Renault unveils Used Parts Factory

In News2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineSeptember 2, 2022

Renault has announced the creation of its Used Parts Factory, an industrial site devoted entirely to recycling trucks and reusing the parts and raw materials recovered from them.

To reduce natural resource usage and its trucks’ environmental impact, Renault Trucks is taking steps to transition its industrial operations to a circular-economy approach.

Over the past five years, Renault Trucks has invested in the circular economy, applying a three-pronged approach that consists in regenerating, repurposing and recycling used trucks.

Renault Trucks is conducting numerous initiatives to extend the lifetime of the vehicles it sells. For example, used trucks are remanufactured according to strict industrial processes at the Used Trucks Factory, vehicles are updated with the latest technologies in the reconditioning centre in Lyon, and there are also used special-series models for sale.

Renault Trucks, which has announced its plans to recycle end-of-life trucks and reuse their spare parts, is opening a dedicated plant in the heart of its manufacturing facility in Lyon-Vénissieux.

The 3,000m2 plant will open at the manufacturing facility in Lyon-Vénissieux, and will handle used Renault Trucks vehicles with high mileages, along with some parts that still have substantial potential for reuse..

End-of-life Renault Trucks will enter the Used Parts Factory to be dismantled. Operators will remove the components previously identified as suitable for reuse, such as the engine, gearbox, cabin, fuel tank, bumpers, and deflectors.

Once the parts intended for reuse have been removed, the other components will be recycled. The rails, for example, will be cut up then sent to the nearby foundry. The metal extracted from the parts will be used to manufacture a new vehicle.

The components intended for re-use will then be checked, cleaned and labelled for listing and traceability purposes. These used spare parts will then be sent to the nearby Renault Trucks spare parts store, just like new spare parts.