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Automotive recyclers exchange ideas

Global – ‘€˜Japanese recyclers have begun to expand their businesses to Asia,’€™ announced Japanese Automotive Recycling Association (JARA) Vice Chairman Minoru Gouko at the sixth International Roundtable on Auto Recycling (IRT), held recently in north-west England. Attended by industry representatives from across the globe, the conference offered a stage to current trends and issues relating to the worldwide automotive recycling business.

Besides hearing an update on the markets in Australia, Canada, Europe, India, Japan, Malaysia and the USA, delegates were also shown a video entitled ‘€˜375 Days of Disaster-Damaged Vehicle Recycling Activities in Tohoku’€™ which revealed the impact of last year’€™s Japanese earthquake and tsunami on the recycling sector.

‘€˜One of the highlights of this year’€™s IRT was the emergence of the Indian industry,’€™ states Steve Fletcher, IRT Chair and Managing Director of the Automotive Recyclers of Canada. He pointed out that delegates from the Society of Indian Automotive Manufacturers (SIAM) participated in all events, comparing the country’€™s ‘€˜highly fragmented’€™ market to that of Canada or the USA some 50 years ago.

By involving themselves with the IRT, India’€™s auto recyclers ‘€˜have seen a path forward’€™ that will ensure firm foundations are built for an important industry, Mr Fletcher argues. Captain Mohan Ram of SIAM confirms: ‘€˜No country can be full of doctors and midwives without having a thriving undertaker. That is exactly what India needs to develop: good undertakers for cars.’€™

This year’€™s IRT wrapped up with an animated discussion on themes such as: increased total losses; the thriving underground economy undermining legitimate business; the global emergence of the Green Recycled Parts brand; and the need for more data and interaction between car makers, insurers and repairers alike.

The next IRT is scheduled to be staged in Phoenix, USA, in November 2013 as part of the Automotive Recyclers Association’€™s annual convention.

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