SYNETIQ has announced its intention to expand its Gloucester site after sharing the news with its clients and colleagues last week. 

A multi-million-pound investment is already underway that will deliver new concrete works, large-scale racking systems, more purpose-built depollution facilities, and remodelled premium breaking and parts storage facilities. 

The changes will mean the closure of the long established Cinderford site by the end of September, with the migration of most of its employees, capabilities and processes transferring to the new flagship SYNETIQ site. 

This announcement of SYNETIQs commitment to expansion in the South West follows shortly behind a similar strategy and show of commitment to expanding its operations in Scotland to provide national coverage for clients and customers. 


Jason Cross, Client Director of SYNETIQ said:


The investment in the expansion of our Gloucester site is exciting, driven by our aspiration to lead the industry whilst delivering an exceptional, compliant and innovative service to our clients. This move is testament to our confidence in our business and our people, who will have the chance to develop and grow within our ambitious and scalable organisation.”

 As Coronavirus caused unprecedented disruption to businesses across the UK, SYNETIQ, as a DEFRA-classified key service, continued to support its key worker clients, including Insurers, Ambulance services, Police forces and supermarket delivery vehicles, providing salvage and dismantling services, green parts and Mechanical Solutions and this investment is continued evidence of that commitment.

The Federation have been asked to investigate the potential for a recovery driver catching the Coronavirus (Covid-19) from a vehicle that he or she is collecting from a person identified as carrying the illness. 

It must be made very clear that BVSF staff are NOT experienced or medically trained so are relying on information found and received when investigating this potential and cannot be held responsible for any expert errors in this regard.

The new Coronavirus is, as we know, a respiratory illness, which means it typically spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes, droplets carrying viral particles can land on someone else's nose or mouth or get inhaled.

But, a person can also catch the new coronavirus if they touch a surface or object that has viral particles on it and then touch their mouth, nose, or eyes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The lifespan of the virus on a surface — a door handle,  a stair banister, or even money — depends on many factors, including the surrounding temperature, humidity, and type of surface.

Although we are initially advised the likely lifespan is only hours to perhaps a day, the variables can make the life expectancy, potentially a lot longer.

How long the coronavirus survives on surfaces

A study recently published in the Journal of Hospital Infection looked at the lifespans of other coronaviruses found in humans on various surfaces. The SARS coronavirus for example, at a temperature of 20 degrees Celsius, lasted for two days on steel, four days on wood and glass, and five days on metal, plastic, and ceramics. (The researchers also found that one strain of SARS lasted up to nine days on a plastic surface at room temperature.)

It is suggested that these timescales are likely to apply to the new coronavirus, since smooth, nonporous surfaces like doorknobs and tabletops are better at carrying viruses in general. Porous surfaces — like money, hair, and fabric — don't allow viruses to survive as long because the small spaces or holes in them can trap the microbe and prevent its transfer.

Your smartphone, with all its glass and aluminum, can also carry viral particles.

On the basis of the above it would appear that a vehicle could conceivably pose a danger to a recovery staff member for a week, perhaps even a little longer after having an infected person within it sneezing/coughing etc etc.

As members of the Federation it is up to you how you deal with this potential timescale as of course you will not be sure when the last time a carrier of the illness will have been in the car potentially leaving the virus in there.

The surrounding temperature makes a big difference

The recent study also found that spikes in temperature made a difference in the lifespans of coronaviruses. An 10-degree Centigrade jump, from 20 degrees to 30 degrees, decreased how long SARS lasted on steel surfaces by at least 50%.

That's because some coronaviruses, including this new one, have a fat layer that protects viral particles when traveling from person to person in the air. That sheath can dry out, however, killing the virus. So higher humidity, moderate temperatures, low wind, and a solid surface are all good for a coronavirus' survival which of course could be a problem for members when getting into a car owned or used by a Coronavirus sufferer.

This also explains why respiratory viruses are typically seasonal as cooler temperatures help harden the protective gel-like coating that surrounds the particles.

How to disinfect surfaces

The authors of the recent study noted that human coronaviruses could be "efficiently inactivated" on surfaces within one minute if they're cleaned with solutions containing 62% to 71% ethanol alcohol, 0.5% hydrogen peroxide, or 0.1% sodium hypochlorite.

It is possible that these surface disinfectants could even work within 15 seconds according to experts but to get the kill rates advertised on the packaging, though, that usually involves waiting for several minutes — between five minutes and six minutes." BUT, how much of a car do you clean !!!

Stop touching your face, and wash your hands

The importance of washing your hands and not touching your face must be strongly emphasized— those are the best ways to minimize your chance of picking up the coronavirus from surfaces.

However, the “experts” advise that you cannot become infected through your hands alone so if you never touch your eyes, nose or mouth you will be far safer….how many of us can manage that though !

