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Key Conference Sessions Highlighted at CARS

Excitement is building for the headline conference sessions at CARS, which takes place on 29-30 September at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry.


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Andy Latham, Salvage Wire will run the Skills Lab sessions

With two dedicated theatres featuring content over the two days, more than 50 speakers will take to the stage, offering attendees a unique chance to stay ahead of the curve with the latest developments and updates.

The future of the automotive industry

This year’s opening headline session looks at the future of the wider automotive sector identifying trends and offering predictions for the next decade.

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Andrew Marsh

Andrew Marsh of Auto industry Consulting will tackle key questions on the future of the sector in his opening address, ‘Manufacturers of all types of vehicles scramble to avoid direct green taxation and face medium-term issues too. Who will survive? What will they make? What about ATFs?’

Approaching from a technical standpoint, Louis Piper, Professor of Electrochemical Materials at WMG will present an overview of the research opportunities and challenges for manufacturing tomorrow’s EV batteries.

Lithium-ion batteries session & skills lab

As the automotive industry moves forward and electric vehicles become increasingly common on the roads, the conference programme focuses on how to handle, process and profit from lithium-ion batteries. Day two features a session dedicated to second life uses, safe handling and storage and how to maximise the value of batteries.

The Skills Lab, designed for smaller groups and more hands-on workshops will allow visitors to get up close with high voltage vehicle technology, and learn about the risks and how to keep you, your team and your business safe as you treat end of life, high voltage vehicles. 

High voltage tools and personal protective equipment will be demonstrated as a vehicle is made safe and the high voltage battery removed.

Fire Prevention & control

Over and above vehicle batteries, lithium-ion batteries are a frequent cause of fires at waste and recycling sites. To help tackle the blight of fires on the environment and local communities, the Environment Agency, developed guidance to assist organisations in preventing the cause of fires.

Peter Buckley, senior advisor at the EA will discuss ‘the recent revisions to the EA Fire Prevention Plan Guidance 2021, the implications for industry and  how the guidance can be used to mitigate fires in the ELV and metal recycling sectors.’

The developing market for second-hand parts

The highlight of the conference programme though is a two-part session dedicated to the use of second-hand vehicle parts in repair. Featuring contributions from a variety of key stakeholders including VRA Certification, eBay, Aviva, AW repair, ABP Club and more, the session is set to provide the first opportunity for the industry to connect and share experiences since the launch of the certification scheme.

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Adam Murray

Adam Murray, Motor Technical Manager at Aviva ‘will tell the story of embedding the correct framework for compliance to assist and sell the benefits and use cases for reclaimed Parts’.

You can see the full programme and register for your FREE ticket to the show via

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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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