As a precautionary measure and in order to minimise any risk of further possible spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, the Ministry of Health in agreement with the Government of Lombardy established by decree the suspension of events, initiatives or public meetings until the 1st of March.

Under the circumstances, aiming to ensure a successful event with the widest participation, Lombardy Region and Politecnico di Milano decided to postpone the Summit until a later date.

Information on the rescheduled event will be posted on this page as soon as possible.

Thanks for your understanding.


The World Remanufacturing Summits are a series of annual conferences aimed at promoting the interaction and collaboration between scientific institutions and industrial players on remanufacturing challenges and best practices.

Founded in 2012, the WRS are hosted in rotation among USA, Europe and Asia: this year, following the last edition in Rochester (New York, USA), the summit is hold in Milan for the first time ever in Italy.

  • Smart and digital remanufacturing
  • Emerging technologies and disassembly automation
  • In-line inspection and characterization
  • Zero defect remanufacturing
  • Artificial intelligence for remanufacturing
  • New business models
  • Product design for remanufacturing
  • Legislation and standards
  • Advanced logistics
  • Social implications and awareness

Don't miss the chance to be part of the global remanufacturing community!




Students 45'362
Professors 1'364
H2020 funded projects 287
Total funded euros for H2020 projects 123'799'601

Politecnico di Milano is the leading Italian technical university and is ranked n°7 worldwide for Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering (QS World University Raking).

The Manufacturing and Production System Lab is part of the Mechanical Engineering Department (POLIMI-MECC) and its main research topics are ranging from mechanical and technological characteristics of transformed materials to methodologies and tools for designing processes, planning, management and control of manufacturing and assembly systems.  


Lombardy   is one of the most industrialized areas in Europe, producing 20.6% of the national added value, the first Italian region for volumes and value of commercial exchanges with foreign markets.

Lombardy has addressed the challenges of modernization, playing a protagonist role as one of the four Motors for Europe, the network of the most advanced European regions, which includes Baden-Württemberg (Germany), Rhône- Alpes (France) and Catalunya (Spain).

The role of the Lombardy Region government authority is to guide, plan, coordinate and control the management of the territory. Its objective is to create the conditions and the context which permit people, enterprises, bodies and organizations to transform their projects and ideas into reality.


366'541 millions euros the Lombardy GDP
enterprises based in Lombardia
2026 the year of Milano Cortina Olympic Games
19 Universities


"Four Motors for Europe" is a long-lasting cooperation between the Regions of Baden-Wurttemberg (Germany), Catalonia (Spain), Lombardy (Italy) and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (France). All four regions are strong in terms of economic as well as research performance. Together the Four Motors for Europe encompass 36 million inhabitants and account for approximately 9 % of European economic output. By collaborating the four regions seek to further develop their top position as dynamic regions in Europe. The four regions wish to learn from each other and thereby to find innovative solutions for key topics of the future. The fields of today’s cooperation encompass in particular economic development, research and innovation, training and higher Education, climate and environment, transport and mobility, health, agriculture, civil society and the arts.


AFIL (Associazione Fabbrica Intelligente Lombardia) is the Lombardy Cluster for the Advanced Manufacturing. It is the outcome of a process driven by the Lombardy Region, aimed at creating a network of actors that favor the aggregation of the various regional players active in the field of Research and Innovation within the priority areas identified in the Regional Smart Specialization Strategy (S3).


The Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association  (APRA), founded in Los Angeles on 1941, has about 1'000 member companies worldwide to support remanufacturing in the automotive sector.


The Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS), located on the campus of Rochester Institute of Technology in Upstate New York, has the mission to undertake world-class education and research in sustainability and global competitiveness of the manufacturing sector.


The Remanufacturing Industries Council (RIC), based in Rochester (New York),  is a strategic alliance of businesses and academic institutions aimed at supporting the entire remanufacturing industry.


RemanWorld is the premier journalistic source of news, contacts and communications services for the worldwide remanufacturing industry.


The National Technological Cluster "Fabbrica Intelligente", namely Intelligent Factory, is a recognized association which has the scope of implementing a strategy based of research and innovation for the competitivity of Italian manufacturing. It's the only table where all the relevant Italian industry stakeholders sit together: companies, associations, regions, universities and research centres, institutions.