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SYNETIQ joins the SMMT

SYNETIQ joins the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)

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SYNETIQ, Britain’s largest integrated salvage and dismantling company, has joined the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) as it continues its mission to help build a sustainable future for motoring in the UK.

SMMT membership supports SYNETIQ’s plans to work collaboratively with the Automotive sector as a whole, supporting the business’ sustainability strategy.

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Tom Rumboll

Tom Rumboll, CEO of SYNETIQ, said:

“As a company, we’re changing how we talk with our customers and clients about the achievable financial and environmental benefits of using green parts. By working with the SMMT we will continue to learn and understand how we can work and support the entire automotive sector.”

As a member of SMMT working groups, such as Electric Vehicle, Aftermarket and Remanufacturing, the business hopes that by working closely with manufacturers, the industry can maximise the reuse and recycling potential of each vehicle, reducing CO2 emissions and material waste further.

As a leader in its sector, SYNETIQ has launched several key initiatives to highlight environmental benefits of integrated salvage and recycling. This includes training a large proportion of their colleagues on carbon literacy, as well as a study into the CO2 savings that can be achieved through the use of Green Parts in vehicle repair.

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The use of Green Parts provides significant financial savings, with significantly less embedded carbon and roughly 50% lower cost than their newly manufactured equivalents. These OEM original parts – non-safety critical components such as doors, body panels and headlamps, are removed from damaged vehicles – then graded, cleaned, safety checked and issued with a certificate of conformity. These parts are then supplied to key insurance providers, bodyshops and fleet operators.

Last year SYNETIQ also announced its plans to expand and invest in its Winsford site, as the UK gears up for a shift to purely electric vehicles from 2035. Establishing Europe’s first dedicated EV processing and recycling centre, the site will not only handle existing and future generations of EVs, but also operate as a centre of excellence and provide certified training to other businesses in the safe handling of EV batteries and architecture.

SYNETIQ is the largest eBay seller of used car and motorcycle parts in the UK, and its approach for accurately cataloguing and describing each part means buyers can quickly find what they need. With 150,000+ components online now, and up to 10,000 new items added every month, it’s become a valuable resource for private owners.


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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.