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What to expect at CARS

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As we approach the Complete Auto Recycling Show & Metals Recycling Event, we take a closer look at what’s in store for visitors ahead of the 2018 show. And, with a record number of exhibitors, visitors and speakers in attendance, CARS & MRE 2018 is jam packed with activities and things to do across the two days.

This month, we focus on the 2018 conference and seminar programme.


Headlining the CARS theatre on the opening day of the show will be Artemis Hatzi-Hull, Director General for end of life vehicles and batteries at the European Commission. Artemis will look at the future of the vehicle dismantling industry within Europe, while assessing the existing challenges and planned actions for the change of the ELV directive. 

Artemis will be joined by Janet Kes, of Dutch dismantler, ARN Europe who will discuss the European Market and Chad Counselman, from US operator, Counselman Autos offering a stateside perspective.

Speaking in the MRE theatre will be the London Metal Exchange, who, with 140 years in the industry, will discuss the current activities of the LME. As the world centre for metals trading, they are uniquely positioned to offer their insight and market observances.

The international theme is supported by the Department for International Trade who will present the services and materials available to support UK metals exporters.

The Government’s 2040 ban on new diesel and petrol cars presents a new wave of challenges and opportunities for the ELV dismantling and recycling sector. The opening session will assess the new types of materials, technologies and parts that will be used in the makeup of cars in the near future.

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles will provide an overview of the latest low emission options and show us the practical path to LEVs, providing visitors with a picture of what the car market could look like in ten years.

Dr Stafford Lloyd from Riversimple, will look at Hydrogen vehicles and the future of sustainable mobility. Their pioneering two seater vehicle, the RASA, is one of the leading lights of the commercial hydrogen vehicle market.


In addition to conference sessions, visitors can attend small workshops in The Skills Lab, hosted by dismantling experts Salvage Wire. These short seminars are designed to spread awareness of best practice in relation to some of the more hazardous and difficult to dismantle items. Sessions include; safe removal and storage of batteries, advanced parts and structures, latest vehicle technology and hybrid and electric vehicles.


Something brand new for 2018, and a must attend for all company directors, is the Business Doctors Surgery. Join one of the pre-arranged sessions or book a one on one to hear advice and guidance from experts in SME growth.

The Business Doctors specialise in hands on support for small and medium sized businesses and their insights and anecdotes are guaranteed to give attendees food for thought. Sessions include ‘Value Builder’ & ‘Breaking Big’ – perfect for those looking to build the value and grow their business.

You can view the full programmes via the website on 


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Owain Griffiths

Owain Griffiths

Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

Turning into a circular business and the importance of vehicle reuse and recycling.

The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.

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The power of the network model means e2e has the ability to influence industry standards and is committed to continually raising the bar whilst redefining the role and perceived value of the salvage operator.  Network members adhere to robust service level agreements, against which they are audited, in order to ensure performance consistency and a market leading customer experience.  

The salvage and recycling operating environment is evolving rapidly, and e2e is anticipating, listening and responding to changing market needs.  Regulatory compliance, ESG, reclaimed parts, customer experience, EVs, new vehicle technologies, data and reputation risk are just some of many considerations linked to the procurement of salvage services.  e2e will drive further added value to clients and members through the adoption and application of emerging technologies, continuing to differentiate its proposition and position salvage services as a professional partnership. 

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