shasteen said.