The RIC-RIT World Remanufacturing Conference (WRC) returns November 7–9, 2023, in Springfield, Missouri, to show remanufacturing’s potential as a driver of a zero-carbon economy.
The push to find real, profitable strategies for decarbonizing manufacturing is at full throttle—but is the remanufacturing industry ready? WRC 2023 will provide business leaders, innovators, policymakers, and other decision-makers the opportunity to discover how “reman” can support cleaner, more sustainable production. They will learn from thought leaders working at the intersection of remanufacturing, carbon accounting, and climate policy.
Now in its sixth year, WRC remains the only industry event to focus entirely on remanufacturing, an industrial process for returning used or worn parts and products to a like-new condition.
New location offers unique tour experience
This year’s location—Springfield, Missouri—will mark a first for the event, which has been held in Rochester, New York, since its inception in 2017. The shift in venue will give attendees firsthand access to the sites of some of the foremost remanufacturers in the United States.
Springfield is at the heart of a region rich with remanufacturing. Ten companies call the region home that are either dedicated remanufacturers or have sizeable remanufacturing divisions within their operations.
Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in guided tours of the following sites, each with a unique focus:
- Deere & Company: Electronics reman facility
- SRC Logistics: Real-time core management
- CNH Engines: Reman from salvage to shipping
- BBB Industries: Turbocharger reman facility
- OTC Plaster Center for Advanced Manufacturing: Interactive reman training environment
Remanning to decarbonize
Although remanufacturing has been in practice for more than a century, many companies now see it as an enabler of circular economy, where valuable materials are kept in use for as long as possible, waste and pollution are eliminated, and natural systems are regenerated.
A remanufactured product requires as much as 98% less raw materials than a newly made one, that means far less energy is needed to extract resources and transport them. This difference cuts down on a product’s carbon emissions by 79–99%.
Remanufacturing not only keeps valuable materials in circulation longer and offsets carbon, but it can equal significant savings for manufacturers and consumers.
- When: Nov. 7–9, 2023
- Where: DoubleTree Hotel, Springfield, Missouri
- How to register: worldremanconference.com/register
What to expect
Attendees will explore the latest strategies and technologies for realizing reman’s potential as a building block for a carbon-free future. The three-day event will include thought-provoking keynotes, interactive panel discussions, and focused technical sessions, as well as in-depth guided tours of remanufacturing facilities in and around Springfield, Missouri, the heart of a region known as “Reman Country.”
Conference highlights will include:
- Measuring carbon: How carbon accounting works, what tools companies use to do it, and what that means for remanners
- Innovation through sustainability: Finding—and capitalizing on—opportunities for growth in the zero-carbon economy
- Remanning the electric vehicle: The role reman could play as part of the decarbonized and electrified auto industry
- Guided tours: A full day of in-person tours of John Deere Reman, SRC Logistics, CNH Industrial Reman, and BBB Industries
Agenda at a glance
Jack is President and CEO of SRC Holdings Corporation, a company with sales of over $600 million and over 1800 employee-owners. He is also the author of The Great Game of Business (1992), A Stake in the Outcome (2002), and Change the Game (2020).
Phil is CEO of Wild Idea Co., a regenerative buffalo meat and leather company. He was previously at Patagonia, where he ran global corporate development and Patagonia’s venture capital fund Tin Shed Ventures and resale business unit, Worn Wear.
Brian leads efforts at Cummins Inc. to integrate the firm’s technology, planning, and sustainability initiatives at the global level. He has advised the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and was a staff director for the U.S. Senate’s Subcommittee on Clean Air, Climate Change, and Nuclear Safety.
Jill is the director of sustainability at Deere & Company. She is responsible for leading the company’s sustainability strategy and execution, communicating the company’s ESG strategy and outcomes, and overseeing Deere’s sustainability reporting.
Interactive discussions, educational sessions, and expert outlooks—topics at a glance:
- industrial decarbonization—what it is and why it matters
- carbon tracking and reporting
- remanning the electric vehicle (EV)
- educating and recruiting the next generation of reman leaders
- marketing the environmental benefits of remanufacturing
- the potential of blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI) for remanadvances in robotics for the reman facility
- strategies for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in remanufacturing
- $945: Conference with tours of SRC, Deere, and CNH
- $1,035: Same as above with additional tour of BBB
The conference will be hosted by DoubleTree by Hilton in Springfield, Missouri. A special room rate of $139 will be available to attendees who book by October 8.
How to register
About the conference organizers
Remanufacturing Industries Council (RIC)
RIC is a strategic alliance of businesses and academic institutions that support the remanufacturing industry through collaboration, education, advocacy, and research.
Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
GIS is an applied research organization that enables key industrial economy stakeholders to leverage sustainability and new technology to solve complex challenges.