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Meet the e2e Network Members: ASM Auto Recycling

The e2e Total Loss Vehicle Management Network is made up of a diverse range of independent, innovative vehicle recycling and salvage firms, operating collaboratively and united behind market leading service standards against which they are audited.  The ‘Meet the e2e Network Members’ blog has been developed to shine a light on the infrastructure, operational capabilities, knowledge, and expertise embedded in the network and demonstrate the progressive culture inherent in its members.


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ASM Auto Recycling [ASM] has been established for over 40 years and operates from five sites across Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, and Buckinghamshire. The business currently processes over 35,000 vehicles a year.  It offers for sale over 1,500 cars, vans, and motorbikes every week via the e2e network online auction SalvageMarket platform, and it stores over 2,500 donor vehicles on site for the supply of quality-graded / warranty-assured reclaimed parts.

The head office in Thame, Oxfordshire, sits on a 20-acre state-of-the-art site.  This is where end-of-life vehicles are processed, depolluted, and dismantled for reclaimed parts or, salvage category permitting, remarketed on the online auction. Whilst vehicles are also comprehensively processed for scrap at this site, ASM’s main hub for scrap metal processing is at its 6-acre metal processing facility in Aylesbury. The additional 2-acre satellite sites in Aylesbury, Kings Langley, and Luton provide the business with an extended cross-county footprint from which to service its customers and further support the e2e network.  28 collection vehicles, consisting of a mix of 8-car, 4-car, and 1-car transporters, together with a fleet of 7 parts delivery vans, enables the business to carry out salvage collection services and reclaimed parts deliveries nationally.

Meeting the growing demand for reclaimed parts; the effective management of increasing volumes of end-of-life hybrid & electric vehicles; together with the subject of sustainability and realising the company’s SBTi targets to reduce its carbon emissions by 42% by 2030, have been set as business priorities by the management team at ASM, led by Chris Morgan. These business goals are underpinned with continued investment in facilities and infrastructure as ASM looks to the future. The company has recently undergone a £5million investment programme to restructure its main site to facilitate the processing of vehicles even more efficiently and effectively, whilst simultaneously enhancing the on-site experience for both its customers and staff. This programme of works included new vehicle preparation and EV workshops, increased warehousing capacity for the storage of reclaimed parts, new logistics and auction offices, additional five-high vehicle storage racking, and all associated IT enhancements. With a close eye on sustainability, solar panels have been fitted to all new buildings, enabling the running of both a fully solar powered warehouse and a newly installed electric car baler. Rainwater harvesting systems have also been extended to further support the company’s increasing on-site water requirements, including staff washrooms and the cleaning of vehicles. To further enhance carbon neutrality credentials, the electrification of all new plant and equipment is being actively incorporated when & where possible. All waste is reduced to the bare minimum, conforming with the waste hierarchy and company targets to meet zero waste to landfill by 2030.

Cultivating and maintaining professional standards is inherent in ASM’s DNA.  The business holds accreditations for ISO 9001 [quality management system], 14001 [environmental management system], and 27001 [information security management].  It is also certified to the VRA UK Standard for Reclaimed Parts.  Continuous training programmes to give staff maximum opportunity for personal growth and career development, whilst supporting business goals, are integral to achieving high staff retention rates and positive morale amongst the ASM team.

Delivering social value is also a fundamental part of ASM’s culture. Sponsorship of Thame United Football Club and Chinnor Rugby Club sees the business at the heart of its local sporting community.  Regular fund-raising activities feature in the business calendar ensuring ongoing support for Thames Valley Air Ambulance, the Florence Nightingale Hospice, and numerous other local charities.  Regional fun and festive cheer are also on the business agenda as sponsors of the Thame Primary Schools Fireworks Display and the community Christmas tree that lights up Thame Town Hall every year. Staff enjoy participating in numerous community events from volunteering as litter pickers to most recently taking on Thame Cricket Club in a highly competitive cricket match.

ASM is proud to be a member of the e2e network and believes the proposition the network offers is unique in its flexibility, scalability, and commitment to delivering outstanding service.  The union of entrepreneurial, independent automotive recycling businesses behind common network goals and professional standards offers e2e clients a unique and powerful partnership with the industry’s leading automotive recycling experts. The advantages gained from a consistently high performing nationwide service, complete with the benefits of in-depth local knowledge represented by the members’ regional centres of excellence, cannot be – and should not be – underestimated.

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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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