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Key features for CARS 2014 announced

CARS 2014 promises to be even better than the last event - and that''ll take some doing.
June may seem a long way off but for those organising CARS 2014 at Motorhog, Doncaster it’s just around the corner and they recently let us in on the master plan for this year’s show.

One of the few disappointments at CARS 2014 was that there were too many things going on at once and there was no time to take in all the seminars you wanted. They’ve listened to your comments and this time they’ve put together a conference programme that has more depth but with fewer topics, focussing on the important issues. That way we don’t have any worries about missing anything. Also, these won’t be one speaker conferences but multi speaker so we get a broad spectrum of opinion - allowing us to come to our own decisions.

The focus of the whole programme is very much on increasing profits. Green parts and how to increase sales will look hard at matching parts that we have in abundance to vehicle repairs that can actually use them. For example, there is a plentiful supply of 05-08 plated vehicles but how do we match those parts to those owners within this vehicle range where the repair cost cannot justify new? This is one example of where, if we work closely with the repair trade we can build sales. Naturally, questions relating to standards are directly linked to this topic.

The future of global markets will also be on the agenda. Not just for parts sales but for the raw secondary materials that come from our feedstock. When you think that 60% of the secondary ferrous metal generated in the UK comes from end of life vehicles, it isn’t hard to appreciate that the future market place holds great significance for us all, and that market place has no borders.

Vehicle design and it’s impact on the auto recycler is another important topic. We already have the impact of hybrid technologies now showing up in our yards, along with much greater use of plastics, composites and high strength materials, but what’s in the pipeline. More importantly, how are we going to capitalise on these developments. Will greater technology lead to higher value parts and materials or will it lead to less saleable items and reduced material values due to hard to separate structures? Vehicles are getting cleverer by the day with systems aimed at preventing accidents and improving the driving experience but before we know it, they will be in our yards.

Marketing your products. We all know about ebay and the impact it has had on our markets but there are other ways in which technology and methodology can help reduce our costs and increase our sales. Are you taking full advantage of the boom in mobile users for example? It is anticipated that the online market will double by the end of the decade and this conference with give us all pointers on how to make the best of it.

The skills lab will be a feature of CARS one again, this time focussing on hybrid and EV technologies, air conditioning and airbags. These are great sessions to bring yourself and your staff to so that the are up to date with the best practices for processing vehicles.

The big machine area will again play a key part. Last time, the display of Overton’s Auto Dismantling System and Hammel’s Shredder generated a lot of interest from visitors. This time, look out for even more kit! A new feature will be the JMC work line. We go on a lot about added value here at atfPro but this line will show what’s possible by taking an ELV from start to finish - depollution, hulk separation and major component removal, hulk shredding, engine crushing, edi-current non-ferrous separation, copper granulation of looms, plastics granulation of bumpers, CAT shearing and baling. Many manufacturers will be demonstrating their kit. Other ideas are being discussed which will take the show to new heights and as soon as these are finalised, you’ll be the first to know.

Don’t forget that CARS 2014 is being held at Motorhog’s 25 acre site in Doncaster. This site is worth a visit on it’s own and site tours will be available to see how one of the grand masters of our industry does it!

A new website is currently under construction which will include more details plus on-line registration, hotel booking etc. The new site should be up and running for February and in the meantime, the existing website will give you all the basics for CARS 2014. I thought CARS 2012 was brilliant -sounds like this year might be even better!

January 2014

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