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What to expect at CARS 2020

As part of ATF Professional’s coverage of CARS 2020, we’ve delved into the numbers behind the must-attend event for vehicle recyclers and dismantlers.


What to expect at CARS 2020

2020 marks eight years since the show’s conception at Hills Salvage in Skelmersdale near Liverpool and it has come a long way since then; welcoming 55 exhibitors, those 800 visitors experienced a dedicated industry trade show for the first time. 

But where is CARS today and what does it take to pull together? We take a look at the numbers behind Europe’s leading event for the end of life vehicle recycling industry.  

In 2020, the organisers anticipate that more than 1700 visitors will descend on Stoneleigh Park across 3rd and 4th June 2020. With more than 90 exhibitors covering more than 13,000 square metres, visitors to the show will discover a wealth of indoor and outdoor stands exhibiting the latest products and services on the market.

What to expect at CARS 2020But CARS is much more than just an exhibition, catch one of the 54 speakers over 13 plenary sessions across two conference theatres and hear practical guidance in one of 12 workshops delivered by industry and business experts.

One of CARS’s stand out features is the live demonstration area. In 2018, more than 70 individual demonstrations took place processing 42 end of life vehicles and 30 vehicle engines. All material is provided by and taken away by Derbyshire-based Ward Recycling who also provide the supporting equipment and oversee operations. Speaking ahead of the show, Donald Ward, operations director at Ward said:

 What to expect at CARS 2020“CARS & MRE is an important event to us as a metal recycling and waste management specialist. We collect, process and recycle all kinds of waste here in the UK. Our metals are processed and exported to Turkey and the Far East, as well as UK markets. We’ve continued to support the live demonstration area again this year as we feel it is important to invest in the very latest plant, machinery and equipment available to make our industry more efficient, reduce our emissions and energy use, as well as making life easier for our drivers and operators.”

2020 sees the event supported by 6 headline partners, 17 supporters and the event will also play host to more than 8 individual networking events ranging from customer success meetings, product launches and AGMs. Event organiser, Ali McQueen provided a glimpse into what we can expect at the show:

“This year’s show promises to be the biggest and best yet with more exhibitors, visitors and demonstrations than ever before. It seems like there is a lot of exciting change in the industry at the moment which will provide new opportunities for recyclers and dismantlers so the event has fallen at the perfect time. We’ll shortly be revealing the full conference programme via ATF Professional and I’m particularly looking forward to a session focussing on green parts which will take place on day one.”

For more information and to register for your FREE ticket, visit

CARS is organised by the Environment Media Group. 


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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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