SYNETIQ, the UK’s largest salvage and vehicle recycling company, has welcomed three new additions to its IT team – a mark of its commitment to investment and innovation.

 

(left to right: Sean Maller, Robert Ralston & Navya Areti)

Two new Senior Developers have joined to strengthen the team’s capacity, as the business prepares for the next chapter of its capabilities.

Sean Maller is the latest addition to the .Net Team, and will focus on software improvement, ensuring SYNETIQ remains a market leader in innovation and process.

Robert Ralston is the latest addition to the AWS development team and brings his experience gained in the Fleet Management industry, making him ideally placed for the role. SYNETIQ is a leading provider of Green Parts and Mechanical Solutions to fleets across the UK; Robert’s knowledge of CRM system development will enhance client and customer experience.

Navya Areti joins as Amazon Web Services (AWS) DevOps Engineer, and will be working closely with SYNETIQ’s IT development teams. Navya’s background is in the creation of cloud infrastructure – she will help the team move projects into the cloud, reduce cost, improve reliability, and continue to plan for the future.

Dave Harcourt, IT Director at SYNETIQ, said: “Investment in our team will help us offer the best possible experience to our clients and customers. I’m excited for what’s in store over the coming months and confident we’re set up to drive our industry forward through investment and innovation.”

 

September 2020

Media Release

 

Tyre Recovery Association Limited

 

TRA welcomes new portside storage rules for TDRM

 

The announcement by the Environment Agency that it has approved a new time-limited Regulatory Position Statement (RPS 238) allowing enhanced materials storage at dockside has been widely welcomed by TRA members.

The RPS will permit up to 5000t of PAS107-processed and compliant material to be stored portside in secure conditions prior to bulk loading and shipment primarily for use as tyre-derived fuel overseas.

 

Commented Peter Taylor, TRA Secretary-General, ‘For some time now it has been clear that regulatory changes were required to facilitate the shipment of processed tyre shred and chip from the UK to destinations where bulk, as opposed to containerised, loading was the norm.  This revised RPS will not only enable that to happen but will greatly improve the economics of this trade so placing us on an equally competitive footing with much of the rest of Europe.’   

He continued, ‘What is more, this semi-processed material should largely displace the destructive trade in baled whole tyres which in recent times has brought such damage to market development in the UK and elsewhere.  The TRA would like to commend the Environment Agency for recognising the need for this change in regulation which will undoubtedly contribute to greater market stability and investment and, in turn benefit the UK economy as a whole.’

 

RPS 238 - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/storing-tyre-shred-at-a-port-rps-238

 

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About the TRA

A cornerstone of the body is its support for the Responsible Recycler Scheme.  All TRA members are fully accredited by the scheme, which ensures that all tyres collected, recycled or reprocessed by them are disposed of or reused in an environmentally friendly or acceptable methods. However, markets for tyre recovery continue to grow and develop and as the EU Landfill Directive is applied right across Europe a new international dimension will evolve. The Tyre Recovery Association has the independent ability to pursue its broader objectives at both industry and government levels, generate performance data specific to its member’s interests as well as develop stronger links across the tyre recycling world. See more at: http://www.tyrerecovery.org.uk

British Gas is one of the UK’s best-known companies, with a history stretching back over 200 years. Its iconic bright blue vans are a regular sight on the road, carrying thousands of Engineers between homes and businesses across the country.

The British Gas fleet is made up of around 11,400 vehicles, making it one of the largest in the country. Managing a fleet of this size comes with significant responsibilities – from environmental performance to the practicalities of vehicle downtime and cost reduction. Steve Winter, Head of Fleet at British Gas, says the business is always open to exploring new, innovative ways of working.

“We’re constantly considering new initiatives to keep our engineer’s mobile whilst doing right by our customers, employees and the environment,” says Steve. In March 2020, the business was named as Fleet of the Year at the Fleet News’ Awards, for its range of initiatives concerning vehicle downtime, driver welfare and environmental performance.

British Gas is in partnership with MyGreenFleet, a service provided by SYNETIQ, the UK’s largest salvage and vehicle recycling company. SYNETIQ prides itself on intelligent solutions and provides the compliant handling of British Gas salvage vehicles. No salvage vehicles are resold, with the shells crushed and recycled on site, ensuring they can never return to the road. 

