Online Symposium on Innovation and Automation in Remanufacturing

The Environmental Campus Birkenfeld, in cooperation with FJW Consulting, organizes a series of bimonthly online conferences on the topic of innovation and automation in remanufacturing. The next conference will take place on the 10th of March.

In industrial remanufacturing, particularly in the automotive sector, old products are very successfully collected, dismantled, inspected, cleaned, reprocessed and reassembled. At the first edition of the online conference, two presentations will present best practices and new research findings. In a subsequent panel discussion, participants will be able to raise any questions they may have about remanufacturing.


Session 4 - 10.03.2021 - 17:00

The program will include the following 3 presentations:

Additive Manufacturing and Remanufacturing – made for each other. Perspective from the University of Bayreuth
By Professor Frank Döpper, Jan Koller, Chair Manufacturing and Remanufacturing Technologyand Christian Bay, Research Centre for Additive Innovations at the University of Bayreuth

In their presentation, they will match the challenges of modern remanufacturing with potentials and opportunities of additive manufacturing. Based on this, they will discuss future solutions for a sustainable application of additive manufacturing in the context of remanufacturing.

Additive manufacturing at ZF Aftermarket - key challenges for the Remanufacturing Industry
By Jirka Horvath, Director ZF Aftermarket, Operations Europe & EMEA & Operations Remanufacturing. Apra Europe Director.

Integration of Additive Manufacturing in Borg Automotive Remanufacturing Process
By Jesper Moberg, Borg Automotive Director, Business Development

Following the presentations, to animate the discussion, invited to comment is:
Dr Rachel Waugh, Technical Consultant, European Remanufacturing Council, Brussels

Meet the People Involved

Fernand Weiland

Fernand Weiland, FJW Consulting

Fernand Jean Weiland has spent 30 years in management positions with Bendix Automotive, Lucas Automotive, Magneti Marelli Automotive and TRW Automotive.

Fernand Weiland founded the APRA ( Automotive Parts Remanufacturer Assoc.)  European Division in 1989, serving as the division’s first chairman for more than 20 years.  Between 1990 and 2010 he organised a considerable number of APRA forums, workshops and exhibitions across Europe.

A co-founder of the biennial ReMaTec remanufacturing exhibitions in Amsterdam, Fernand Weiland has written numerous articles for the ReMaTecNews magazine as well as editing five books about automotive remanufacturing in Europe. He was also instrumental in setting up APRA’s Asia-Pacific Division. Fernand was the 2019 winner of the ReMaTec Ambassador Award.

Wolfgang Gerke

Wolfgang Gerke, Trier University of Applied Sciences, Environmental Campus Birkenfeld

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Gerke is head of the Department of Robotics and Control as well as Professor at the Trier University of Applied Sciences, Environmental Campus Birkenfeld and 'Assistant Professeur Associe' at the University of Luxembourg. He also teaches at the AKAD University.  He is an expert in robotics and control and studied mechanical engineering at the University of Duisburg. He worked there for 5 years as a research assistant in the department of measurement and control engineering, where he acquired various research projects. In his doctoral thesis he developed methods for collision avoidance control of industrial robots. Before becoming a professor, he worked for more than 12 years in various companies such as Thyssen Engineering, ThyssenKrupp Encoke and Robert Bosch GmbH.  In the context of EU funded research projects he worked as a project manager at Roboter Bosch GmbH in the development department of robot controls. In industrial projects he developed sensor-guided robot controls with computer vision.  As head of the department for technical informatics at ThyssenKrupp Encoke, he developed information technology solutions for large industrial plants, such as the final assembly line for the Airbus 320/321. He gave numerous presentations at international conferences and published articles in many trade journals. He has written textbooks on assistance robots and electrical machines and actuators, and works as a reviewer for various research projects and papers. In 1997 he became professor at the University of Applied Sciences Trier, Environmental Campus Birkenfeld, where he established the department of robotics and control.

Matthias Vette-Steinkamp

Matthias Vette-Steinkamp, Trier University of Applied Sciences, Environmental Campus Birkenfeld

Matthias is currently setting up a working group for remanufacturing system technologies at Trier University of Applied Sciences, Environmental-Campus Birkenfeld. From March 2012 to February 2020, he was head of department at ZeMA - Center for Mechatronics and Automation Technology in Saarbrücken. At the same time, he is a lecturer for industrial robotics and human-technology interaction and head of the international research cluster Robotix-Academy. His research focuses on the automotive and aerospace industry as well as agile production.

