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Another great event at ARA

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Four days, 1,000 auto recyclers and over 70 trade stands - ARA's 69th conference
The Automotive Recyclers Association recently held their 69th Convention and Exposition at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando. They say everything is bigger and better in the States and it’s hard to dispute with over 1,000 auto recyclers attending and a trade show with over 70 exhibitors.


We have mentioned before that a number of leading UK dismantlers are members of ARA and visit the event regularly. They do this because they find out a lot of new things and meet a lot of people that all influence the way they develop their own businesses over here.

This year, Ian Hill of Hills Salvage and Recycling Ltd won the ARA’s top award, their ARA Member of the Year for the fantastic job he did of hosting CARS and international Round Table (IRT) meetings, and to recognise his commitment to the Association as their European Director. Although ARA is primarily an American trade organisation, they do encourage worldwide membership and as such have representatives from all corners of the globe.

Ian Hill
Ian Hill of Hills Salvage and Recycling Ltd won the ARA’s Member of the Year for the fantastic job he did of hosting CARS and IRT. The award also recognises his commitment to the Association as their European Director.
The 4 day event kicked off with a golf tournament at the Celebration golf course. On the Wednesday evening there was a serious BBQ held at local auto recyclers, GreenStar with the opportunity to take a look at their fantastic new facility. The trade show ran over 3 days, and included companies from all aspects of the industry.

This convention is not just about fun, the days are packed full with educational sessions covering topics such as hybrid batteries, Efficient handling and shipping, automotive re-cycling - A global perspective, electronic and personal relationships, The art of achievement in times of change, small details lead to big profits, as well as many others. The whole event is designed to give ARA members something extra to make their businesses more effective in the future.

If you feel visiting ARA in the future may be of use to you, then it’s a great excuse to take a holiday. Next year the convention will be in Phoenix Arizona and will also host the next IRT meetings. For those who attended CARS (which hosted the last IRT) back in June, this may be a good time to visit as the next CARS isn’t planned until 2014. Also, if you met up with any of the international visitors whilst you were at CARS, then IRT is a great opportunity to catch up again.

The preliminary schedule for the next IRT which, as we mentioned will be held in Phoenix Arizona USA, on November 10-12, 2013 in conjunction with the ARA Annual Convention is:
Tuesday November 5 to Saturday November 9, 2013 ARA Convention & Trade Show
Sunday November 10, 2013 IRT Evening Reception
Monday November 11, 2013 IRT Roundtable Meeting 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday November 11, 2013 IRT Evening Entertainment 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tuesday November 12, 2013 IRT Roundtable Meeting 8:00 am – noon
Tuesday November 12, 2013 IRT Optional facility tours

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