Haldex reducing emissions with remanufacturing process

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Haldex, a maker of air brake and suspension control systems, is planning to cut carbon dioxide emissions by more than 3,900 tons in 2006 through its remanufacturing process.

The company says the decrease will result from energy saved by recycling metal castings, rather than creating and machining new castings; this will eliminate all emissions associated with the process and help save raw materials, electricity and transportation.

Haldex operates a remanufacturing facility in Marion, N.C., where the majority of raw materials required for production come from cores. Major internal components are cleaned, checked, gauged and then replaced or machined as necessary to ensure original product life.

Nonreusable items — such as gaskets, seals and rubber products — are discarded during the cleaning process. Other items worn beyond repair, such as iron and aluminum castings, are recycled for new production.