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Welcome to the website of the British Vehicle Salvage Federation which is the representative body of the vehicle salvage industry in the United Kingdom. The members of the BVSF meet all statutory requirements and work to high standards laid down by the Federation which include adherence to the market wide vehicle salvage Code of Practice. The BVSF is recognised by all relevant Government departments and agencies, the Police, Insurers and other industry representative bodies with whom it has close links.  

 The BVSF Summer 2022 e-Mag is now live 

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e2e joins the MGAA to provide salvage and automotive recycling services to members  

Read more here...


Jane Pocock Recognised in Great Women in the British Car Industry Top 100

         The full article is here

         Many congratulations!






BVSF 2022 AGM & Seminar

This year saw the return of the BVSF AGM after a 2 year break due to the pandemic. Follow This Link to read more. 


CMA launches investigation into recycling of cars and vans

The CMA has launched an investigation into suspected anti-competitive conduct in relation to the recycling of old or written-off vehicles. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has reason to suspect anti-competitive behaviour has taken place involving a number of vehicle manufacturers, and some industry bodies. This conduct relates to arrangements for recycling old or written-off vehicles, specifically cars and vans, which are known in the industry as ‘end-of-life vehicles’ or ELVs.

ELVs are vehicles that are categorised as waste, generally due to age-related failure or accident, and regulation requires these vehicles to be disposed of in a sustainable way. Vehicle manufactures must offer their customers a free service for recycling ELVs, a service manufacturers often outsource to third parties.

The CMA is working closely with the European Commission, which has also launched an investigation into this matter today.

Following a period of investigation and information gathering, the CMA may issue a statement of objections if it comes to the provisional view that competition law has been infringed. At this stage, no assumptions should be made about whether competition law has been broken.

This investigation reflects the CMA’s commitment – outlined in its draft Annual Plan 2022 to 2023 – to prioritise promoting environmental sustainability through effective competitive markets.

Further detail of the CMA’s procedures in competition cases is available in its guidance, and any updates to this investigation will be made via the dedicated web page: Suspected anti-competitive conduct in relation to the recycling of end-of-life vehicles.


Wye Valley Group & Sigeric Ltd - supporting the people affected by the events in Ukraine. 

"We all have many challenges ahead including the rising costs of fuel, energy, food and other materials but luckily as a group we are in a position to provide support where it is needed most, and therefore we are immediately donating £50,000 to help support the Ukrainians."

Read the full article here. 

CMA clear IAA's acquisition of Synetiq Ltd.

This is to confirm that IAA, Inc. (NYSE: IAA), a leading global digital marketplace connecting vehicle buyers and sellers, to inform you that IAA today announced that the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) has cleared IAA’s acquisition of SYNETIQ Ltd. (“SYNETIQ”), a leading integrated salvage and vehicle dismantling company in the United Kingdom, for £225 million. SYNETIQ is an environmental leader and sells parts from salvage vehicles which re-enter the automotive supply chain. SYNETIQ has 15 locations and approximately 500 employees throughout the UK.

John Kett, Chief Executive Officer and President of IAA, said, “We are thrilled to receive regulatory approval from the CMA and officially welcome the SYNETIQ team to IAA. This transaction will significantly expand IAA’s business and services in the United Kingdom, and we are excited to work together to meet our customers’ growing needs. SYNETIQ’s focus and expertise on green parts will be an excellent addition to our focus on sustainability in the UK and around the world. We look forward to moving forward with the integration process.”

Tom Rumboll, Chief Executive Officer of SYNETIQ, said, “We are proud to join IAA, a leading global digital marketplace with a significant international footprint. As a combined entity, our diversified portfolios and proven management teams will be tremendous assets as we work to make the vehicle salvage industry more sustainable. We are grateful to IAA for this opportunity and are excited about the long-term opportunities of our shared business.” The press release announcing the final regulatory approval may be found at



Abanaki - helping you go the extra mile


When it comes to oil skimmers, Abanaki has got the equipment you need. Click on the image below to read more. 


Abernaki, a Strategic Partner of the Federation will be displaying at the 2022 AGM/Convention on April 7th.

SYNETIQ signs green parts partnership with esure to reduce CO2 emissions

SYNETIQ is delighted to announce that it has signed a green parts contract with esure, to supply quality graded, recycled parts to its repairer network.

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Mind the (skills) gap: SYNETIQ supports National Apprenticeship Week 2022

SYNETIQ, the UK’s leading integrated vehicle salvage, dismantling and recycling business launched its Metal Recycling General Operative apprenticeship scheme in September 2021.

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SYNETIQ success prompts 20% increase in workforce

The UK’s leading integrated vehicle salvage, dismantling and recycling company is beginning 2022 with a new recruitment push, following a flurry of successful contract wins.

