On the road to CARS & MRE

Written by: Ali McQueen | Published:
Workshops at last year's show

As we approach the Complete Auto Recycling Show & Metals Recycling Event, we take a closer look at what’s in store for visitors ahead of the 2018 show. And, with a record number of exhibitors, visitors and speakers in attendance, CARS & MRE is jam-packed with activities and things to do across the two days.

Brexit and international trade

With Brexit on the horizon and the Chinese import restrictions in place, Europe and international trade are in focus at CARS & MRE.

Headlining the CARS theatre on the opening day of the show will be Artemis Hatzi-Hull, director general for end-of-life vehicles and batteries at the European Commission. He will look at the future of the vehicle dismantling industry within Europe, while assessing the existing challenges and planned actions for the change of the ELV directive.

He will be joined by Janet Kes, of Dutch dismantler ARN Europe, who will discuss the European Market, and Chad Counselman from US operator Counselman Autos, offering a State-side perspective.

Speaking in the MRE theatre is the London Metal Exchange, which will discuss the current activities of the organisation. As the world centre for metals trading, they are uniquely positioned to offer their insight and market observances. The export theme is supported by the Department for International Trade, which will present the services and materials available to support UK metals exporters.

Away from international markets, the government’s 2040 ban on diesel and petrol cars provides a new wave of challenges and opportunities for the ELV dismantling and recycling sector. The opening session will assess the new types of materials, technologies and parts that will be used in the make-up of cars in the near future.

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles will provide an overview of the latest low-emission options and show us the practical path to LEVs, providing visitors with a picture of what the car market could look like in 10 years.

Dr Stafford Lloyd from Riversimple will look at hydrogen vehicles and the future of sustainable mobility. Its ground-breaking two seater vehicle, the RASA, is one of the pioneers of the commercial hydrogen vehicle market.

There is also a critical session on Fire Prevention Plans, with contributions from consultants, industry associations and the Environment Agency. Other key sessions include metal theft, illegal operators and tyres and plastics. The full programme is available via the event websites.


In addition to conference sessions, visitors can also attend small workshops in The Skills Lab hosted by dismantling expert Salvage Wire. These short seminars are designed to spread awareness of best practice in relation to some of the more hazardous and difficult-to-dismantle items. Sessions include safe removal and storage of batteries, advanced parts and structures, latest vehicle technology and hybrid and electric vehicles.

Material processing

The event takes place every other year so there is a huge amount for both exhibitors and visitors to catch up on. With the Chinese restrictions affecting markets globally, there is a big emphasis on material processing at the 2018 event.

Eriez will present its combination of three eddy current separators, which offers 98% Zorba recovery, while ECY Haulmark will showcase its range of hydraulic attachments including scrap shears, magnets and handling grabs. Metals recycling equipment provider Lefort will be displaying one of its latest balers in the outdoor exhibition.

CARS headline partner, software provider Hollander International, will be presenting its products, which simplify the dismantling and inventory process, in the CARS theatre on day two.

New-to-the-market technology comes from Bosch Powertools, which will demonstrate its car-cutting technology and carbide blades that enable selective cutting of ELVs for more valuable returns.

Live demonstrations

CARS & MRE’s biggest feature is the live demonstration area, where visitors will witness equipment being put through its paces in its intended environment. With a range of primary shredders on show, among other machinery, visitors will be able to make informed decisions about which kit is best suited to their operation.

Doyle Machinery will be showcasing its Titan 950 DK. Manufactured by Arjes, it will shred a complete ELV down to 250mm, ready for end use or further reprocessing.

MRE headline partner Blue Fuchs will be loading a ZB Thor 1616 with a Fuchs MHL340, showing off the power, efficiency and dexterity of the two in combination.

Hammel will be demonstrating its high-power VB 950 DK, which offers low energy consumption, high performance and low noise and dust emissions.

CARS headline partner JCB will be presenting a range of equipment perfectly suited to scrap and ELV applications. Its machines include the Teletruk, the JS20MH material handler, Hydradig and Skid Steer Loader.

Once all demonstrations are complete, the area will be cleaned up with a Butti srl Industrial Broom, which attaches to a forklift.

Meet the buyer

CARS & MRE aims to facilitate much more than your average trade show and includes a host of additional networking events, business-focused seminars and things to do across the two days.

Day two (12 July) serves as International & Export Day. Visitors can meet with delegates from around the world and build up their network of exporters, brokers, ports and international businesses. Features unique to day two include tailored conference sessions, international representatives and a Meet the Buyer Lounge, where visitors will meet face-to-face with a range of buyers of scrap and secondary metal.

The Lounge will play host to a variety of different businesses –providing buyers with the opportunity to meet new suppliers and empowering sellers to get the best available rate.

Business doctors

Another brand-new feature for 2018 and a must-attend for all company directors is the Business Doctors Surgery. Attend one of the pre-arranged sessions or book a one-on-one to hear advice and guidance from experts in SME growth.

The Business Doctors specialise in hands-on support for small and medium-sized businesses and their insights and anecdotes are guaranteed to give attendees food for thought. Sessions include ‘Value Builder’ and ‘Breaking Big’ – perfect for those looking to build value and grow their business.

Jaguar Land Rover tour

Away from the demonstrations, exhibition and seminars, CARS & MRE plays host to a number of extracurricular experiences and opportunities to socialise with the industry.

On day one, witness what it takes to produce the Range Rover Velar and Jaguar F-pace by booking onto the subsidised Jaguar Land Rover factory tour, for just £35, which includes travel to and from the show. Or test yourself over uneven and bumpy terrain on a track designed by Land Rover itself, with a subsidised 4X4 driving experience located on-site.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to witness falconry displays and take advantage of the free bar, provided by Hensel Recycling.

Hensel Recycling will also be providing visitors to the Summer Party with a free drink. Sponsored by headline partner Hollander International, the relaxed and laidback evening will be in full swing on the evening of 11 July.

Visitors can indulge in the gourmet BBQ and enjoy the World Cup semi-final on the big outdoor screen. Tickets for this event are priced at just £30, which includes a free drink and meal.

For more information, visit www.metalsrecyclingevent.com or www.cars-expo.com

Ali McQueen is event manager of the CARA & MRE shows

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