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Major award for SS components and maybe an opportunity...

SS Compnents Green Apple Award
Major core suppleir, SS Components recently won the Green Apple Award,in recognition ot their environmental achievements. Photo shows SS Components receiving their award at the The Houses of Parliament - (l-r)Amy Neville- Green apple, John and Helen Smith (SS directors), Mark Heaps (operations manager).
There’s nothing like winning a major award to bring home that you must be doing something right.

After a visit to SS Components Ltd it soon becomes pretty obvious that founder and managing director, John Smith and his team are doing far more than that.

The company started way back in 1973 as a vehicle dismantling business after John, who trained as a motor mechanic realised the potential profit from selling parts.

Based at their current site in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, and paying £1 per week in rent, the business soon grew and by 1982 he had managed to buy the site and since purchased adjoining areas. At that time he was selling core to buyers who visited the yard but realised he could command a better deal from the remanufacturers by checking and sorting core prior to delivery, drastically reducing their reject rate.

One thing runs to another and now they handle 22,000 brake caliper units each month, not to mention starters, pumps, alternators, etc. They buy and sell core all over the world using their bespoke suite of software that cross refers all necessary interchange data whilst allowing individual remanufacturers to order using their own part numbers.

This is a very efficient outfit, with 15 staff at the Mirfield base and a further 30 up and down the country involved in purchasing core. They process their products in a very clean, controlled environment in modern and well planned factory units.
Are their opportunities for auto recyclers?
There has always been a segment of the dismantling community that sees selling core akin to shooting yourself in the foot. Firstly, you don’t get much for the component and secondly, a reconditioned part sale can mean the loss of a second hand part sale.

Whether you follow that school of thought is for you to decide but for many core is seen as another part of the business. How many brake calipers for example do you actually sell and how many end up as scrap? To SS Components that caliper could be worth £3.00 to £8.00 which begs the question, are your better off selling excess stock for that sort money or selling it for scrap at say 30p? I know what SS Components would like you to do as surprise, surpise, they are always looking for core.

SS Connets tell us they are always looking for more core products - brake calipers, pumps, alternators, starters etc. Give them a call if you think this might be of interest.
Before you get out there and decide to fill your bins with unwanted components, a word of warning. You need to know what is wanted and what is acceptable as a core item, and what isn’t! For the smaller yard that means dealing with one of their collectors who is updated daily on what is in demand. It’s quite surprising what can be in demand with core going all the way back to the 1960’s being purchased. For the larger, more efficient dismantler, then there’s the opportunity to deal directly, even using your own part numbers.

“We will set this up so that the dismantler receives a regular email listing the parts we require”, said John. He continued, “To operate at an automated level it is essential for a company to utilise an effective stock management system. Back in the 70’s there were probably only three different starters fitted, now we handle over 10,000 different part numbers so it is essential we all know what particular part is being referenced. That said, we deal with many companies all over the world without difficulty”.

Currently, 80% of the business is brake calipers. The company is striving to increase volumes in many other core products. SS Components export 65% of their stock.

Coming back to their achievement; the Green Apple Award is the country’s major recognition for environmental endeavour and it is great to see our industry being recognised in this way. There were over 500 entries this year but when you appreciate that SS Components are saving around 800,000 tonnes of new steel and aluminium each year, you can’t help but be impressed.

If you want to know more, then contact Mark Heaps by email or call him on 01924 497440.

January 2015

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