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Full speed ahead with CARS and IRT

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Ian Hill (left) of Hills Salvage and Recycling and Terry Charlton (centre) of Charlton Recycled Autoparts are handed the reins for next year's IRT from Ed Macdonald, second vice president/treasurer of ARA. IRT will run concurrently with CARS.
Last month, many of the steering team for the Complete Auto Recycling Show (CARS) and International Roundtable for Automotive Recycling (IRT) were on stage at the ARA conference in the States for the official handover of IRT from Canada to Europe. Next year IRT will be hosted in Liverpool and at Hills Salvage and Recycling Ltd, from June 14-16, 2012.

Terry Charlton of Charlton Recycled Autoparts Ltd spoke about CARS and IRT to UK dismantlers at the MVDA annual general meeting before flying out to address the ARA’s conference in the States the following day. “IRT is a gathering of dismantling associations from around the world who meet every 18 months to two years to discuss association and industry issues so that they can all share what is happening in their countries”, explained Terry. He has attended many of the previous IRT meetings held around the world and is part of the steering team moving IRT and CARS forward. He, as many of us believe the UK auto recycling industry has long been neglected and now we have an exciting opportunity to pull all sectors of our industry together, and that includes processors of metals and non-metallics, remanufacturers and those who move our products around the country. And, with the IRT we have the added bonus of a large addition of international auto recyclers which gives us in the UK a golden opportunity to broaden our minds and discover new openings.

To prepare for next year’s IRT and CARS the team has put together a format to create an exciting gathering. “We are basing CARS on a format used in the USA for the last 10 years. This will be a yard based show following a similar concept to the IT Show. CARS will take place at Hills Salvage and Recycling Ltd, Skelmersdale, near Liverpool from June 14-16, 2012. There will be between 60-100 exhibitors showing equipment and services used by our industry. From computers to cable granulators, depollution equipment to car balers, but CARS is way more than just a trade show. There will also be live demonstrations. There will be site visits, two days of seminars and training programmes with top speakers from the USA and Europe. There will also be a fund raising auction plus other events to raise donations for charity.

CARS will have a Friday night band and dance with free food and drink. Well it is almost free! Attendees will pay £50+vat with a reduced price for additional employees/friends/family. The entrance fee covers everything - food, drink, seminars, training - the only thing you have to pay for is your hotel and any raffle tickets/auction bids etc. CARS will even provide shuttle buses to and from local hotels so parking won’t be an issue and you don’t have to worry about drinking and driving! We anticipate over 500 people attending from Europe and around the world. This is the one event that all those involved in UK auto recycling will need to be at.

CARS is casual, so it’s jeans and trainers - definitely no ties unless you want a fine for charity! CARS is for auto recyclers, their employees and families. There will even be a nails and champagne bar for ladies who have had enough of talking shop and a formula 1 simulator for those who like a little competition - wait 'till you see the trophies!

Terry summed CARS up like this - CARS is fun - CARS is casual - CARS is educational -CARS is where you need to be next year. The website, www.cars-expo.com is now up and running and visitor preregistration will be available shortly.

Any companies wanting to take advantage of this unique opportunity to market their products and services to the auto recycling industry can request a vendor pack which includes all the details and site plan for the show.

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