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Nigel Dove - the drive behind CARS

Vortex tower system
Not having anywhere to show his products and explain their benefits led Nigel to develop the CARS concept.
Many have asked me how does a show like CARS get to happen? Having been heavily involved with the show myself, I know it takes a great deal hard of work but the one person who is responsible for kicking it into life is Nigel Dove of Vortex Depollution Systems.

So what drove him to do it?
Nigel has been supplying solutions for end of life vehicles for many years in both the UK and more recently the USA and Canada. He often shows his products on the other side of the pond and has been frustrated that there was no real opportunity in the UK to do the same. “Without the opportunity for manufacturers to show what their products do it is very easy for atf’s and vehicle dismantlers to miss the latest technical developments that can significantly save them money or increase their profitability”, Nigel explained. “You can read articles and see adverts but from a manufacturer's perspective, nothing comes close to actually showing your customers what you can do for them”. This led to one of the key features of CARS - exhibitors must have the ability to demonstrate their products.

Looking at the technical developments just over the last couple of years at Vortex, it is easy to see what Nigel means. Having installed depollution systems in many yards now, they fully appreciate that what works for one site may not work for another. Nigel explained, “Some sites may have the space and facility to house a double gantry system to allow low level and high level processing to take place concurrently and they might have the need to process in excess of 120 cars per day. Another yard may not have the footprint or the volumes to suit this sort of system but they still want maximum efficiency to keep the processing cost per vehicle to a minimum.”

“This is no problem for us, we carry out a full business and site analysis prior to any recommendations. For example, what type of lift suits - scissor, single post, twin post? Depending on the site,these decisions can be critical”, Nigel said. For the processing of fluids, Vortex have their unique tower system that was introduced earlier this year and many will have seen it at CARS. The tower contains four high volume air operated diaphragm pumps, (each capable of draining fluids at 35 litres per minute) and will drain oil, coolant and fuel simultaneously through large bore pipes that allow increased flow which speeds up the process and prevents blockage.

Vortex Tyre Ripper
Technological improvements mean reduced processing costs for dismantlers. Vortex's latest tyre ripper has a cycle time of just 15 seconds and can handle up to 200 wheels per hour - watch the video here.
The tower works in conjunction with their Fuel Tool which, powered by compressed air punches through the fuel tank. A recent customer recovered all their installation cost within 8 months due to the high quality fuel being available for sale - now that’s not a bad pay back time!

The latest addition to their range is their wheel ripper which has a cycle time of just 15 seconds and can process over 200 wheels per hour, as long as the operator can keep up! This is what we mean by product development - getting the job done faster and more efficiently so it costs you less. All the new products that were at the show (from all manufacturers) will be looked at in depth in coming months to see how effective they are at reducing cost and increasing profit, after all, that’s why we buy it.
So now CARS is over, what’s Nigel’s verdict?
“We had 800 people come to CARS with many from Europe, Canada, USA and much further. The event exceeded our expectations with not only more visitors than we anticipated but also our post show exhibitor survey indicates that the show was a success for almost all exhibitors. From Nigel’s perspective, he achieved what he set out to do - have the opportunity to show the industry what Vortex products do. He took firm orders at the show and a long list of follow up calls. So for Nigel, CARS and Vortex, were a success.”
So what of the future?
The overwhelming success of CARS for both exhibitors and visitors means the industry won’t let it just fade away. Pandora is out of the box as they say and the question is where and when! The survey indicated that a two yearly event would be popular and we have already been approached by a number of sites who may be interested in hosting the next CARS. There is a great deal of discussion to take place before any final decisions are taken but as everyone keeps saying - the show must go on!

If you would like further information, visit Vortex website or call Nigel on 01949 81945.

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