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CARS 2016 looks like something special

CARS 2016
CARS 2016 - this event just gets better and better!
As auto recyclers we have often been neglected and overlooked as a sector. CARS 2012 at Hills, near Liverpool changed all that when our industry took centre stage. That was followed two years later with CARS 2014 based at Motorhog’s Doncaster site. Where does it go from here?

Anyone who attended CARS previously knows how great it is for our industry, not just for information, but the fun and excitement the show exudes as well. Both previous shows demonstrated this, being not only informative but a laugh as well with plenty to entertain. Environment Media Group (EMG), who run the show recently announced details of CARS 2016 which they tell us comes with some major changes to make the experience even better.

The most obvious difference is the venue, with the move from an auto recycling site to an exhibition site. I say exhibition site, but Donnington Park is not like a conventional site. Yes, there’s a great big exhibition hall (which is a converted Rolls Royce factory) but there’s also a superb outdoor exhibition space for all the kit we all like to see being put through its paces.
So why the move from a yard based show?
The reality is that there are very few sites that are large enough to host CARS. What cuts this list down further is the need for the show to based somewhere between London and Yorkshire, to make travel acceptable for most areas of the country. Then there’s the need for good links for international visitors. Because it takes place in the UK it’s easy to think of CARS only as a UK show but if you look at the facts, CARS 2014 had 1,300 visitors from 25 countries, with exhibitors from over 10 countries. That makes CARS not only European but very much an international show as well.

One of the aspects of CARS which makes it work so well for our industry is that the organisers, EMG recognise the importance of listening to the industry. They consult regularly with a steering committee comprising of expert industry professionals who are instrumental in providing guidance and direction for the event. Initially, the problem of a lack of suitable sites was a major concern for the steering group as the atmosphere of CARS is a key part of its success.

EMG took this on board. They didn’t just go out and find a conventional exhibition site. They found one that suits all the criteria and then discussed with the Environment Agency the need for a temporary site licence for the show’s demonstration areas. After all, this is what allows plant and machinery to be operated in a realistic manner. Show organiser, Daniella Jarvie-Thomas told atfPro, “For the show to work the the auto recycler, the exhibitors must be able to work their machines in a realistic manner. Donnington Park will let us do this and for the two days, we shall create that working yard environment. We are also planning visits to local businesses of interest. For the visitor it means more space, with more exhibitors and more to see”.

Another big change this year is that the entry ticket is free so you can afford to bring your key staff who may wish to attend training sessions at the skills lab and generally improve their knowledge of the industry. The ticket also includes your lunch and a drink so with free parking thrown in as well, there’s nothing much to pay on the day.

There’s loads more to CARS 2016 and over the coming months we shall pick up on individual aspects of the show in more detail. Aspects such as the conference programme, the gala dinner, the skills lab, tours, what fun and games are planned, there’s even the Donnington racing car collection that might be available.

The show is also being run in conjunction with the Metals Recycling Event (MRE) which takes place at the same time. EMG saw this as a sensible move as scrap metal is a major part of automotive recycling. The steering committee felt it made sense to extend coverage to the whole of the metals recycling sector who, like we were, are neglected when it comes to a dedicated show. Your CARS ticket will also allow entry to MRE for those who are interested. Who knows, you might find some new customers for your materials and some new ideas for future business development.

I know from the organisers that there are still elements being put in place and many of those come from the exhibitors themselves. The CARS 2016 website is now up and running and you can find out more here. If you have any comments or ideas for the organisers, you can let us know as we are on the steering committee and we shall make sure you opinions are passed on. The dates are July 14-15, 2016 -see your there.

September 2015

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