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Why you can’t afford to miss CARS & MRE 2023 returning May 24-25

The Complete Auto Recycling Show (CARS) and Metals Recycling Event (MRE) is back for its 2023 edition, taking place on May 24-25 at the NAEC, Stoneleigh Park, Coventry. The event promises to be bigger and better than ever before, with industry experts, practitioners, and enthusiasts coming together to explore the latest trends and innovations in the vehicle and metals recycling sector.


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CARS 2023 is the perfect opportunity for attendees to learn about the latest developments in the industry and network with like-minded professionals. This year, the event will feature a new conference theme focused around Net-Zero with conference sessions on how to conduct carbon review on your business, the journey to decarbonisation and navigating sustainability for a metal and auto recycling industry. These are just must-attend sessions for anyone looking to reduce their carbon footprint and operate in a more sustainable manner.

Day one of the two-day event, packed with content and networking opportunities, will see the themes of: Waste Classification (POPS and Hazardous Waste), BAT regulations with WTEE appropriate measures, personal and professional development, Advanced Sorting and Recycling around the world with Perspectives from the USA and Global Insights.

Day two will see green parts take the morning by storm, with four curated sessions delving into the different aspects confronting green parts specialists, from insurance, working together, repair, selling, and global perspectives on this. Moving on to Fire and Lithium Iron Batteries, and Careers and Employment Discussions. You can see the full agenda and check out who you can expect to meet here.

In addition to the conference sessions, CARS 2023 will feature a series of practical workshops delivered by the Business Doctors, a team of expert consultants who provide business coaching and mentoring to help companies achieve their goals. These workshops will provide attendees with practical insights and strategies to help them grow their businesses and improve their bottom line.

Back by popular demand are the skills lab sessions, delivered by vehicle expert Andy Latham. These sessions will cover a range of topics, including dismantling techniques, depollution, and the latest trends in vehicle recycling. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from one of the leading experts in the field and gain valuable insights into how to maximize the value of their automotive recycling operations.

From workshops to skills labs, the organisers of CARS also reveal that this year will see the new feature – ‘Meet the Buyer’ networking session, onsite prize giveaways such as the Autoshear Pro, and live team competitions such as the ‘Depollution Competition’ outside (all for fun – no live depollution is happening in this trial). Young British metals recyclers and those under 40 who are interested in joining the association will also come together for the onsite YBMRA brunch meet – a relaxed ‘lunch and learn’ style networking meet up. The CARS team have also picked up on the popularity of offsite tours, offering complimentary transport for anyone looking to book the British Motor Museum private tour for a small charge offered through the event.

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Closing day one, the industry will then come together at the Chesford Grange Hotel to raise money for Child Bereavement at the CARS & MRE Charity Dinner (almost fully booked) – which will play host to 200 of the industry’s key players looking for relaxed networking, including a three-course meal, entertainment, and charity auction fundraiser.

Visitor tickets are free, and it’s an event not to be missed for anyone involved in the vehicle recycling industry, whether they are a practitioner, business owner, or enthusiast. With an exciting line-up of conference sessions, practical workshops, skills lab sessions and all of the above, CARS 2023 promises to be the ultimate event for anyone looking to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and developments in the industry – while connecting face-to-face with the vehicle and metals recycling community.

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For more information and to get your free tickets, visit the CARS and MRE 2023 website at


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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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