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RWM a big disappointment but tow show was worth a visit

In previous years, as the photo shows RWM was a busy place for the industry. Trade shows are essential for a healthy sector but RWM just isn't there for us any more.
Well, perhaps not a disappointment if you’re into waste but for the auto recycler, the show has lost it with so few relevant companies showing their wares that for the first time we felt it simply wasn’t worth the effort of going.

Don’t get me wrong, there were some highlights; CIS Ltd were out in force showing the Iris-Mec and Holmatro ranges they sell in the UK and they had on show their new Blast Box airbag detonator which is well worth a look. There is a separate article this issue on it here. Abanaki demonstrated their skimmers and JMC had plenty to show, as did Crow and Hammel, but that was about it. There were some specialist companies supplying products which we use such as liquids to put in your tyres to stop them puncturing or skips and containers but for the auto recycler, not a lot to see.

RWM was impressive; two halls crammed full of products and services. Those products and services simply weren’t relevant to our industry. If you’re involved in auto recycling or even scrap metal processing then your time is probably better spent elsewhere. One thing is certain, to keep on top of your game it is important to know what changes are happening and what new processes are out there to help build your profits, so trade shows are important.

Luckily there are options for the auto recycler. We have CARS now which really does hit the spot when it comes to giving us all a good look at what’s available to the industry but there’s other places worth a visit as well. The Tow Show took place in September and really is a great show for anyone who operates recovery vehicles. The show always has plenty of stands covering not only vehicles but all the ancillaries as well. Like CARS, the show has a great personality to go with it. The MVDA had a stand at the show this year and feedback from them has been very positive. Could be worth a visit for readers next year who missed it.

It’s a small world so why not take a trip to Automechaninca in Germany. I personally have never been and you have missed this year’s show the next one is 2016, but I was talking to someone recently who told me that it has everything you could possibly think of when it comes to any aspect of cars. Many dismantlers also visit the USA for the ARA show to find out new ways of doing things and new opportunities that may be out there. Why not link it into a holiday and get a bit of tax relief at the same time!

The auto recycler is lucky but anyone who is involved with scrap processing is in a much poorer position when it comes to shows. Not only has RWM moved away from the sector, but the scrap processor / merchant hasn’t the equivalent of CARS. There is no dedicated show for the scrap merchant any more. They are left with only the trade press (and that’s also moved over to the waste sector generally) or to go abroad. Big shows like ISRI in the States will more than satisfy the scrap merchant’s needs or there are several European based events. Here at atfPro we believe that CARS should make efforts to extend it's coverage to include the scrap metal and even plastics sectors as we are all so closely linked. This would give the UK back a true show for the trade.

The important point to all this is that to maintain a healthy industry we must have constant development to move things forward and we must be able to see those developments and how they effect us. This is why shows are so important - they are far more than just a day out of the yard! Views and opinions always welcome.

October 2014

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