The Original Equipment Manufacturer or OEM is the original producer of refrigeration compressor components. This means OEM spare parts are essentially identical to those used in producing particular compressors.
OEMs that originally build a given compressor will typically sell it to other companies to rebrand and resell as spare parts. When someone buys these spare parts from a distributor, it will be able to meet the safety and quality standards of the original, genuine part.
The OEM market
The OEM market is very competitive, which is why it pays to work with a distributor that has been in the industry for a long time.
Traditionally, OEM spare parts are guaranteed by the OEM or the distributor to be compatible with refrigeration compressors. In some cases, installation of the parts may also be guaranteed.
It’s important to note that an OEM is not the same as a value-added reseller (VAR). A VAR is a company that purchases an original component and then adds to its value by incorporating features or services.
OEMs oftentimes sell their products business to business (B2B), while VARs sell to consumers (B2C) or other end users.
Why it pays to work with OEM distributors
When it comes to partnering with an OEM, a distributor can reduce associated costs. The reseller does not need to invest in manufacturing facilities or get to grips with the logistics of OEM production in-house.
A distributor can simply integrate the OEM spare parts into their own system and sell them under their brand name.
What’s more, they may provide a good return on investment. OEM spare parts extend the life of the buyer’s refrigeration compressors, maintaining top performance, saving money on genuine replacement parts and increasing the company’s financial bottom line.
If you’re looking for quality spare parts and want to go the OEM route, our beginner’s guide shares six simple and effective ways to ensure you’re getting the real deal.
Spare Exparts has a combined 30+ years of experience in the industrial refrigeration industry. We provide leading businesses across the world with OEM spare parts for Grasso, Sabroe, Howden, Mycom and Bitzer compressors of the highest quality.