His research interests focus on the application of robotics and automation in industrial production. In this context, he leads and contributes to a broad portfolio of innovation and technology transfer projects aiming at the introduction of robotics technologies in the production sector according to the Industry 4.0.

Frank Döpper

Frank Döpper,University of Bayreuth

Frank Döpper is director of the research center “Campus Additive.Innovationen” at the University of Bayreuth UBT. Additive innovations are a focus topic at his Chair Manufacturing & Remanufacturing Technology and the Fraunhofer Project Group Process Innovation, which he heads. He worked for several international engineering companies in managerial positions before joining UBT.

Jan Koller

Jan Koller,University of Bayreuth

Jan Koller is a group leader at the Chair Manufacturing and Remanufacturing Technology at the University of Bayreuth, as well as a research assistant at the Fraunhofer Project Group Process Innovation. In his work, he focuses on the topic of circular economy with special emphasis on remanufacturing. In national and international research and industrial projects, he addresses the challenges of remanufacturing and develops efficient, innovative and sustainable solutions.

Christian Bay

Christian Bay, University of Bayreuth

Christian Bay is Managing Director of the Research Center for additive Innovations at the University of Bayreuth. This Center focusses on interdisciplinary basic and applied research in the areas of Applications & Design, Processes & Materials, Digitalization & Business Models and Legal Issues & Sustainability. The last years, he has accompanied several research and development projects with industrial partners for developing solutions of using Additive Manufacturing for prototyping, serial production as well as spare part production. In his role he is also covering analyzing and evaluating approaches for revolutionize Remanufacturing by applying Additive Manufacturing.


Jirka Horvath

Jirka Horvath, ZF Aftermarket

Jirka Horvath has spent nearly 20 years in different roles in ZF Aftermarket, TRW Aftermarket before acquisition. Jirka is actively supporting the industry as Director in APRA Europe. He started in finance and through several management positions including plant management now responsible as ZF Aftermarket Director for Operations EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) consisting of several spare parts distribution centers across whole region. In his role he is also covering Operations Remanufacturing – factories in Frydlant CZ and Wrexham UK. In ZF, remanufacturing has strong pedigree and is covering purely mechanical parts through mechatronics up to electronics remanufacturing. ZF has remanufactured in 2019 almost 1,5 million automotive parts (clutches, gearboxes, brakes, steering etc.) and saved more than 50.000 tons on CO2 emission by reusing its key components. This is an equivalent of 300 million km driven by an average passenger car! This is Jirka’s passion. His free time he spends with family and sport activities.


Jesper Møberg

Jesper Møberg, Borg Automotive

Jesper Møberg has spent nearly 10 years in different roles in Borg Automotive. Jesper is actively supporting the industry as Director in APRA Europe. He started in finance as CFO for Borg Automotive back in 2000 to 2009. After 10 years away from the company he last year joined the company in a role as Business Development Director. In this role he will focus on M&A activities and the development of the product portfolie on new products. Borg Automotive are one of Europe's largest, most skilled and most experienced companies in the automotive parts remanufacturing industry. His free time he spends with family and sport activities.

Rachel Waugh

Rachel Waugh, European Remanufacturing Council

Rachel Waugh has been working on remanufacturing for nearly 8 years as part of her role as Senior Consultant at Oakdene Hollins, a Circular Economy consultancy based in Buckinghamshire, UK.  She joined Oakdene Hollins after completing her PhD in Engineering at the University of Cambridge as part of the WellMet2050 project, which aimed to explore all credible means for reducing the global CO2 emissions of the steel and aluminium industries and was her introduction to remanufacturing.  She has been involved in a broad range of remanufacturing projects, including remanufacturing markets studies for Malaysia, Scotland, Canada and Europe.  In 2014, she co-ordinated the successful Horizon2020 bid to run the European Remanufacturing Network, out of which the European Remanufacturing Council was established in 2017.  She is married to a real life rocket scientist and her free time is currently spent homeschooling her two young children! 


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