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VRA AGM 2018 at CARS expo

VRAThe previous AGM concerned the name and logo change of the Association to the Vehicle Recyclers’ Association (VRA) as an ongoing modernisation programme to enable the association to meet the demands of today’s industry.


Within this AGM some items covered was the launch of the VRA with the production of the Association Calendar for 2018 and how after many years, previous editor of the MVDA magazine, Chris Floate retired in October 2018 and the first edition of the new VRA magazine was published in March 2018. 

Other items on the agenda included news regarding Committee Members: In November 2017, Richard Martin of Motorhog stood down as a Committee Member following the acquisition of FAB recycling by Motorhog. This position was filled by Paul French of Salvo group. And Andy Latham, committee member has been appointed by ARA as Chairman of the ARA Technical Advisory Committee. 

Also on the agenda, the topic of illegal operators was discussed. It was stated that approximately 1100 suspected illegals have over the past two to three years been reported to the relevant authorities by the Association. Duncan Wemyss, Chairman of the VRA said ‘Sadly-to-date very little has been acted upon, but we will continue with this uphill battle and hope we energise some action. We will not give up.”

During the reporting period, responses to consultation documents including: HMRC – on the hidden economy, EU – on the Batteries Directive, EU – on the international waste shipments, EA – on a review of their fees and charges and DEFRA – on waste crime were made on behalf of the membership. The VRA will continue to liaise and have dialogue with all government departments and organisations within the industry.

The VRA will also continue its membership of European Group of Automotive Recycling Association (EGARA).

Finally, thanks were given to committee members and all concerned for their hard work throughout this last period.

If you would like to find out more about the VRA, visit their website at 

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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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