Americans Need Reliable Working Appliances, but Supply Chains Remain Disrupted; Remanufacturing is the Answer

Tom Healy, President & CEO, CoreCentric Solutions

Repairs using a remanufactured part can extend the life of an appliance, because the remanufactured part has been restored to its original specifications. The result often is better in quality, reliability and robustness than the original part.

As supply chains of all types continue to be disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the ability to procure new refrigerators, freezers and other household appliances may not return any time soon. Concurrently, cooking and eating at home will continue to be the primary way Americans consume food through at least the first half of 2021, creating a high level of need for reliable kitchen appliances. A solution to this dichotomy can be found through remanufacturing that can be used to extend the life of an appliance and make it “like new” again, according to Tom Healy, president and CEO of CoreCentric Solutions.

“Today’s appliances rely heavily on technology that requires control boards and other components that are manufactured overseas,” Healy explained. “The supply chain for control boards and their associated components, specifically, was disrupted by closed factories early in the pandemic, and that disruption continues even now that manufacturing has restarted. Also, consumer electronics and automotive manufacturers are ahead of appliances for receipt of control boards and their associated components, so we are likely to experience appliance shortages through at least the first half of 2021.”

As Healy noted, a working appliance can mean a huge difference to a family’s ability to stick to a budget.

“Many families today may not have the means to buy a new appliance, even if they could find one. Repairs using a remanufactured part can extend the life of an appliance because the remanufactured part has been restored to its original specifications. The result often is better in quality, reliability and robustness than the original part,” he said. “We have 200 highly trained essential employees who have worked throughout the pandemic to keep these vital parts and components in circulation. When CoreCentric employees remanufacture a part, they disassemble it, clean it and replace failed components. Their expertise extends to the ability to predict when other components may fail and proactively replace those.”

CoreCentric works directly with manufacturers, appliance parts wholesalers, appliance service technicians and DIY consumers through corecentricdirect.com, partsimple.com and servicerparts.com.

Remanufacturing also supports sustainability by creating a supply chain for aging parts and manages obsolescence by extending the life of existing appliances. CoreCentric normally remanufactures more than 200,000 electrical and mechanical appliance parts and has more than 50,000 finished goods available for immediate, same-day shipping. In 2020 those numbers were up by significantly, according to Healy.

About CoreCentric Solutions
Headquartered in Carol Stream, just outside of Chicago, Illinois, CoreCentric Solutions (CoreCentric) is a privately held global company that is in the business of recovering, repairing, remanufacturing and selling back to the market, appliances, appliance parts and consumer goods. Since 1995, CoreCentric has been a leader in the repair, remanufacture and product returns industry. We provide inventive, custom remanufacturing solutions to the world’s largest OEMs – as well as exceptional service to appliance parts wholesalers, appliance service technicians and DIY consumers. CoreCentric opened a Global Engineering Center is 2010 in Pune, India, to provide R&D and engineering services that constitute an integral part in supporting the remanufacturing work undertaken in Carol Stream.

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