e2e and ABP join forces to produce the e2e Reclaimed Parts Report
e2e Total Loss Vehicle Management, the UK’s unique, nationwide vehicle recycling network, is delighted to announce, that in association with the ABP Club, it has conducted research into the use of reclaimed parts by insurers and bodyshops. The e2e Reclaimed Parts Report will be published on the e2e website and Company LinkedIn page and distributed with the ABP Quarterly Magazine on April 4th.
Jim Loughran, CEO at e2e commented: “e2e provides insurers and bodyshops with access to the largest inventory of quality graded, warranty assured, provenance tested, OEM reclaimed parts in the UK; available from our nationwide network of vehicle recyclers, all of whom are certified to the VRA UK Standard for Reclaimed Parts. In 2022, our members re-invested £20,000,000+ into facilities and infrastructure supporting the supply of reclaimed parts and our clients benefit from a return rate of <3%. We believe, for the reclaimed parts market to mature effectively and deliver maximum efficiencies and mutual benefits to insurers and bodyshops, the sourcing and supply process must be better integrated across all parties.
We have undertaken this research, in association with the ABP Club, in order to gain understanding and insight into the processes and decision making behind the use of reclaimed parts for insurers and bodyshops. In asking the questions, and listening to what works well and what creates challenges; we can inform our thinking and continue to evolve our proposition to ensure that, as a network, we deliver a next-generation service that truly responds to market needs.”
David Cresswell, Chairman at the ABP Club said: “The accident repair industry has seen a huge growth in the use of reclaimed parts, as shown in the recent 2022 ABP State of the Industry Report: 79% of bodyshops now fit them and 74% told us that the volume fitted had increased in the last 12 months. Gaining a deeper insight into all aspects of reclaimed parts from our bodyshop and insurer members is something we see as being vital in ensuring this continued growth in their use. Understanding the benefits, and challenges of reclaimed parts in the accident repair industry and sharing this information with everyone will hopefully help to shape the way this important element of the repair process is managed in the future.”
Southampton based Silverlake Automotive Recycling [Silverlake] has been awarded the Community Recycling Initiative of the Year at the inaugural Vehicle Recycling Excellence Awards.
The award recognises Silverlake’s support for and involvement in its regional community and specifically its charity scheme, U-Donate-A-Car. Silverlake re-launched U-Donate-A-Car in November 2021 to raise much needed funds for small, community charities in the wake of the pandemic. These charities often lack the funds to promote themselves and so can lose out to the bigger, well-known charities. The cost-of-living crisis has compounded the difficulties being faced by the vulnerable and disadvantaged who are often relying on community charities, such as food banks, as a life-line. And naturally, charitable giving has been affected as household budgets struggle to manage with increasing bills.
With U-Donate-A-Car, customers can give anything from £5 upwards to small community charities from the sale of their vehicle to Silverlake. 100% of their donation goes to Silverlake’s national charity partner, Global’s Make Some Noise, who distribute funds to community charities via their grant scheme. Helping to make it super easy for customers, Silverlake handles all the DVLA paperwork and collects the car for free at a pre-agreed convenient time.
Silverlake pledged to raise £20,000 through the scheme in 12 months and is on track to hit its target. The community got behind the initiative with support from the Mayor of Southampton, regional media and Eastleigh Football Club. Students from regional colleges entered a competition to design a car sticker for donators which is now in production and can be seen on cars out on the roads.
Allen Prebble, managing director at Silverlake said: “It was wonderful for the team to receive the recognition of the Community Recycling Initiative of the Year Award. In the Southampton region, U-Donate-A-Car is providing funds to Abby’s Heroes, which supports children, teenagers, young adults and their families when diagnosed with cancer; and Andy’s Man Club, a talking group and a place for men to come together in a safe environment to talk about issues and problems, helping to prevent suicide - the biggest killer of men under 50 - and support their mental health. The fact we can help to make a difference to these brilliant charities and more is what spurs us on. The award is the icing on the cake.”
Copart UK Ltd, the UK’s leading vehicle remarketing and recycling company, is formally announcing the acquisition of Hills Salvage and Recycling - The Green Parts Specialist. The acquisition includes 3 sites, the Skelmersdale HQ 25 acre site, a site acquired recently by Hills in Scotland and a Gloucestershire parts hub. All assets including the Hills UK transporter fleet and specialist technology systems will be included in the sale.
Copart Inc, from its inception, has been an innovative company working in continuous collaboration with its customers on both the seller and buyer side. When our customers asked us to expand into the green parts market we were keen to meet their needs to help facilitate transparency and provenance in the repair cycle.