Some vehicles still contain perfectly good, non-safety-related parts – known as green parts - and these are sold back to British Gas repair partners (Hitachi and SOPP+SOPP) for re-use on its own vehicles. This simple yet incredibly effective process has helped British Gas save millions of pounds since it began in 2012.

“What surprises me is the number of fleets which aren’t considering the use of green parts,” says Steve. “The cost savings and environmental benefits are clearly visible in the data provided by SYNETIQ, and we’re happy with the service provided.”

SYNETIQ green parts are OEM, non-safety critical, quality-controlled parts, such as doors, bumpers, and lights, and are perfect for reuse on damaged repairable British Gas vehicles. Parts are often already painted and stickered to match and are delivered to British Gas accident/fleet management partners using SYNETIQ MyGreenFleet inhouse logistics, within 48 hours. This means Engineers can get back on the road more quickly, and unnecessary manufacturing of new parts is reduced.

Since 2012, SYNETIQ MyGreenFleet have supplied over 1200 doors alone, for use on British Gas vehicles - saving more than 120,000kg of CO2 against comparable new doors. Over 6500 non-safety related green parts have been supplied in total, generating a truly significant saving.

Green parts are up to 70% cheaper when compared with new, OEM parts, and act as a like for like replacement. Accurate data is available to British Gas within MyGreenFleet, providing insight on cost savings, units, and performance against agreed service level agreements – such as delivery time. Use of green parts often reduces vehicle downtime, meaning Engineers can get back on the road more quickly.

Jason Cross, Client Relationship Director at SYNETIQ, says the business is proud to be trusted by British Gas. “We like saying yes,” says Jason. “We pride ourselves on removing the barriers or problems that crop up when operating such a vast fleet.” 

SYNETIQ also provides ‘waste and destock’ services, where a SYNETIQ employee can empty vans of equipment and personal belongings and securely return them, disposing of any waste.

Technical equipment used by Engineers can also be transferred from one vehicle to another in the event of it switching drivers. Ladders and scales are stored securely on SYNETIQ sites, and either returned to British Gas or transferred to another vehicle. This protects valuable equipment from theft and further reduces ‘vehicle of road’ (VOR) time. 

“We’re very proud to be trusted by British Gas – it means a lot to our business,” says Jason. “I’m pleased to share that Steve recently awarded us a score of ‘10’ in our recent client satisfaction survey. We’re looking forward to working with them to provide more intelligent solutions for the future.”

 

 

 

 

 

September 2020

Media Release

 

Tyre Recovery Association Limited

 

TRA recruits new Affiliate Members

 

Two supplier businesses closely linked to the end-of-life tyre recovery chain in the UK have joined the Tyre Recovery Association.

 

The new member companies are:

 

  Accent Wire based in Solihull, West Midlands and Bradford, Yorkshire

 

And;

 

Gateway Resources of Dubai, UAE.

 

Accent Wire is a supplier of metal strap bands for PAS107 bales while Gateway Resources is an established Gulf-based trader.

 

TRA Secretary General, Peter Taylor welcomed these latest additions, ‘We not only continue to grow, we are also expanding our breadth of membership and thus the services we provide to each other and to the wider UK tyre industry.’

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About the TRA

A cornerstone of the body is its support for the Responsible Recycler Scheme.  All TRA members are fully accredited by the scheme, which ensures that all tyres collected, recycled or reprocessed by them are disposed of or reused in an environmentally friendly or acceptable methods. However, markets for tyre recovery continue to grow and develop and as the EU Landfill Directive is applied right across Europe a new international dimension will evolve. The Tyre Recovery Association has the independent ability to pursue its broader objectives at both industry and government levels, generate performance data specific to its member’s interests as well as develop stronger links across the tyre recycling world. See more at: http://www.tyrerecovery.org.uk

 

When reliability is key, choosing a Sennebogen is a must. SYNETIQ, the largest salvage and vehicle recycling company in the UK, has invested in a new Sennebogen 830 E scrap handler supplied by Molson Green.

SYNETIQ has been on a remarkable growth trajectory since it launched last year. Now arguably the largest business of its kind in Europe, SYNETIQ has sites positioned throughout the UK, including the impressive 27-acre site on Bentley Moor Lane in Doncaster that is home to their new Sennebogen 830E.

Sennebogen recently visited the flagship Doncaster site to meet with SYNETIQ Operations Director, Ray Curry, to understand how the business operates and why they have chosen to go with a Sennebogen 830 E supplied by Molson Green.

