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CARS & MRE 2023 – A Wrap-Up

The Complete Auto Recycling Show and Metals Recycling Event, the leading automotive and metals expo, concluded its highly anticipated two-day event on 24-25 May 2023. 

 

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With an impressive lineup of speakers and exhibitors, the event attracted 1308 industry professionals who came together to tackle the issues facing the industry, connect with new and old faces, and enjoy the sun that graced the event. The 2023 edition was considered a resounding success, reinforcing its position as a premier platform for automotive innovation and collaboration, with its sixth event.

CARS & MRE, held at the NAEC, Stoneleigh, brought together key players from the automotive industry, including manufacturers, suppliers, technology providers, and industry experts. Boasting international visitors from over 14 different countries, doubling its international attendee records from 2021, it was clear to see pre-pandemic levels returning to this event, whilst still keeping its intimate feel. Headline partners supporting the event were eBay and JMC Recycling Systems, along with event sponsors WARD, Recycling Lives and Scrap Car Comparison.

The CARS & MRE 2023 agenda featured an array of esteemed speakers who shared their expertise and vision for the industry. Among the highlights were:

  • Antonia Grey, Head of Policy and Public Affairs of BMRA, alongside Chas Ambrose, Secretary of the VRA, and Lucas Hargreaves, Environmental Sustainability Manager, delivered a compelling main-stage session on waste classification: POPs and hazardous waste.
  • Green Parts – Working Together, was another popular session delivered by Chris Daglis of Auto PARTnered Solutions, David Cresswell of ABP Club, Michael Golding at LV and Wayne Mason-Drust of Accident Express, focusing on the future of second-hand parts.
  • Andy Latham, renowned Managing Director of Salvage Wire, captivated the audience in the workshop corner with inspiring, practical sessions on F Gas Air conditioning and Vehicle Depollution, alongside Mark Jones, Co-founder of ELV Training.
  • Net-Zero was a new and key theme heavily featured across the theatres this year, with a compelling and educational session on Routes to Sustainability, covered by a panel consisting of Cameron Leitch, Policy and Public Affairs Officer – BMRA, David Humphreys, Director of Green Circle Solutions, Elisa Caton, Sustainability Manager of SYNETIQ and Robin Tait, Head of Sustainability at Recycling Lives.

These are just a few examples of the exceptional lineup of speakers who shared their knowledge and insights during the event, leaving attendees inspired and well-informed.

With a highly supported attendance of 1,308 industry professionals and 75+ exhibitors, the event fostered a vibrant yet personal environment for networking and collaboration through additional features such as the YBMR brunch, ‘Meet the Buyer’ networking session and live demonstrations with JMC Recycling Systems.

Attendees had the opportunity to connect with fellow professionals, establish strategic partnerships, network at one of the onsite features, and explore potential business opportunities.

ATF Professional are proud headline media partners for CARS & MRE. The event, in association with the BMRA and VRA, was also backed by partnerships with ABP, BVSF, Sustainability Today, Skip and Waste Magazine, and Letsrecycle.com.

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The CARS & MRE Charity Dinner also boasted a full house in attendance of circa 200 attendees coming together for further out-of-hours networking and raising money for Child Bereavement UK, of which the event raised approximately £3,000 for the cause. The evening also played host to 4 industry recognition awards as follows:

  • Excellence in Innovation Award – Won by Green Car Depollution
  • Dedication to the Industry – Won by Andy Latham, Director, Salvage Wire
  • Sustainable Solutions – Won by Malvern Panalytical
  • Up and Coming Star – Won by Hannah France, Blue Machinery Group

Looking ahead, CARS & MRE is excited to announce that the next edition of the conference will take place on 21-22 May 2025. Mark your calendars as the 2025 edition event promises to deliver even more thought-provoking discussions, cutting- edge technologies, and invaluable networking opportunities.

Despite the two-year gap, the floorplan is already filling up with exhibitors keen to reserve their space for the 2025 event. For more information and updates on CARS & MRE, please visit the official website at [www.carsmre.com] and be sure to join the mailing list.

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About CARS & MRE

CARS & MRE is the leading automotive and metals recycling event that brings together industry professionals, thought leaders and technology innovators to explore the future of the sector. The event showcases the latest trends, advancements, and disruptive technologies shaping the automotive industry. With a focus on collaboration and knowledge sharing, CARS serves as a platform for driving innovation and fostering strategic partnerships.

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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 www.salvagemarket.co.uk 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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