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CARS2016 - What we liked at this year’s event

Could the organisers, EMG pull off a decent outdoor demo without a yard - we weren't sure but the answer was a definite YES!

We always look forward to CARS but this year, with it being at Donington Park rather than a working automotive recycler’s yard, we wondered how the show would feel. According to the organisers, EMG they had over 1200 visitors to the show with 36 speakers and 74 exhibitors including four companies in the live demonstration area.

Surprise, surprise; our fears that the outdoor demo would be a disappointment were totally unfounded. In fact, the demonstration was one of the best with elvs being pre-stripped by a Kobelco car dismantling machine to separate the higher value materials then the hulk being passed to Hammel’s mobile shredder using an excavator and grab. All in all, a very neat demo.

I mentioned the name Kobelco. This was quite a surprise as we had previously heard of their car dismantling machines, from UK dismantlers who visited Japan over a decade ago for an IRT meeting, but we had never before seen them here. In fact, seeing the Kobelco machines in Japan is what prompted Richard Stewart of Dumfries based, D A Autoparts to work with Powerhand to develop their VRS. It was also good to see the latest developments on the powerhand machine at the show. We shall take a close look at both of these in the near future.

While we were in the outdoors are, we were also impressed with EH Hassell’s stand where they had on show not only Sennebogen material handlers and Ing. Bonfiglioli scrap metal balers and shears, but also Panizzolo’s Portable Flex 1000 system. They took on this agency last year and it is a mobile shredder that uses a quick change cradle system so the operator can easily change the type of material he is shredding.

Inside the hall, there was plenty to see and do. We shall be covering many of the seminars over the coming months but there were a number of stands that took us by surprise. One of those was Revvedup, an online shop system for auto recyclers that we hadn’t come across before. Speaking to CEO, Robert Cullen, it soon became obvious that what Revvedup were doing was different to anyone else. This looks like an easy route for anyone wanting to sell parts on line. They do all the hard work; all you need to start selling is a standard PC, a good WiFi connection and an iPad. There are no up front fees as everything is commission based. We shall take a close look at this system in the near future but in the meantime, we would love to hear from any users.

Another machine we were pleased to see was one of Guidetti’s cable granulators on the Green Car Stand. It was touch and go whether they would have a machine in time as they only recently took on the UK agency. This interested us as we are keen to take a close look at the potential financial benefits from operating a cable granulator in the yard.

While we are talking cables, another new name we hadn’t come across was Exante who were showing a range of cable strippers but also sell a range of non-ferrous processing equipment that could well be of interest to those looking at greater material separation in the future.

Blue Group had one huge excavator in the hall; it’s hard to imagine how they got it in! We were hoping that Blue would also have ZB Group’s Thor series mobile hammermill shredder at the show but it wasn’t to be. I guess I will have to go to Spain to take a look at that one.

There was plenty more to shout about; FAB did a great job of flying the flag for auto recyclers and it was good to see AFF making use of the show to make new contacts and build new business for the future. We find it hard to understand why more auto recyclers and scrap merchants can’t see the benefit of being there. Just turning up is not enough. You sell vehicles and parts, many to those involved in the industry. Inter-trading could and should be far more significant in this industry and it’s at CARS you can make those new contacts. The same applies to the scrap metal merchants. Don’t they want more business? With more and more high value metals being removed by the dismantlers, it makes CARS-MRE a great place to find new customers and buy more metal - where else gives you 1,200 serious visitors in this marketplace?

There was so much more to the show that we haven’t covered here - the gala dinner - the workshops - the conferences - if you missed it well you missed the chance to see the latest products, to make new contacts and create new business. Oh well, there’s always next time!

August 2016

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