Ray describes the baling plant at the flagship Doncaster site as the “beating heart of the business”, with approximately 80% of the vehicles being handled by the Sennebogen as they are put into the bailer and subsequently loaded into articulated wagons. Ray went on to say; “On a busy week the bailing plant can process around 700 vehicles. With that sort of throughput, the reliability of our plant and machinery is key. With lorries constantly delivering new stock and taking away processed vehicles, a breakdown can easily cause our operation significant problems”.

“Although we had previously been purchasing scrap handlers manufactured by another brand, we have had experience of the Sennebogen products at one of our legacy businesses prior to the merger. The big green machines had proven to be a dependable member of the team, so after looking at the huge range available we decided to speak to Molson Green about a potential new machine.”

“I have to say that the team at Molson Green where very knowledgeable and easy to deal with. Following a few conversations and a visit to our facility, we established which machine would best suit our requirements and a demo machine was on its way for our operators to put it to the test… a test that it passed with flying colours. The Sennebogen delivered on all the things we knew it would from the spec sheet; such as reach, capacity and power, but it was the operator feedback on comfort of the cab, visibility and smoothness of control that made it an easy choice to make. Our operators where such a fan of the machine it never left the yard”.

 

The Sennebogen 830E that SYNETIQ decided to go with, offers an impressive 17m reach (measured from centre of slew ring to stick pin) from the K17 boom and stick. Using the four stabilisers to raise the wheeled undercarriage off the ground, the operator can remain in one location and take the stripped vehicles, load them into the bailer, stockpile them once processed and even load incoming waggons without having to move. 

To assist operators in completing tasks more efficiently, this 830E has a high-rise cab, with additional screen and roof protection allowing the operator’s eye level to raise up to approx.5.65m.  The operator can then see clearly into trailers when loading ensuring the load is filled to maximum capacity and with a greater degree of accuracy.

Inside the cab, the operator has an uninterrupted forward view thanks to the Sennebogen’s joystick steering. The benefit with joystick steering is there is no bulky steering column blocking the operators view to the ground where the majority of sorting is completed in this application.

Machine access and operator daily checks are also very straightforward. The factory fitted 3-point access steps and ladders along with the upper carriage “boxing ring” giving the operator a safe and secure area to work in. The daily checks can be done from ground level and the centrally mounted grease points for the undercarriage, autolube on upper carriage mean there is no requirement to crawl under the machine.

Molson Green Sales Manager, Dave Peacock said; “Ray and his team where very clear from the outset on what the machine had to do and made it very clear to me how we had to support them as a dealer. Any concerns about the after-sales backup support from Molson where quickly addressed when we discussed our 10 service locations, significant stock holding of spare parts and the network of over 75 service engineers.

Dave went on to say; “When you are dealing with machinery, a problem at some point down the line is inevitable, but it is the way you deal with it that counts. The Sennebogen product is well known in all their key industries as one of high quality and reliability, and Molson have backed this up with recent investments in our back-end IT structure and additional service locations.   We are now a true nationwide service provider which means that we are incredibly well placed to support all customers from a one site operation, through to a business on the scale of SYNETIQ”.

 

Ray continued this point by saying; “As you would expect we haven’t had a problem with the Sennebogen yet and I have faith in the machines build quality to think that we won’t for some time to come, but having the support of a business like Molson means that we can be sure that our business won’t grind to a halt in the event of a breakdown. The fact that Molson continued to support their customers working in key industries such as waste and recycling throughout lockdown shows me that they are as committed as we are”.

During the Coronavirus pandemic, SYNETIQ received key worker classification from DEFRA. The business put a proportion of its workforce on furlough to reflect the initial downturn in demand at the start of lockdown, as well as to ensure a safe (socially distant) working environment could be provided for those workers who remained. This period offered opportunity for SYNETIQ to consolidate some of their satellite sites’ operations and make major improvements to their facilities, as well as having a good clear out of older stock.

Ray went on to say; “The biggest change to our business driven by the COVID crisis has been in our Green Parts operation. We took the decision to close our customer counters, reducing the risk for our colleagues and walk in customers alike. This left us with MyGreenFleet (a green parts procurement platform), our eBay shop and our website to generate all the sales of parts. With a reduction in employees in our call centre, we turned to technology to help us meet customer demand. We have introduced webchat and been able to increase the sales from our website, whilst operating with approximately 50% of the usual team dealing with enquiries”.