Essential information for end of life vehicle dismantling, depollution and recycling

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Vehicle Recycling

Dismantling The Future

27th November 2019

A one day conference to look at vehicle dismantling safety, new materials, potential sources of revenue and the role ATFs have to play as the future of vehicles enters a new age. 

Advanced Propulsion Centre
Warwick UK

Advanced Propulsion Centre

Warwick University
27th November 2019

Many thanks for attending our conference last week. We hope you enjoyed the event and that you went away more informed as to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the vehicle recycling industry, which was provided by our excellent speakers. 

We would also like to thank those who have sent emails and phoned to congratulate us on hosting the conference itself. It certainly makes the hard work worthwhile. Also, from the correspondence received it seems that you would like us to host a similar event next year, which is something that we are willing to do. 

ATF Professional belongs to you, so to make the next conference another success we would like to hear what topics you would like to see covered.

If you know of anyone you know who would provide a great presentation, or maybe your company would like to get involved in next year’s event? If you have any thoughts on this year’s conference or next year’s, please get in touch by calling 01432 355099 or email

Once again, thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you next year. In the meantime, always remember to click on ATF Professional to keep up to date with the world or vehicle dismantling and recycling.

Speakers, Topics and Presentations

David Williams AXA
Greater Use of Green Parts - An Insurers Perspective

The session will look at the issues and opportunities surrounding the use of second hand replacement parts from the perspective of one of the UK’s largest insurance Companies. It will highlight the scaremongering that has gone on with regard to their use, and identify potential reasons and the vested interests behind this. It will look at the opportunities for increasing their use, and the improved communication that will be necessary if we are to convince the public of the benefits here. Finally it will touch on the changing future landscape and how this may affect parts use and attitudes, both in a post Brexit world, and one which sees greater use of new technology and materials.

David Williams -Managing Director, Underwriting & Technical Services, AXA Insurance UK

David has over 30 years’ experience in General Insurance, and is part of the AXA Insurance Executive Committee having held a wide variety of roles including Chief Commercial Underwriter, Reinsurance Manager, Casualty Insurance Manager, Managing Director Claims and Managing
Director Underwriting.

David leads AXA’s work on Connected & Autonomous Vehicles, including work with five Government backed Consortia. He sits on the Association of British Insurers GIC and is Chair of the Autonomous Driving Group. He also Chairs RISCAuthority, the CII Underwriting Faculty, is a Board Member of the Fire Protection Association, and is a Non-Executive Director of AXA Assistance UK. He was previously a board member of Thatcham, the Motor Vehicle Research centre.


David is very active in lobbying the government, particularly with regard to problems with claims farming and compensation culture. In 2018 he was recognised as Social Media Influencer of the year, and in 2019 he won both the Insurance Post Claims Achievement Award and was named Insurance Personality of the Year at the British Insurance Awards at the Albert Hall in July.

Steve Hope Toyota Europe
Vehicle Recycling - A Manufacturer's Perspective

Toyota is aiming to reduce the environmental impact attributed to its activity to as close to zero as possible, while developing measures to contribute positively to the earth and its communities with the aim of achieving a sustainable society.


That’s why, in October 2015, Toyota announced the creation of the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050, the foundation of its long term targets, building on previous environmental initiatives. 


The Challenge 5 (challenge of establishing a recycling-based society and systems) consists of 2 pillars, trying to build a strong relationship between Toyota and vehicle dismantlers.


Within the Global 100 Dismantlers project, Toyota is aiming to promote safety at ATF’s when dealing with new generation vehicles.


As a first result Toyota created a video promoting safety guidelines when dealing with Lithium batteries coming out of electrified vehicles.


Besides safety, resource depletion and global warming are key environmental concerns.


For these reasons, Toyota started-up the car-to-car recycling project, aiming to use resources from end-of-life vehicles for the production of new vehicles.


In close collaboration with ATF’s, Toyota is trying to realize its aim to collect 100% of its industrial batteries.

Stephen Hope General Manager Environmental Affairs and Corporate Citizenship, Toyota

Stephen joined the initial construction phase of Toyota UK in 1991 as Facilities & Environment Manager, subsequently leading environmental and plant related engineering projects for 15 years. This also involved the topic of End of Life Vehicles as the EU Directive was being initially discussed in the UK, including a period as Chairman of the cross sectoral Automotive Consortium on Recycling and Disposal (ACORD).


In 2006 Stephen was assigned to a role in Plant Engineering and Environment at Toyota Motor Europe covering 9 manufacturing facilities. He was then reassigned to Environmental Affairs & Corporate Citizenship in 2012 taking responsibility for the whole life cycle in Europe.

Working together collaboratively to achieve a professional solution and understanding

In working together and achieving a more informed and greater understanding of our two professions, a significant understanding of effective decision making can be made in the complete process from the initial accident to the end of life journey, with all stakeholders in creating a transparent and professional outcome.

