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SYNETIQ’s Charity Challenge

SYNETIQ were proud to complete the 2019 AutoRaise REAL Rally this week – with a helping hand from green parts.

SYNETIQ charity challenge
The SYNETIQ Team

The event was an opportunity for SYNETIQ teams to get reacquainted following the merger in early 2019, for a worthy cause. The funds raised will be split between two charities – AutoRaise, a charity trying to reduce the skills shortage in the automotive industry and REAL, an Essex based children’s charity.

Three teams were assembled from SYNETIQ sites across the UK, leaving a requirement of three cars – plus a slight catch. Each team’s chosen transport must be purchased for less than £1000…

SYNETIQ Charity Challenge
The two Jasons

As the largest vehicle salvage and recycling company in the UK, the natural choice was to look within SYNETIQ’s own supply of salvage. Strict budget in mind, the teams took to the SYNETIQ vehicle auction to see what they could find.

Jason Cross and Jason Bishop were Team JasonJason, and showed a less is more approach by opting for a small and mighty Smart car. This approach did not extend to their choice of clothing, however, with their bright green suits representing the green credentials of vehicle parts recycling.

Team two had Martin Horsfield and Simon Schofield: The Bruise Brothers. Their eye-catching Peugeot 207 was matched by their suits, sideburns and sunglasses.

This left The Mixed Bag Jag – a luxury S-Type model carrying SYNETIQ’s largest team. Steve Dodson was joined by Helen Carling, Jack Constantine and Martine Johnson for the first leg, the latter three swapping with Tom Rumboll and Dave Harcourt for the second stint.

Another stipulation of the REAL Rally rules was that wacky decoration is essential – so the Bodyshop team at SYNETIQ’s Winsford site got to work with the spray gun on all three cars. SYNETIQ partners DM Signs were on hand with the stickers to add the finishing touches.

Panels were painted multi-coloured to signify the green credentials of the work SYNETIQ does and, beyond the patchwork paint, were prepared using SYNETIQ’s own supply of quality recycled parts.

The true test was yet to come as the three cars set off for the first checkpoint in Durham. Three days and hundreds of miles lay ahead, with overnight stops in Edinburgh and Peebles. A range of activities had also been organised, including an awards presentation and a specially arranged Highland Games.

We’re delighted to report all three teams finished without mechanical fault – a testament to the quality of SYNETIQ green parts.

Hensel

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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.