The Stellantis group has just launched its site dedicated to the circular economy. The group will thus accelerate the reconditioning of cars and the reuse of spare parts.
For car manufacturers, the ecological car is no longer just a question of electrified engines. It is also a recyclable and recycled car. The Stellantis group has just inaugurated a “hub” dedicated to the circular economy. It also makes it an important element in its objective of being a carbon neutral company in 2038.
The main objectives of this site are to extend the life of vehicles and spare parts. And when this is no longer possible, the materials are collected for reuse. Stellantis summarizes its strategy with four axes, all linked to each other.
First, the “remanufacture” part. Used, damaged or defective parts are dismantled, cleaned and repaired. This could be motors or batteries of electric models. The idea is to then offer these parts for sale, less expensively. The site will process more than 50,000 remanufactured spare parts by 2025, reaching 150,000 parts by 2030.
With the sorting center part, around 2.5 million used parts, or “carcasses”, will be used to supply the recycling and remanufacturing activities of the factory by 2025, with the aim of reaching 8 million. units by 2030.
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There is then a vehicle reconditioning activity. These are refurbished, aesthetically and mechanically using new, remanufactured or reused spare parts, before being sent to the Stellantis sales network.
Finally, for vehicles at the end of their life, there is deconstruction. The Hub will thus take care of dismantling models at the end of their life, which will be useful for supplying parts and materials.
For this hub, Stellantis invested 40 million euros. It occupies an area of 73,000 m², including 55,000 m² recovered through the repurposing of a partially unused facility. Moreover, even the reconstruction was placed under the sign of the circular economy. During the transformation, 5,000 tons of metal from obsolete equipment were recycled. Equipment and machines from the old facility were reassigned to other sites.
For the group, the circular economy is an opportunity to maintain jobs. The hub accommodates 170 people, this should increase to 550 in 2025. Above all, it is a new type of business. This activity is expected to generate more than 2 billion euros in turnover in 2030.
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