In addition compound factors such as Brexit, the cost and availability of new parts, and our ambition to align to our customers ESG needs, coupled with our sustainability strategy means that now is the most appropriate time to add this capability.
The Hill’s philosophy is totally aligned to Copart culture and we are delighted that Ian, Lucy and their team will continue to run this new partnership venture. Over the years Hills has had many approaches to sell the business but chose Copart as they felt this was the best way to secure future growth within a company that shares the enthusiasm and passion for customers as they do.
Copart intend to fully leverage ‘The Green Parts Specialist’ brand and offer UK wide solutions by leveraging Copart’s nationwide infrastructure.
Copart’s UK CEO Jane Pocock commented on the deal:
“I am super excited to welcome the Hills team to the Copart family and looking forward to extending our range of services that give our sellers the very best choice around their Cat S and Cat B damaged vehicles and engaging with the body shop networks to provide parts with provenance.”
“When you combine the strength of our salvage solutions, both in the volume and capability sense, with Hills’ world class green parts service and progressive inventory platform, we really can offer an unrivalled nationwide service.
“In addition to that, our huge buyer base will benefit as we will provide a sustainable and viable ‘parts shop’ offering them access to both the largest stock of vehicles, and now green parts.“
“Looking forward Copart will operate the business as a complimentary entity, retaining all existing employees and expertise, supplementary to our salvage and automotive businesses.
“We also recognise the close and very valuable relationships Hills have with their own existing customers and fully intend to ensure these remain ‘as is’ and managed by the team of experts at Hills.
Copart remains a truly innovative company with a very exciting future. This acquisition coincides with Copart celebrating 15 years in the UK and demonstrates our vision to be the partner of choice for our customers.”
Ian Hills, Managing Director of Hills said:
“Hills Salvage & Recycling and The Green Parts Specialist are recognised leaders in the UK recycling industry. Combining our parts solution with the infrastructure and vehicle inventory of Copart opens up a tremendous opportunity to offer an unparalleled service to the UK insurance and repair industry through our circular recycling process”
“The Green Parts and recycling industry has experienced unprecedented growth in recent years and much of that has been through the work we have carried out to change the perception of our industry, highlighting the commercial and environmental opportunity that Green Parts can offer. Today, the insurance and collision repair industry appetite for Green Parts is unwavering as we experience record numbers of green parts requests against a global backdrop of OEM parts shortages and rising inflation.”
“Save for rebranding to The Green Parts Specialist, I don’t expect any changes about how we do things at Hills. Our strategic goal has always been to offer the UK’s largest inventory of quality assured Green Parts on the shelf, available for next day delivery. Combining our infrastructure with Copart has simply accelerated that process for which our customers will benefit hugely.”
“Hills Salvage & Recycling was founded and continues to operate as a family run business with the customer at the heart of our solution. We have come a long way on a journey that began some 40 years ago as a small body shop, started by my parents Jeff & Dorothy Hill. The credit for our success should be theirs and our incredible team who have all worked tirelessly to build the salvage and recycling business from the ground up resulting in what you see today.”
“I am extremely proud of the business and the team we have created and they continue to support myself and Lucy to work with Jane at Copart to meet our future ambitions.”
Silverlake Automotive Recycling [Silverlake] welcomes Greg Rose to its Senior Management Team as Continuous Improvement Manager, a newly created role within the business. Greg, a qualified mechanical engineer, brings over two decades’ exacting experience of providing engineering services to the motorsport industry, including running motorsport teams for vehicle manufacturers and private investors, with responsibility for preparing and maintaining race cars to deliver track performance. His appointment at Silverlake will see him develop, refine and streamline processes across the business ensuring maximum return on every salvage vehicle, either through re-marketing and auction or via dismantling and the provision of reclaimed parts.
Since joining on September 1st 2022, Greg is already driving efficiencies through process change and creating new commercial opportunities. A new workshop is being set up specifically for the management of high value vehicles, alongside the electric vehicle processing bays, and their associated damage assessment processes. Segregating these vehicles protects the asset and expedites the route to realising maximum value; it also provides opportunities to rotate and upgrade the skill sets of our current and new vehicle technicians, keeping them up to date with the latest vehicle technology. Under his direction, the company is also improving its motorcycle facility to reflect the increasing demand for reclaimed motorcycle parts. A new, bespoke crane and pulley system to lift crash damaged motorcycles onto ramps for inspection, designed by Greg himself, is being installed and the new motorcycle facility is expected to open in November.
