MEMA, MERA members testify at ITC hearing

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Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association President and CEO Robert McKenna and Undercar Express Managing Director Rob Wright on Tuesday, Feb. 28, testified on behalf of the Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association before a U.S. International Trade Commission hearing on the remanufacturing industry.

The hearing served as a supplement to the ITC study of the U.S. remanufacturing industry, “Remanufactured Goods: An Overview of the U.S. and Global Industries, Markets and Trade,” to further evaluate U.S. remanufactured goods industries and markets, U.S. global trade in remanufactured goods, and factors affecting trends in remanufactured goods trade.

McKenna’s testimony focused on the role remanufacturing plays in the motor vehicle parts industry and the U.S. economy, as well as its sustainability benefits.

“The economic, environmental and employment benefits offered by remanufacturing can be significantly increased given a wider and more thorough understanding of the industry,” McKenna says. “The ITC study will provide state and federal policymakers with a greater understanding of the industry, thereby helping to provide guidance on what issues need to be addressed to promote remanufacturing.”

Wright provided background on the challenges and opportunities facing Undercar Express – a full-line brake remanufacturer in Cleveland – and offered his technical expertise to the panel. “Even though remanufacturers provide quality products at a competitive and often times lower price, not all consumers readily reach for a remanufactured part,” Wright told the ITC panelists.

Brian Lewallen, operations director of Detroit Remanufacturing, also testified during the ITC hearing on the importance of continued elimination of trade barriers to remanufactured goods.