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Silverlake invests in its people

Investment in training and development is central to Silverlake Automotive Recycling’s [Silverlake] business and people strategy. Strengthening operations in transport and logistics, three team members have undertaken extended driver training and passed the DVSA test to become C+E licenced drivers. Reinforcing quality assurance in recycled, green parts, seven team members from dismantling, parts preparation and imaging have completed and passed the newly launched VRA Parts Grading course.


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Silverlake team L-R Terry Mellish, James Brown, Ashley Way, Brett Williams, Stephen Taylor, Elliot Winter, Jamie Hunt, Michael Bennet, John Shelsher celebrate training successes

Silverlake’s 25 recovery trucks are out on the roads every day, collecting vehicles bought by the company via its consumer-focused ‘Scrap My Car’ scheme. Growth in demand for recycled, green parts is driving an increase in the number of vehicles bought by the business for self-service or full service dismantling for parts. Progress in removing lockdown restrictions means more traffic is back on the roads and Silverlake anticipates a steady increase in the number of total loss vehicles collected on behalf of insurer and fleet clients via its membership of the e2e Total Loss Vehicle Management network. With 75% of its drivers now holding C+E licences, Silverlake has increased capacity to service clients by using the spec lifts fitted on all its recovery trucks to tow an additional vehicle. The C+E licence permits the holder to drive a truck over 7.5 tonnes and tow a trailer over 750kg.

Quality assurance is vital to the recycled green part process. A recycled green part has already been used on its donor vehicle and is therefore subject to a degree of wear and tear. The challenge for the industry is categorising that in order to give the buyer confidence. The VRA has set out a methodology for automotive recyclers to accurately and consistently grade vehicle parts on their quality in order to: manage customer expectations, fulfil contractual obligations and comply with consumer law. Silverlake is committed to delivering an exceptional customer experience across every area of the business. Demand for its recycled green parts is growing rapidly and the opportunity to reinforce its related quality assurance processes with the VRA Parts Grading course and build even greater buyer confidence is timely.  

Steve Diaper, Operations Manager comments:

“Vehicle volumes are critical to provide the business with a sustainable supply of recycled green parts. Investing in our transport team allows us to use our assets to maximum effect and supports our business growth plans. A truck that can be officially used to collect eight cars rather than seven, because the driver holds the appropriate licence, also helps to reduce C02 emissions. We know that building buyer confidence in recycled green parts comes from ensuring consistency in their quality. The accurate grading of parts is integral to our quality assurance processes so we were delighted to take advantage of the VRA expertise and new training package. We see this training for our dismantlers as a natural extension to our VRA accreditation to the UK Standard for Reclaimed Parts which we received as a business last year. I’m thrilled that ten of our people have acquired news skills and certifications that support their career development, which in turn supports Silverlake in delivering a business efficient, premium quality service to our customers.”


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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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e2e Total Loss Vehicle Management [e2e] is the UK’s only salvage and automotive recycling network with nationwide, environmentally compliant sites delivering performance resilience and service reliability to the insurance and fleet markets.  The network’s online salvage auction drives strong salvage resale values and faster sales.  e2e’s salvage clients have access to the network’s stocks of over 5 million quality graded, warranty assured reclaimed parts. 

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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