Essential information for end of life vehicle dismantling, depollution and recycling

green parts secialists

OHRA – Three old cars on top of each other – but safely!

Instead of simply stacking them on the floor, the car recycler Legalny Autozłom now stores end-of-life vehicles in robust cantilever racks from OHRA: The European market leader for cantilever racking offers robust cantilever racking for vehicles and vehicle parts, especially for recycling companies and towing services.


OHRA - Three old cars on top of each other - but safely! f

At Legalny Autozłom, there is now room for twice as many vehicles in the same space as with the previous floor storage. In addition, the storage system now allows direct access to individual vehicles and creates more order in the storage area overall.

The car recycler Legalny Autozłom no longer simply stores end-of-life vehicles stacked on the floor, but in robust cantilever racks from OHRA. This means that the company can now store twice as many vehicles in the same space. Thanks to the high load-bearing capacity of the racks made of hot-rolled steel profiles, the vehicles, each of which may weigh over 2 tonnes, are now stored on three levels. In addition, the storage system now allows direct access to individual vehicles and creates more order in the storage area overall.

Higher storage capacities required

Until now, Legalny Autozłom stored the end-of-life vehicles on the floor of the 3,000-square-metre outdoor area, two stacked on top of each other. But the storage capacities were exhausted with this storage method. In addition, until now, the cars had to be relocated to get to a desired vehicle. This cost time and repeatedly led to damage to the cars that were still to be recycled.

More cars per square metre

Legalny Autozłom, therefore, decided to use cantilever racking from OHRA. The European market leader for cantilever racking has developed and optimised a robust cantilever racking system for vehicles and vehicle parts, especially for recycling companies and towing services. Robust hot-rolled steel profiles for the load-bearing elements of the cantilever racks enable safe storage of several cars on top of each other. The high quality of the rack uprights and cantilever arms also guarantees a durable and economical solution.

13 Racks Instead of Floor Storage

OHRA installed a total of thirteen almost four-metre-high racks, each with three storage levels, on the outside of the car recycler’s premises. The cantilever arms are hooked in and thus very easily height-adjustable for different vehicles. Each of the 1,800mm long cantilever arms can be loaded with up to 1,233 kilograms. The racks comply with the requirements for safe and environmentally friendly storage of the European directives on the recycling and treatment of end-of-life vehicles. Thus, obtaining the building permit – required in Poland – for the OHRA racking system was no problem.

50 per cent more cars in the same space

Thanks to the new racking system, Legalny Autozłom can now not only store twice as many vehicles in the same space, but the handling effort is also lower, and the feeding to the recycling process is thus significantly more economical. In addition, the new racking is also an asset in terms of occupational safety.

About Legalny Autozłom:

The headquarters of Legalny Autozłom Sp. z o.o., founded in 2014, is in Zory near Katowice. The car recycler takes all types of vehicles for scrap and recycles them professionally. As part of Road Assistance, Legalny Autozłom also acts as a towing service, and the company also provides national and international transport services.

About OHRA:

OHRA has been a European market leader in heavy-load storage technology for over 40 years. A specialist in the storage for particularly long, heavy and unwieldy goods, the OHRA cantilever and pallet racks have proven themselves on the storage technology market. They are characterised by a particularly high load-bearing capacity, robustness and durability. The portfolio ranges from simple racking solutions, through complete racking halls, to complex, fully automated storage and order picking systems for all sizes of company and diverse sectors. All OHRA products are produced at the company’s own factory in Kerpen (Germany). Today, OHRA is represented by its own sales offices in 14 European countries, and in 14 other countries by its trading partners.


More News

ATF Professional is produced by ARW- Group LTD, which is registered in England and Wales with Company Number 14914439

The views and opinions expressed on ATF Professional are solely those of the original authors and other contributors. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of the editor, publisher or staff of ATF Professional.


01432 355099

© All rights reserved

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.

e2e awards logo

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. 

New Client Special Offer

20% Off

Aenean leo ligulaconsequat vitae, eleifend acer neque sed ipsum. Nam quam nunc, blandit vel, tempus.