The Governor of Texas declares April 11 as Remanufacturing Day in Texas
Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott has issued a proclamation to make April 11 2019 Remanufacturing Day in the state. The observance will coincide with Global Remanufacturing Day, which celebrates the growing economy for same-as-new remanufactured goods, from vehicles to office furniture to medical devices.
The governor issued the proclamation at the request of Vehicle Reman LLC of Tyler, Texas. “We’re grateful to Gov. Abbott for helping us communicate the importance of remanufacturing,” said Greig Latham, founder and CEO of Vehicle Reman in a recent press release. “It is another step in promoting the cost efficiency, reliability and environmental benefits of remanufactured products.”
Remanufacturing is a rigorous industrial process where previously sold, leased, used, worn or non-functional products or parts are returned to like-new or better-than-new condition. This is from both a quality and performance perspective, through a controlled, reproducible and sustainable process. Remanufacturing has been recognised by leading universities, research institutions and manufacturers around the world as the highest form of recycling, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, saving energy and reclaiming end-of-life products.
Texas is home to many remanufacturing-focused companies that produce automotive components, vehicle engines, heavy construction equipment, lumber, compressors, steam turbines, computer hardware, golf equipment and more. Vehicle Reman, for example, provides customers with as-good-as-new pickup trucks and other vehicles at half the cost. The company also gives fleet owners a valuable option for getting the most out of end-of-life vehicles.
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“This is a natural evolution of well-established automotive parts remanufacturing, but applied to the whole vehicle,” said Latham. “We have a proven system that remanufactures a truck, van or other vehicle back to original specifications. When customers see the quality and remarkable savings, the company really sells itself.”
A typical vehicle reman candidate is a truck, SUV, van or automobile with at least 100,000 miles and seven years in service. Vehicles up to 20 years old can undergo remanufacturing. Vehicle Reman specialises in Ford, GM and Chrysler brand vehicles. Reman vehicles are quieter, ride more smoothly and will usually achieve much better fuel economy than the pre-reman units.
Additionally, remanufacturing saves, on average, 85% of energy use, 86% of water use and 85% of material use compared to new products. The industry supports 180,000 full-time jobs in the US, producing more than $100bn worth of goods each year.
The manufacturing economy in Texas generates more than $218bn of the state’s annual GDP (gross domestic product) and supports approximately 3mn jobs. Automotive-related manufacturing in particular has been found to generate nearly $14bn per annum in Texas, supporting more than 105,000 jobs. Texas’ automobile-related manufacturing output grew nearly 380% between 1997 and 2015, compared to 73% nationwide.
Timeline: Tesla's Construction of Gigafactories
Tesla's mission to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy
Founded in 2003, Tesla was established by a group of engineers with a drive to "prove that people didn’t need to compromise to drive electric – that electric vehicles can be better, quicker and more fun to drive than gasoline cars." Almost 20 years on, Tesla today is not only manufacturing all electric vehicles, but scaleable clean energy generation and storage too.
"Tesla believes the faster the world stops relying on fossil fuels and moves towards a zero-emission future, the better," says Tesla. "Electric cars, batteries, and renewable energy generation and storage already exist independently, but when combined, they become even more powerful – that’s the future we want. "
In order to deliver on its promise of "accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy through increasingly affordable electric vehicles and energy products," Tesla's Gigafactory journey began in 2014 to meet its produciton goals of 500,000 cars per year (a figure which would require the entire worlds supply of lithium-ion batteries at the time).
By ramping up its production and bringing it in-house, the cost of Tesla 's battery cells declined "through economies of scale, innovative manufacturing, reduction of waste, and the simple optimisation of locating most manufacturing processes under one roof." With this reduction in battery cost, "Tesla can make products available to more and more people, allowing us to make the biggest possible impact on transitioning the world to sustainable energy."
2014: Giga Nevada and Giga New York begin construction
Born out of necessity to meet its own supply demand for sustainable energy, Tesla began the construction of its first Gigafactory in June 2014, in Reno, Nevada, followed by its Buffalo, New York facility the same year. "By bringing cell production in-house, Tesla manufactures batteries at the volumes required to meet production goals, while creating thousands of jobs," said Tesla.
2016: Reno, Nevada grand opening
Tesla’s construction of Giga Nevada came to an end in 2016, the first of its Gigafactories to complete its construction project. The factory’s grand opening took place in July 2016, and by mid-2018 reached an annual battery production rate of 20 GWh, which made it the highest-volume battery plant in the world that year.
2017: Giga New York begins production
Two years after Tesla’s second Gigafactory began construction, Giga New York was complete, and started its production operations in 2017.
2019: Giga Shanghai construction to production in record time
In 2019, Tesla selected Shanghai as its third Gigafactory location. The company constructed the factory in record time, taking just 168 working days from gaining permits to finishing the plant's construction.
2019: Giga Berlin begins construction
Announced in November 2019, Tesla began the construction of its first European Gigafactory in Berlin. The Gigafactory is still under construction.
2020: Giga Texas begins construction
The following year in August 2020, Tesla began the construction of its Giga Texas factory. The company’s third Gigafactory in the US is still under construction.
2021: Giga Texas and Giga Berlin expected completion of construction
Looking to the future, Tesla expects to complete the construction of its Giga Texas and Giga Berlin factories in May 2021 and July 2021 respectively.