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Upcoming IRT heads to Norfolk, UK

IRT NorfolkThe next International Roundtable on Automotive Recycling (IRT) will take place in Wymondham, Norfolk, UK from 22nd to 25th May.

This three day conference in the heart of Norfolk gives an opportunity to meet with auto recyclers from all over the world, discuss issues within the industry, grow and develop your understanding and promote products to a wider audience. Created out of a partnership between membership associations around the world, delegates and guests from as far as the USA, Canada, Australia and Japan will be attending.

The 2019 IRT, co-hosted by the VRA (Vehicle Recyclers Association) and Salvage Wire, will be focussed on Quality Recycled Parts from Legitimate Businesses who have processes and operations that keep their staff, customers and businesses safe.

Guest speakers from across the world have been invited to run sessions or lead discussions on subjects relevant to the industry at present and thinking about the challenges of the future. These include reports of challenges and solutions from represented countries, safety around Hybrid and Electric vehicles, environmental challenges faced due to climate change and much more.

Andy Latham

Andy Latham, Managing Director of Salvage Wire said “I am delighted to welcome global guests and delegates to this beautiful part of Norfolk, where we can discuss the issues facing the industry, highlight the opportunities available to us, network, socialise and learn from each other.”

Based just down the road from the home of Lotus Cars, this conference will give each delegate a chance to see how these unique cars are made with a factory tour, a chance to see a working yard in the UK, and plenty of opportunities to network with each other with evening events and a barbecue.

Past events have taken place in Japan and Canada, as well as previous dates in the UK, which have led to agreements such as the Kushiro Declaration. This policy had each member agree to the sharing of information, experiences and resources with each other and those around them in order to increase environmental standards and best practice in the industry.

Confirmed speakers include*:

  • Richard Dudley, CEO Motor Traders Association of Australia
  • Chris Daglis, Partnered Solutions
  • Steve Fletcher, Managing Director, Auto Recyclers of Canada
  • Andy Latham, Managing Director, Salvage Wire
  • Minoro Goku, Japanese Auto Recyclers Association

*Note: speakers are subject to change and additional speakers will be added to the programme between now and the roundtable.

The price for all conference events, networking evening, trade show, Lotus factory tour, yard tour and barbecue is £189 per delegate. A spousal rate is also offered which includes the networking evening, Lotus factory tour, yard tour and barbecue at £100 per person.

To find out more about this upcoming event, download the IRT summary brochure and book online by clicking on the follow the link or contact Andy Latham 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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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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