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‘Collaboration’ resonated at the ATF Professional Vehicle Recycling Conference

Collaboration was a word that seemed to resonate throughout the Advanced Propulsion Centre on Thursday, 9th June, as ATF Professional hosted its UK vehicle recycling conference. Speakers from the USA, Sweden and Germany joined those from the UK to highlight the many issues facing the industry at present and also how they are being tackled. 


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The conference brought together major stakeholders involved with vehicle recycling, from manufacturers to recyclers of ELVs. By having such a variety of speakers and also delegates representing the vehicle recycling community, the event provided insight and food for thought for all of those who attended. 

Jim Loughran, CEO of e2e Total Loss Vehicle Management, kicked off the first session by discussing how the benefits of using reclaimed parts could be maximised if all parties involved in the claim, including insurer, policyholder, repairer and vehicle recycler, were to collaborate. Following Jim was Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars, Owain Griffiths. He talked about where Volvo Cars was headed regarding sustainability and how Volvo Cars are keen to speak to and learn from vehicle recyclers.

After a brief break and networking period, Professor Paul Christensen from Newcastle University and Director of Lithiumionsafety Limited opened the next session with a highly impactful presentation on the dangers of lithium-ion batteries. He commented that the vehicle recycling industry is critical for the green transition and that there will be no revolution without the recycling of these batteries. 

Sonja Nehls, Principal Analyst at Autovista24, based in Germany, discussed the residual value and how new and used car prices are in turmoil, with the immediate impacts being COVID-19 and the Ukraine War. She advised recyclers not to be blinded by surging used car prices because of the current supply issues. And although it won’t go away quickly to prepare for residual value risks seen with electrification with increasing remarketing volumes, and be ready to handle these vehicles.

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Before lunch, Marty Hollingshead, the current President of the Automotive Recyclers Association and Owner of Northlake AutoRecyclers, provided delegates with his view of the vehicle recycling industry from the perspective of the US, and again, collaboration was very much emphasised in his speech. He said that although they are competitors in the US, vehicle recyclers are happy to share ideas, something he said should be adopted in the UK. Finally, he mentioned how at a recent meeting between recyclers and OEMs, a person from General Motors compared vehicle recycler’s to ‘Superheroes’, adding that they need to work together.

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The afternoon’s session included SYNETIQ’s green parts director, Sarah Hirst, who discussed the green parts market after COVID, how the market has adapted along with the needs of the customer and what is being done to ensure customers’ needs are met, and only by working together, can we continue to shift the perception of ‘used’ parts.

Many delegates were intrigued to know why a credit hire company was at this conference. Kirsty Cogent, Managing Director of Cogent Hire, answered this and discussed some of the insights the company have gained and the initiatives that have been put in place regarding green parts and EVs. She also emphasised how collaboration within the industry can effect change.

The last session of the day was provided by Howard Bluck, Technical Director at the British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA). He discussed waste classifications and the challenges in the end-of-life vehicle and metals recycling sectors. Finally, the afternoon’s session was concluded by Andrew Marsh, CEO of Ezi Methods, who discussed the lifecycle of electric vehicles, the current state of vehicle manufacturing and what part ATFs will have to play in this.

The day was full of information on the current and future trends in vehicle recycling. Within the room, there was very much a buzz about the world of vehicle recycling, and with the networking involved, it very much seemed that the message of collaboration was having an effect. 

With much positive feedback, plans are already underway for ATF Professional’s next conference and making this event the most important date in the calendar for those involved in the recycling of vehicles. 

Finally, ATF Professional would like to thank not only the speakers who took the time to present at the conference but also great thanks goes to all the sponsors who helped make such a successful event. 

Keep an eye out for more reports from the conference in the next couple of weeks.

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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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