The following was written for RT Media by Christian Pepper, LD Products
When RT Media asked me to write the argument for this article I had some soul searching to do. I have spent over 15 years of my career working for businesses involved in remanufacturing cartridges (remans). It is only in the last year as I joined LD Products that I began to immerse myself in the other Aftermarket methodology of new-build compatibles.
How New-builds Compare Against Remans:
In a typical remanufactured cartridge, the collection and processing of empty cartridges accounts for 30-50 percent of the cost envelope. By comparison, after the plant and machinery necessary to mold new plastic shells has been capitalized, the cost of a new cartridge shell is less than 5 percent. As most of the global A4 printing volume is undertaken in segments like small office / home users, print is a commodity and the basic economic law of commodities is “lowest cost wins.”