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Vehicle Looms: Insights from Abbey Metal Recycling

With an impressive 57 years in the metal and vehicle recycling industry, Jim Maguire, the owner of Abbey Metal Recycling Limited, has years of experience dealing with fellow merchants. To gain insights into his knowledge and workings of his operation, ATF Professional recently visited one of their sites, nestled in the heart of Cinderford in Gloucestershire.


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L-R Jim Maguire Sr and Jim Maguire Jr

Abbey Metal Recycling Ltd sets itself apart with not one but two strategically located yards that have evolved into hubs of innovation. One of these sites specialises in processing End-of-Life Vehicles (ELVs), while the other focuses on extracting wiring looms. The operation is run by a father and son duo, adding a personal touch to their services.

Drawing from decades of experience, Jim Maguire recognises the significant manpower required to prepare wiring looms for processing. However, the recent acquisition of cutting-edge machinery marks a pivotal milestone in their quest to extract and process valuable materials from these looms. Their primary focus is on copper, a highly sought-after metal in the recycling market due to its versatility and economic value.

Abbey Metal Recycling Ltd has positioned itself as a reliable destination for various types of wiring looms. They are willing to purchase clean looms with fuse boxes and plugs still intact and low-grade looms featuring Electronic Control Units (ECUs), radios, Anti-lock Braking Systems (ABS), and other components. Their comprehensive approach ensures that many customers, from individuals to businesses, can find a home for their discarded wiring materials.

By recycling wiring looms and other vehicle components, Abbey Metal Recycling Ltd contributes to the circular economy, reducing the need for new raw materials and minimising waste. Copper, a primary target for extraction from wiring looms, is a finite resource, making its recycling all the more vital.

Jim Maguire and his Abbey Metal Recycling Ltd. team understand the importance of collaboration and communication in the recycling industry. They actively encourage individuals and businesses to contact them to explore opportunities for recycling wiring looms and other materials.

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Jim Maguire and son (centre) with the team at Abbey Metals Recycling

You can contact Jim Maguire directly on 07979 265080 or via email at Additionally, their website provides further information about their services and operations.Vehicle Looms: Insights from Abbey Metal Recycling lo


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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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