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CARS & MRE Rescheduled for 18-19 November 2020

The Complete Auto Recycling Show (CARS) and Metals Recycling Event (MRE) has been postponed due to the widespread COVID-19 outbreak. 


CARS reschedule

The event, which was originally planned for 03-04 June 2020, will now take place on 18-19 November 2020 at Stoneleigh Park, West Midlands.

Event organiser, Ali McQueen said:

“The health and safety of our visitors, exhibitors and the wider community is our number one priority and it would not be fair to run the show in June as planned. With experts now predicting the height of the pandemic in June, we have made the difficult decision to reschedule for later in the year. We are hopeful that the situation improves over the next couple of months and look forward to running a successful event in November. We’d like to thank everyone involved for their support and wish them well throughout this challenging time.”

Chas Ambrose, secretary of the Vehicle Recyclers Association said: 

“Naturally we’re all disappointed that CARS 2020 is not going ahead in June, but it’s completely understandable in the current situation. Our priorities, like all other responsible citizens, are to help slow the spread of the virus, safeguard the vulnerable & when restrictions are eased to ensure that we do not see a sudden spike in infections. I know that the organisers have kept this uppermost in their mind & have been preparing contingency plans. Postponing the event is in the best interests of all, but we look forward to seeing everyone, members – friends – colleagues, happy & healthy in the near future.”



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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. 

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