After a three year absence, APRA Europe, the Association of Automotive Parts Remanufacturers in Europe, is resuming its annual symposium. The first edition of the reorganized event is scheduled for April 19 and 20, 2018, at the Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge Hotel in Budapest, Hungary.

“At a time when remanufacturing faces big challenges as well as significant opportunities, the first class speakers gathered here will give a broad overview of key aspects of remanufacturing,” APRA Europe chairman Dr. Daniel C.F. Köhler said. “The 2018 symposium thus offers participants an important insight into the future direction of remanufacturing.”

“In particular, we see dramatic changes in the aftermarket, changing product technologies and new vehicle designs which impact significantly on our industry. Together with the disruption created by connectivity, telematics and autonomous driving and other mobility issues, the industry must prepare for a new future,” Köhler said.

Covering a broad range of current issues, the agenda includes presentations by Hanno Grosseschmidt, Managing Director, of Encory, a partnership between the BMW and Alba Groups and a recent arrival in the international market for core collection management and remanufacturing. Professor Rolf Steinhilper of Bayreuth University, Germany, and Jirka Horvath of ZF Aftermarket, Czech Republic, will speak on “3D Printing – Becoming State-of-the Art in Remanufacturing” while Germany-based Dr. Johannes Graf Ballestrem of law firm Osborne Clarke will lecture on “Legal Obstacles and Challenges for Remanufacturers.”

In his presentation, the recently elected Chairman of APRA Europe, Dr. Köhler, will brief on “APRA Europe – Moving to the Next Level”, while Professor Marcello Colledani and Giacomo Copani of the Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy, plan to discuss “E-mobility – Dusk or Dawn for Remanufacturers?”

APRA Europe reports that there is still availability for remanufacturers wishing to participate in the 2018 APRA symposium which includes a factory tour of Remy International’s remanufacturing facility in Miskolc, North Eastern Hungary. In the evening of the first day, a gala dinner preceded by an industry reception will be organized at the conference hotel.

For registration and further program information, please visit www.apra.org/2018Symposium or contact Dr. Michael Haumann europe@apra.org