Tony Simpson - President IAEA

Tony started his career at the age of 15 as an apprentice panel beater with an independent coachworks in Surrey. After completing his apprenticeship and gaining more experience, he developed his career within the accident repair industry and eventually becoming a bodyshop manager within a main agent. In May 1988, he joined Eagle Star Insurance as a staff motor engineer assessor. Following Eagle Star’s merger with Zurich Insurance, Tony held a position within the Motor Engineering Management Team. In 2016 Tony left Zurich to set up his own company AGS Claims Consultants. He was elected to the IAEA National Council in 2010 and has held the position of National Regional Liaison Officer, Public Relations Officer, President Elect and now currently holds the position of President. Tony was instrumental in organising the IAEA National Conference, that has become a highly successful and prestigious event.

Green Parts: 2020 and beyond

Jason will be reflecting on the milestones achieved with green parts so far… before exploring the challenges we’re about to face at the dawn of a new decade – both as an industry and a planet.

Jason Cross -Director. SYNETIQ

Jason Cross is a veteran of vehicle recycling, with over 25 years’ experience in the industry. He is currently a Director of SYNETIQ, the largest salvage and dismantling company in the UK, having begun his career as Managing Director of FAB Recycling.


Jason believes that new parts should only be fitted when Quality OE reclaimed non safety related parts are not available; a conviction which led him to establish MyGreenFleet and Motorbundle Ltd during his tenure at FAB.


He’s helped to manage some of the UK’s largest fleets, from Police forces to private businesses including British Gas, Mercedes Benz, DHL, Europcar, Avis, Hertz and Enterprise. For Jason, the key to keeping people moving has been hard graft – while doing the right thing for his clients and workforce.


Jason is a three-time winner at the NAPFM Emergency Services Conference; he was also awarded ARA Member of the Year in 2016.

Outside of his work with SYNETIQ, Jason is European Director of the Automotive Recycling Association and on the committee of the British Vehicle Salvage Federation.

Andrew Marsh
Taking apart the future

Confusion reigns in the chaos of the automotive sector as it comes under intense pressure to deliver mobility solutions as never seen before.




  • Reduction of internal combustion engine tail pipe pollution in real world driving towards zero within the next decade
  • Price pressures minimise margins
  • Return on investment stubbornly refuses to rise much above 6%, which is not attractive to investors required to develop new solutions
  • Alternatives (bicycle, bus, train) offer zone specific partial solutions

The priority one for most OEMs is survival, which means engineering to achieve goals which often do not include 2nd life or recyclability. The result is a never ending variation of energy storage formats, locations on the vehicle and more.


We have two steps – one, to manage the current themes for around 2 decades, and the second, to push for the next level of product engineering where all factors are taking into account. For the OEMs that cannot manage this, they face extinction. For those that can, there are whole new markets waiting to open up with ATF members right at the heart. All of these immense challenges are ahead and the presentation will explore the implications for the vehicle dismantling and salvage sector.

Andrew Marsh FIMI - Engineering Director, Auto Industry Consulting Ltd.-

Starting with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1984, for 20 years Andrew worked inside vehicle manufacturers covering design, development and project management. The majority of the time was spent working outside the UK.


In 2004 Andrew moved to Thatcham Research, a partially UK motor insurer funded repair research centre, to bring this unique blend of engineering knowledge to future proof the company knowledge about each new vehicle arriving on the market. Later on, Andrew added to this role by looking after eScribe methods and times production for three years, which resulted in a dramatic increase in data output volume as well as quality.


To a great extent this relied on knowing what was happening amongst the vehicle manufacturers, tracking the technology into the market and strategising the methods coverage accordingly. During the latter part of 2010 Andrew was directed to put together the first UK Insurance Industry telematics core data protocol, which was then offered to all insurers for discussion.


In 2011 Andrew became a founder member of Auto Industry Consulting Ltd, together with Mr Ben Cardy. Auto Industry Consulting Ltd is an independent provider of technical information and consultancy to the global collision repair industry.


Of the many services AIC offer, the key product is Ezi-Methods which was launched in 2012. This provides OEM repair methods and information via our user friendly and cost-effective web service, now sold in the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand. The methods library now exceeds 400000 documents. For further information, please visit


In 2013, AIC were also responsible for the creation of the AutoRaise Body Repair Apprenticeship Programme and system and course materials. AutoRaise combines three sets of essential skills into a 26 month programme – as an alternative to the existing 72 month programme – with learners achieving both nationally and industry recognised qualifications.


Andrew regularly presents to a variety of repair and motor insurer audiences, as well as writing for a variety of magazines. The mission is simple – collecting, understanding and communicating the most exciting subject on earth: Automotive engineering.

Electrification: more than batteries

Vehicle electrification has gained worldwide traction, with lithium-ion batteries dominating the conversation. Rightly so due to their impact on a vehicle’s cost, weight and performance. They have also been the focus of work so far on end of life, due to their large potential value but also potential cost through complying with producer responsibility legislation.


