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IARC 2022 – Calling the international automotive recycling community!

IARC 2022 – Latest news from Basel: first-ever plant tour to the Thommen Group recycling plant; new workshop on safety in handling high-voltage automotive batteries; exhibition hall almost full. 


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Top automotive recycling industry executives and experts will meet in Basel from July 5-7 to address the burning issues the automotive recycling industry is facing now, such as type approval, ELV Regulation, decarbonisation of steel, use of recycled plastics. 

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Thommen Recycling Plant – Source: Thommen AG, Kaiseraugst

The exclusive plant tour will take place to the Thommen recycling plant in Kaiseraugst, Switzerland, located 20 km away from Basel. The Thommen Group, founded in 1936, has 25 locations in Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Italy and China and has developed into one of the leading recycling companies in Switzerland. A limited number of delegates will get the first-ever opportunity to visit their ferrous and non-ferrous materials scrap yard, shredder plant and shear plant.  

Delegates can also attend the new informative, practical and actionable workshop on solutions and tips for more safety in handling high-voltage automotive batteries. Handling high voltage lithium automotive batteries sometimes presents unknown risks and challenges. The workshop will give delegates the know-how to handle a  battery in any situation and how to handle it safely. They will learn about the regulations and good governance for storage and transport; how to develop further precautions and measures for more safety and preparation for the worst case. For safe handling, from the manufacturing of the battery to its disposal.  

The IARC 2022 exhibition hall is almost fully booked with international materials suppliers and equipment manufacturers to the automotive industry. 

Sign up now for the 21st International Automotive Recycling Congress (virtual package also available). More information about the program is on the IARC website.

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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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