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What will drive the automotive market in 2020?

Nearly 80 million vehicles were sold worldwide last year, according to market analysts. This is a slight dip compared to the 2018 level, and it is projected to fall by a further 2% this year. The question is: how will this impact the international car recycling community?

Many trends are shaping today’s automotive scrap market. This includes not only the recycling of car electronics and batteries but also ‘circular’ plastics and the production of lightweight vehicles. These topics – and many more – will be discussed in detail at the upcoming Automobile Recycling Congress (IARC 2020) from 11-13 March in Switzerland. A unique bonus for those attending is that admission to the prestigious Geneva Motor Show is included in the ticket.

The car industry annually collects:

  • 8 million gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel
  • 24 million gallons of motor oil
  • 8 million gallons of engine coolant
  • 5 million gallons of windshield washer fluid

Every year, IARC presents the latest car recycling technologies while bringing together 250+ decision makers from the end-of-life vehicle sector. Delegates include vehicle manufacturers, metal and plastic scrap traders, recyclers, engineers, researchers, policy makers etc.

The traditional networking dinner will be held on the first evening of the conference. The programme also offers two fascinating tours: one to Thévenaz-Leduc in Ecublens-Lausanne, the other to MTB Recycling in Trept in France. A trade exhibition will also be an important part of the event.

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