However, electric vehicles contain more than just lithium-ion batteries. Changes to materials, architectures and other new powertrain components bring about their own implications, challenges and opportunities at end of life and it would be an error to ignore them. ATFs need to be ready to get maximum value from all of these.


This presentation will consider what changes have already occurred and likely future developments and their implications, providing insight into what ATFs should be considering.

Caroline Guest - Innovation Manager, WMG SME Group

Caroline is an Innovation Manager within WMG, University of Warwick, supporting manufacturers across the UK supply chain to innovate and adapt to capitalise on the paradigm shift occurring in vehicle manufacturing. She has specialised in automotive electrification for the last four years, in both the manufacture of products and maximising their value at the end of life. She previously worked at Ford Motor Company, a career spanning over 20 years and across all areas of the business, including vehicle launches throughout the world.

Sam Haig RS Bruce
From grave to cradle: an EV’s end of life journey

The vehicle recycling sector is on the cusp of a boom in EVs and hybrid vehicles as those sold over the last decade begin to reach end of life in significant numbers; this will lead to a sea change in the makeup of end of life vehicles scrap.


How will metal recyclers, long used to traditional internal combustion engine vehicles, handle their encounters with these new types of electric and hybrid vehicles? How do battery recyclers accommodate batteries hundreds of times the size, weight, and voltage of those from laptops and mobile phones? And how does the “second life” question fit into the equation?


This talk will follow the journey of an electric vehicle battery as it reaches end of life, highlighting the practicalities that will be faced at each stage, from safe depollution and dismantling, to evaluation for remanufacturing, and finally to effective and economical material recycling.

Sam Haig - Battery Recycling Business Manager, RS Bruce Metals & Machinery Ltd.

Sam is Battery Recycling Business Manager at R S Bruce Metals and Machinery, a precious metal recovery company in Sheffield, UK, and was previously Head of Engineering and Research at Axion Recycling.


Sam has a decade’s experience in the waste management and recycling sector and has worked on a diverse range of projects from commissioning of residual waste treatment facilities to developing a patented process for fuel cell membrane recycling.


Over the last five years, Sam has worked on the development of novel recycling techniques for lithium-ion batteries, collaborating with companies including Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan, and Johnson Matthey.


Sam is a chartered chemical engineer and member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Lithium Battery Waste and Recycling – an Update

It would be fair to say that Electric Vehicles have already surpassed ‘early adopter’ stage and the future for EV is set for continued success as newer generations of cars can be charged quicker, go further and cost less. 

With future legislation already mandating the end of combustion engines the next few decades are going to show a seismic change in automotive technology and the way we view transport. 

The buzz around new and future electric vehicles is very exciting to see but we still have some way to go before the infrastructure copes with all aspects of the supply chain to match the 130 years of we have established with fossil fuelled cars. 

For ATF’s in particular, when a petrol or diesel car reaches the end of its life we know what to do, how to do it and at what cost. On the other hand when an EV reaches the end of its life a Lithium battery will need to be dealt with and this in itself presents so many challenges not least the real danger of fire and electrocution but the unsure recycling market and negative values.

This presentation will be from a waste and recycling perspective and cover what currently can be done with Lithium-Ion batteries and how to safely handle and transport them. 

Alan Colledge - Senior Manager, Cawleys Hazardous Waste

Alan is a 3rd term DGSA serving Cawleys for the past 15 years specialising in the waste management of all Hazardous Wastes including drums and packages, bulk liquid tankers and has been pivotal in developing a pioneering waste collection service for automotive Lithium Batteries. Having served nearly 25 years in the waste industry Alan has worked for Hales Waste Control and Biffa in Management and Senior sales roles previously.

Andy Latham Salvage Wire
Electric Vehicles - Be safe

Ever Increasing Energy – High voltage vehicles carry a number of risks for those working on these vehicles.
This presentation will give an overview of how these vehicles operate, the benefits to the owner and user, alongside the risks involved to those working on the vehicles; how to minimise these risks and keep staff, customers and the business safe.
It is a snapshot of the awareness and level 3 training available from Salvage Wire and is an ideal opportunity for vehicle repairers, dealers, recovery agents, recyclers and first responders to learn more.

Andy Latham - MD Salvage Wire Ltd.

From shop floor apprenticeship to After Sales Manager in retail motor industry, joined Aviva as Claims Engineer, now specialist in Motor Salvage and Automotive Recycling.

Have a desire to raise professionalism within the global Auto Recycling industry, support and develop talented people within the industry who will be able to improve and advance auto recycling across the world.

Member of the Steering Committee for the bi-annual CARS Expo, Chair of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Automotive Recyclers Association and member of the Management Committee of the UK Vehicle Recycler’s Association


Owain Griffiths

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.

e2e awards logo

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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