Last edited 30 Dec 2021

Original equipment manufacturer

Redefining value, The manufacturing revolution, Remanufacturing, refurbishment, repair and direct reuse in the circular economy, published by the United Nations Environment Programme in 2018, suggests that original equipment manufacturer (OEM): ‘Refers to the manufacturer of the original parts or equipment, including the items manufactured, assembled and installed during construction of a new product. The OEM may or may not be responsible for marketing and/or selling of the product.’

It suggests that OEM new: 'Refers to traditional linear manufacturing production process activities that rely on 100 per
cent new material inputs, and which are performed by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM).'

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