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ARA Presidential visit to Silverlake Automotive Recycling  

Silverlake Automotive Recycling [Silverlake] welcomed the President of the ARA [Automotive Recyclers Association – America], Shan Lathem, and Second Vice President, Eric Wilbert, to its Authorised Treatment Facility in Shedfield, Hampshire, at the end of May. The visit had been recommended by the ARA Past President, Marty Hollingshead, as an opportunity to see best practice in auto recycling in the UK, and the UK Director of the ARA, Darren Combellack, accompanied the ARA representatives. 


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L-R Eric Wilbert 2nd VP ARA, Darren Combellack UK Director ARA, Allen Prebble MD Silverlake, Shan Lathem President ARA

The site visit included a tour of Silverlake’s offices and operational facilities. The ARA guests were able to meet and speak with all department heads and their teams; gaining insights on systems and processes used by the business to gain maximum efficiencies and deliver outstanding customer service. The pride taken by staff in the services offered demonstrated the customer centric business culture that Silverlake is known for, which has been integral to its success and growth in market share in the UK. 

The ARA representatives were impressed by the volume of vehicles handled at Silverlake’s 10-acre site and took away a number of ideas to include tyre processing, the imaging of reclaimed parts for online sales and ways to better leverage the Pinnacle system.  

Shan Lathem, President, ARA commented: 

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Shan Lathem

“Silverlake’s site, its people and the way they manage their systems and processes to achieve maximum performance seriously took my breath away. The visit was extremely valuable, and we have some great insights to take back to our members. We received such a warm welcome, and we were grateful for the opportunity to see what best practice looks like in the UK.”

Allen Prebble, managing director at Silverlake, said: 

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Allen Prebble

“It was our pleasure to show Shan and Eric around our facility and share how we do things in the business. I was incredibly proud of the staff, who really enjoyed demonstrating the part they play in Silverlake’s success. I felt humbled by the visit from the ARA, which for me signposted recognition of many years of hard work by all the team at Silverlake.” 


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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. 

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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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