Honouring the lifework of outstanding personalities in the Remanufacturing business, APRA Europe established the exclusive Hall of Fame in 2020.

The Hall of Fame includes only one additional member per year.

Each year, members may propose candidates with a proper reasoning. The Board of Directors will then deliberate on candidates and take a decision.

Deadlines will be communicated each year, well ahead of a respective APRA Europe event where the ceremony takes place.

See below all current members of the APRA Europe Hall of Fame


Only upon the inauguration of the APRA Europe Hall of Fame and as a tribute to their exceptional lifework for the benefit of the remanufacturing business, APRA Europe awarded three personalities at the same time. This unrepeatable event with three award winners honoured the tremendous efforts of our European remanufacturing veterans Fernand Weiland, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rolf Steinhilper and Sø​ren Toft-Jensen (from left to right on below picture).

Fernand J. Weiland

30 years in management positions with Bendix Automotive, Lucas Automotive, Magneti Marelli Automotive and TRW Automotive.

Fernand Weiland founded the APRA European Division in 1989, serving as the Division’s first Chairman for more than 20 years. Between 1990 and 2010 he organized a considerable number of APRA forums, workshops and exhibitions across Europe. A co-founder of the biennial Rematec remanufacturing exhibitions in Amsterdam, Fernand Weiland has written numerous articles for the Rematec News magazine and edited five books about automotive remanufacturing in Europe. He was also instrumental in setting up APRA’s established Asia-Pacific Division. In 2019 Fernand was honoured with the prestigious Best Reman Ambassador Award presented by Rematec Amsterdam. Fernand is currently an editor and Director of FJW Consulting.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rolf Steinhilper

Rolf Steinhilper graduated as a mechanical engineer specializing in Factory Management and Automotive Technology at the University of Stuttgart, Germany in 1978. He then worked as a Fraunhofer R&D Manager on innovation projects dealing with Manufacturing, Remanufacturing, Recycling and EcoDesign for major industrial clients in Europe, USA and Canada, Japan, China and Taiwan in the past 40 years. In 1990, Rolf belonged also to the founding members of the APRA European Division. In 2001 he was appointed full professor for Manufacturing and Remanufacturing Technology at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. Since 2006 he was also responsible for the Fraunhofer Project Group “Process innovation” there, where he started and orchestrated the European Remanufacturing Technology Center from 2001 until 2018, when he retired from his academic positions at the age of 66 years. His team consisted of more than 45 specialized scientists and engineers who gave significant innovation support to the remanufacturing industry worldwide. He has written 15 books among them a Bestseller entitled “Remanufacturing”, which has been published in seven World languages, also Japanese, Chinese, Korean. In 2016, Rolf Steinhilper won the “Remanufacturer of the year” award as the first academician among the so far industry management award winners.

Søren Toft-Jensen

Søren Toft-Jensen was self employed for over 40 years within the automotive aftermarket. He moved slowly in 1985 into circular economy (without knowing!) and developed over the following years the company Borg Automotive A/S with a team of very dedicated supporters (employees).

Søren got to know important suppliers and learned the first important steps from very friendly and supportive colleagues in the USA, exhibiting at the annual APRA Big R show in various US states.

He took part in the development of APRA Europe, for a number of years as member of the APRA Europe board chaired by Fernand Weiland.

Søren was granted the award “Remanufacturer of the year” in 2015. He sold Borg Automotive A/S to the danish conglomerate Schouw & Co in 2017.



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