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Ecotrade Group – Investing for success in CAT recycling

Platinum Group Metals fulfil an essential role in the functioning of catalytic converters by acting as catalysts in the conversion of noxious vehicle emissions into harmless components. With increasingly tight legislation around the world, demand for these metals has risen enormously and the recovery and recycling of PGMs from scrap catalytic converters are playing a significant role in meeting this demand.


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Ecotrade Group was established in 2006 and has since become an industry leader in tech-based and environmentally conscious catalytic converter recycling. Our success has been based on two principles –  investment in state-of-the-art technology and a commitment to complete transparency in all our dealings.

With recycling facilities in key locations such as Thailand and Malaysia, Ecotrade has acquired a great deal of expertise in the recycling industry and earned a solid reputation for integrity, professionalism and honesty. Now the company is the largest purchaser of catalytic converters in the region where we have formulated a very successful strategy of proactively building strong, long-term trading partnerships that combine our expertise and experience in the recycling market with the local knowledge and personal contacts of our business associates.

Ecotrade offers a complete range of services embracing processing and sampling of all catalyst material. The company has invested heavily in laboratory services and its precise, accurate sampling methods are fully approved by the industry’s leading authorities. For every stage of a transaction, from preparing a firm and tailor-made offer through to the trading of the recovered materials, we have all the expertise in-house, including a collection service from clients’ locations, wherever they may be in the world.

To assist our wide network of sellers and buyers, we have created one of the most comprehensive online catalytic converter catalogues featuring over 20,000 makes and models, with prices updated daily, reflecting the real-time market prices of platinum, palladium and rhodium.

Three years ago, we successfully launched the “Eco Cat App” that facilitates quick and easy scrap converter appraisals and provides sellers with the knowledge needed to ensure they are getting a fair deal from converter buyers. Updated three times every day using the latest precious metal market prices, it has become the most used app in the industry worldwide with many contributors and partner companies involved in the project.

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Catalytic converters exist to reduce the number of harmful emissions from gasoline engines and have become the mainstay of environmental protection in the motor industry, providing the means for motorists to drive in an environmentally responsible manner. At the same time, the mining of the three rare PGMs is becoming increasingly difficult, detrimental to the environment and a drain on the planet’s natural resources. The investment that Ecotrade has made in modern technology as well as an efficient logistics and administration operations, allows the company to extract the best possible return of PGMs, ensuring both optimum profitability for our customers and a valuable contribution to a sustainable planet. We believe that our professional, technology-driven approach offers the best means to develop the market, with commercial and environmental benefits for all parties.

To find out more about Ecotrade Group, visit 

Alternatively, visit Ecotrade Group at CARS 2021 at stand D4.

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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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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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