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Is it time to move into scrap?

Shredding vehicles
CARS is such a great opportunity to see new ideas and figure out if they can make your business better.
Let’s face it, you have the raw material and with CARS 2016 almost upon us, you have the perfect opportunity to look at new ways to generate future profits.


We all know ferrous prices are not good at the moment, but most of us have been around long enough to know that neither good times, nor bad last forever. So maybe now is a good time to start thinking about the scrap element in your vehicles.

Over the past few months, atfPro has looked at a number of ways that the metals value can be unlocked and we shall continue with this in the future. But in this article we want to think about the opportunity that CARS is going to give us to consider not just the various metal elements within each vehicle, but the vehicle as a whole.

This time there are two companies at CARS showing mobile shredders that can take a vehicle and turn it into shredded scrap. Those two companies are Hammel who we have seen before and Spanish manufacturer, ZB Group who you may not have heard of. These machines produce materials to specific standards and don’t come with much of the cost or baggage associated with setting up a static shredder site.

OK, unless you’re a large operation, you may be thinking that your small amount of vehicles doesn’t justify the investment. So why not create a local group of users to make that difference? I know that’s not as easy as it sounds but this is your profit that’s going out the gate.

And there’s more. The development in separation technology makes it very affordable now to further process those mixed shredded streams into higher value products. The benefit of linking CARS with MRE means it appeals more to those manufacturing separation equipment and we get the benefit. Companies like Redwave with their XRF-sensor based sorting technology, Blue Group showing their BlueMAC All Metal Separator or Niton who make non destructive analysers will be there. That’s why we feel the industry has a perfect opportunity to extend their reach - at CARS this time you can put together the whole process, from start to finish. You can even take a look at FRED, the number one software package for scrap processors.

Don’t forget the pre-processing - engines, cats, looms etc.; there is a list as long as your arm of exhibitors who can help. And if you decide that the scrap path is not for you, then CARS also has some great merchants on hand such as Wards, or Ripley to name a couple, who you can talk to about those various material streams you already have. Who knows, they may suggest something else that you haven’t yet thought about. You have a real bonus this time thanks to MRE so don’t waste it. It will be two years before this opportunity comes around again.

Something else worth remembering is that there’s no charge this year. By sharing the costs between two related shows, the organisers have managed to get rid of the entry charge. This should make it easier for dismantlers to bring their key members of staff, and the more knowledge they have about the way things can be done, the better it should be for your business. You never know, they might see something you missed!

Talking to the organisers, it seems pretty obvious that this year’s CARS should be the best show yet with preregistrations already way in excess of the last two shows. If you haven’t registered yet, then go to the website now and do it while it’s on your mind!

May 2016

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