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Friday, 4 November 2011

Complete Auto Recycling Show - June 2012

Hills Salvage and Recycling Ltd will host CARS, the Complete Auto Recycling Show from June 14-16, 2012. CARS has been organised to give the auto recycling sector, which includes everything from recovery operators to materials processors, salvage auctions to remanufacturers, a focus for moving the industry forward.

CARS is much more than a trade show. This is a 3 day event which will include an extensive array of seminars, open forums and training sessions with the added plus of a social side. There will also be 60-100 stands from suppliers to our industry. Running alongside CARS will be the International Roundtable on Auto Recycling (IRT) which comes to Europe next year. IRT takes place approximately every two years and has in past years taken place in USA, Japan, Australia and in 2010, Canada. In 2012 IRT will be based in Liverpool, with Hills base in Skelmersdale, (which is a stone’s throw away) being used for many of the roundtable meetings and forums, as part of the CARS event.

For those who have not come across IRT before, it is a gathering of auto recycling associations from around the world who meet to discuss association and industry issues so that they can all share what is happening in own their countries. Hills Salvage and Recycling’s MD, Ian Hill is part of the steering team moving IRT and CARS forward. He, as many of us believe the UK auto recycling industry has long been neglected and CARS gives us an exciting opportunity to pull all sectors of our industry together. “Those of us who visit ARA and similar events in the States and around the world are more than aware of the benefits of getting together with interested parties who want to improve their businesses “ said Ian. He continued, “This is why we are so keen to launch CARS, so that UK auto recyclers can gain these benefits. And with the IRT, we have the added bonus of a large addition of international auto recyclers which gives us in the UK, a golden opportunity to benefit from others experience”. We anticipate that over 500 people will attend from Europe and around the world. This is the one event that all those involved in auto recycling need to be at.

To prepare for next year’s IRT and CARS, Ian and the team have put together a format to create an exciting event, loosely basing CARS on the ‘IT’ show in the USA. This show has been extremely successful over the past 10 years and you can find out more about this particular show from its website - Ian explained, “This format is relaxed, very informative and a great deal of fun for both exhibitors and visitors. We believe it will create the ideal environment for developing the skills and professionalism required by our industry in the modern world”. CARS is a yard based event and will take place at Hills Salvage and Recycling’s Skelmersdale site near Liverpool. There will be plenty of exhibitors showing equipment and services used by our industry. From computers to cable granulators, depollution equipment to car balers, but don’t forget, CARS is much more than trade stands. There will also be live demonstrations so you can actually see and compare equipment. There will be site visits, seminars and training programmes with top speakers from the USA and Europe. There will also be a fund raising auction plus other events to raise donations for charity.

CARS is very social. On the Thursday night there is a welcome with drinks and canap├ęs; on Friday night there’s a band and dance with free food and drink. There will even be a charity nails and champagne bar for ladies who have had enough of talking shop and a formula 1 simulator for those who like a little competition - look out for the trophies! When we say free, well it’s almost free! Ian added, “Although everything is free for the 3 day event, visitors will pay £50+vat with a reduced price for additional employees, friends and family, but the entrance fee does cover everything - food, drink, seminars, training - the only thing you have to pay for is your hotel and any raffle tickets/auction bids etc. CARS will even run shuttle buses to and from local hotels so parking won’t be an issue and you don’t have to worry about drinking and driving”!

Another member of the CARS steering team, Terry Charlton of Charlton Recycled Autoparts explained CARS this way, “CARS is fun, CARS is casual, CARS is educational, CARS is where you need to be next year. Car is for employees and families, it’s jeans and trainers, definitely no ties unless you want a fine for charity! CARS is for auto recyclers, their employees and families.”

The website, is now up and running and visitor preregistration will be available shortly, as will the full 3 say schedule of events. In the meantime tell other auto recyclers about the show and let companies that you deal with know that they need to be there. Any companies wanting to take advantage of this unique opportunity to market their products and services to the auto recycling industry can request a vendor pack which includes all the details and site plan for the show by emailing

Contact details for CARS:



Tel: 01544 267140

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