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China starts pilot auto parts recovery program

Archiv – China has launched a pilot program to recover and reuse discarded auto parts. The country is looking to boost the amount of auto parts that are reprocessed as well as spur innovation in recovering and rebuilding parts.
So far three automakers and 11 auto parts manufacturers in the country have gotten on board with the recycling effort, signing letters of commitment to the program, according to China state news agency Xinhua.
China| China has launched a pilot program to recover and reuse discarded auto parts. The country is looking to boost the amount of auto parts that are reprocessed as well as spur innovation in recovering and rebuilding parts.
So far three automakers and 11 auto parts manufacturers in the country have gotten on board with the recycling effort, signing letters of commitment to the program, according to China state news agency Xinhua. The recycling effort will initially focus on only a few products, including engines, transmissions and electrical generators. Estimates put the cost of recycled parts at about 60% the cost of new ones, China Central Television reports.
Xie Zhenhua, Deputy Head of the nation’s top economic planner, said at the program’s opening ceremony that China annually scrapped more than three million motor vehicles and that to make good use of renewable resources in the scrapped vehicles was a major task for the country’s auto industry in order to achieve sustainable development.
According to Dong Yang, an expert on auto parts recovery with the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, China produced 8.88 million motor vehicles in 2007 and is expected to trash 4 million vehicles a year starting in 2010. By 2010, the market for auto parts throughout the country is expected to grow to 65 billion yuan (US$9.2 billion), 3.8 billion yuan (US$538 million) of which consists of recovered parts, which currently are only valued at 700 million yuan (US$99 million).

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