Allen Prebble, Managing Director at Silverlake explains: “The salvage and recycling market continues to evolve rapidly. We have more vehicles than ever coming through the business and an ever-increasing demand for our reclaimed parts. Silverlake has ambitious growth plans and Greg’s experience will help us to ensure the business scales efficiently and sustainably through process improvement which incorporates our service values. We service the motorsport industry with our reclaimed parts and we participate with three race teams in the Silverlake C1 Racing Series. The best race teams run like clockwork and Greg is renowned for running some of the best race teams; we are proud and delighted that he has joined our Senior Management Team.”
Greg Rose, Continuous Improvement Manager at Silverlake said: “My racing background taught me that you have to find an advantage somewhere, and there’s always somewhere to find it. In my first six weeks at Silverlake, I was fortunate to attend the Automotive Recycling Association (ARA) Conference in the US and more recently the VRA Conference in the UK, both of which were great springboards into the industry; meeting others, gaining insights and informing my thinking. In applying and tailoring my existing knowledge and expertise around efficiencies and lean process management, and alongside my colleagues in the Senior Management Team, I plan to influence so many advantage opportunities for Silverlake and deliver commercial and service value against each of them. Joining the company at such an exciting time in its continuing development is inspiring, especially as I have joined the industry at a poignant and progressive time in its history.”
Abanaki - helping you go the extra mile
With strict EA laws in place, it is required that vehicle dismantlers are responsible for any pollutants, otherwise, failure to do so can result in hefty fines.
When it comes to oil, the main goal for vehicle dismantlers is to keep the oil from reaching any natural water source. To do this, site operators must keep the pits or interceptors clean. Should the interceptors become too full, there is the chance that the oil or hydrocarbons can leech into the groundwater, which can cause an environmental disaster. It’s also crucial to keep the interceptors clean in case there is ever a flood. Heavy rainwater can cause the interceptors to run over and again seep into the nearby groundwater.
Emptying interceptors is a job that can be messy, time-consuming, and labour intensive. Additionally, it can also be very expensive.
So, what is a good option for emptying an interceptor?
Abanaki’s oil skimmers come to mind, one such piece of kit is the Model 4 oil skimmer.
This piece of kit is a dependable and effective means of removing oil from water and water-based solutions and can be used in tanks with depths as shallow as 0.3mt, or as deep as 30mt. It utilises a continuous belt and wiper to remove up to 60 litres of oil per hour from the fluid surface. The belt, operating on a motor and pulley system, runs through contaminated liquid to pick up oil from the surface. After travelling over the head pulley, the belt passes through tandem wiper blades where oil is scraped off both sides of the belt and discharged. The tail pulley has flanges that allow it to roll freely on the inside of the belt without becoming dislodged. It requires no bearings and does not need to be fastened to the tank. If turbulent conditions exist, an optional tether and cage assembly prevent the tail pulley from being dislodged.
Graham Smith, UK Sales Manager at Abanaki, highlights the benefits of why vehicle dismantlers should opt for their products:
“For over 10 years, I have been going to ATFs throughout the UK to help find solutions for their drainage systems and to help them stay compliant with EA regulations. In this time, I have seen many changes towards the responsibilities that vehicle recyclers have made towards keeping their yards more sustainable, following good practice and working more efficiently.
Although the past year or so has been difficult for many, what has been encouraging is how many yard owners have been utilising those quieter months to find out more about how they can improve their yards.
Why Choose an Oil Skimmer?
Oil skimming makes use of the differences in specific gravity and surface tension between oil and water. These physical characteristics allow the belt to attract oil and other hydrocarbon liquids from the surface of the fluid. Often, oil skimming by itself will reduce oil to an acceptable level of water purity. Depending on the characteristics of the liquid, it is possible for oil skimmers alone to reduce oil content to less than five parts per million in water. The unit can be used as a pretreatment before filtration and in conjunction with coalescing systems as part of an industrial wastewater treatment plan. Oil skimmers offer a cost-effective and environmentally sound solution to oil in water problems.
Some of the key benefits in utilising the Model 4 are that it is simple to use, it alleviates some of the burden of day to day tasks, and it is very easy to train someone on how to operate the skimmer. In terms of cost, the Model 4 makes drastic improvements at keeping costs down.
Dave Horsnell, Owner of DLH Auto Recyclers, based in Norfolk, owns and uses an Abanaki Model 4 oil skimmer and here’s what he had to say about this piece of kit:
“After seeing the model 4 oil skimmer demonstrated at various trade exhibitions, I could see the benefits of having this type of equipment installed in our own drainage system. The Skimmer is easy to install and removes all oil that finds its way into our oil and water separator. When you turn it on, it just gets on with the job of removing the oil, and since its installation, we have not needed a contractor to pump out any waste oil from our tank, which is a big saving. I now see this piece of equipment as essential for the modern-day dismantler’s drainage system.”
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