Re-use

Recycling of materials and remanufacturing of spare parts is a growing part of the Volvo Group’s activities. It minimizes the need for raw materials and limits the depletion of the earth’s mineral resources.

Remanufacturing

Remanufacturing engines and spare parts is a growing industry trend and a growing part of the Group’s activities. In 2013, total Volvo Group sales of remanufactured components increased by 2 percent, compared with the previous year and by 25 percent, compared to three years ago.

Remanufacturing minimizes the need for raw materials and limits the depletion of the earth’s mineral resources

Remanufactured components are offered to Volvo Group customers worldwide. Engines, gearboxes, filters and rear axle transmissions can all be renovated to the same condition as new parts and our range continues to increase. Customers benefit from the same quality and a full warranty, delivered at a considerably lower price.

Environmentally, remanufacturing minimizes the need for raw materials. It also significantly reduces energy consumption and emissions. For example, a remanufactured engine saves up to 80 percent of the energy needed to build a new engine and dramatically cuts the emissions of nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide.

Seven remanufacturing centers worldwide handle used components from the Group's whole range of products. The Group has more than 50 years' experience in this area.

Giving a second life to used engines and components is the mission of the Volvo Group’s remanufacturing centers. The Group has more than 50 years’ experience and seven centers worldwide, handling used components from the Group’s whole range of products. The first center opened in 1960 in Flen, Sweden. Other centers are located in France, Japan, Brazil and the US, with the newest one opening in Shanghai, China, at the end of 2013.

China Remanufacturing Center

The Volvo Group continues to demonstrate its commitment to the China market by opening its first remanufacturing center in Shanghai. The initial investment in the center is up to RMB100 M over next three to four years.

The center provides chinese customers of Volvo Construction Equipment, Volvo Trucks, Volvo Buses and Volvo Penta with certified remanufactured components that meet the same quality standards as new parts, but at a considerably lower price.

This not only shares value with our customers, it also advances the practice of remanufacturing in China in general.

Recycling

A truck produced by the Volvo Group is largely recyclable, since almost 85 percent of its weight consists of metal – mostly iron, steel and aluminum. The additional materials are mainly plastic, rubber and material from electronics components.

The Volvo Group has manuals and other tools to assist disassembly workers extract the most from used vehicles.

The total weight of a truck, such as a Volvo FH tractor, is approximately 7,000 kg. Today, approximately one third (30 percent) of a Volvo Group truck is produced from recycled material. Despite the high recyclability of our products, virgin material is still needed to ensure quality and solidity.