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Copart launches new £1m+ Driver Academy Programme

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SYNETIQ has announced Sarah Hirst as its new Green Parts Director – marking a new chapter in the business’ drive towards the sustainable future of vehicle repairs.

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Copart Partners with Solus for Collaborative Student Exchange Programme


We’re proud to support the ongoing personal development of our Copart engineers by partnering with Solus, the repair arm of Aviva Insurance, on an exciting new student exchange programme. 

As part of our Copart Cares 💙 CSR commitment to caring about our teammates, customers, and communities, this programme has been introduced to provide engineers in both businesses with the opportunity to upskill and build a greater knowledge of each other’s roles.


Five of Copart’s Vehicle Damage Evaluators, including two currently undertaking engineering apprenticeships with Thatcham Research, took part in the first phase of the programme which kicked off in December.   


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 National Occupational Standards for those involved in Vehicle Recycling


Vehicle Recycling National Occupational Standards (NOS) Development – January 2022

Vehicle Recycling NOS - where we are now


The Vehicle Recycling NOS has now been developed and reviewed by experts across the UK and changes/additions have been suggested. In short, five new National Occupational Standards have been developed.


In order to see the draft documents please click each bullet point below. 


• Collect and transport casualty vehicles for salvage or recycling

• Receive and inventory end of life vehicles

• Depollute end of life vehicles

• Dismantle end of life vehicles

• Grade reclaimed vehicle parts


The management of recycled parts (‘green parts’) was also discussed, but as there are already NOS in place for Vehicle Parts, it was decided to look at these standards once they come up for review – hopefully in 2022.


If you would like to discuss any of these developments, or have any other feedback regarding this project, please contact Caroline Harris on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 21st January 2022.


Many thanks for having your say!



The next step on Our Road to Tomorrow: SYNETIQ gain Silver Carbon Literacy accreditation


SYNETIQ, the UK’s leading integrated vehicle salvage, dismantling and recycling business, has become the first in its sector to become a Silver Carbon Literate Organisation. The accreditation further underlines SYNETIQ’s commitment to embedding sustainability across its operations.

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IMI Accreditation 

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SYNETIQ announces industry-leading 96.3% vehicle recycling figure

SYNETIQ has announced an increase in its vehicle recycling capabilities, as it continues to develop operational processes and efficiencies.

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The BVSF November e-Mag has landed! 


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IAA, Inc. Announces Acquisition of SYNETIQ Ltd.

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IAA, Inc Announcement

Copart to take part in National Inclusion Week 2021

Inclusion Week 2021 will take place from 27 September – 3 October. Inclusion Week is designed to celebrate everyday inclusion in all its forms. This is the 9th year Inclusive Employers has brought organisations together from across the globe to celebrate, share and inspire inclusion practices. Each year has a theme and this year is Unity. 

For more information follow the # link below...


SYNETIQ & Zurich partner to reduce CO2 impact of vehicle repair

The UK’s leading integrated salvage, dismantling and vehicle recycling company is proud to announce a new green parts partnership with Zurich Insurance UK.

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SYNETIQ acquires new Smart Hub in the South East


SYNETIQ has revealed its first Smart Hub, located less than a mile from the M25, strengthening South-eastern coverage for the UK’s leading integrated salvage, dismantling, and recycling business.


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Used vehicle shortage fuels surge for UK's leading sustainable salvage company

SYNETIQ - the UK’s largest integrated salvage, dismantling and vehicle recycling company - has seen unprecedented demand through its online vehicle auction, leading to increased value of salvage vehicles.

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Copart becomes an AutoRaise Partner

Copart are pleased to announce our new partnership with AutoRaise - the vehicle repair industry charity, click here to read the full article. 


SYNETIQ achieves Carbon Literacy Accreditation

SYNETIQ, the UK’s largest integrated salvage and vehicle recycling company, has achieved a bronze accreditation from the Carbon Literacy Project. As the first company in the sector to have achieved the award, the Bronze accreditation further underlines SYNETIQ’s commitment to furthering sustainability. 

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SYNETIQ marks World Environment Day by unveiling latest EV delivery van

SYNETIQ, the UK’s leading integrated salvage and vehicle dismantling company is marking World Environment Day with the launch of its new all electric green parts delivery van and the installation of EV charging points at its Doncaster site.

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Copart awarded CCA Global Standard Year 2 Accreditation

Global leader in online vehicle remarketing and recycling, Copart UK, has been awarded the prestigious CCA Global Standard Accreditation by the Customer Contact Association, for a second year.....

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Copart expanding their Sandy Operation Centre in Bedfordshire

Read more on the 27-acre expansion, here!

KTG Caravans Celebrate 10 years

Read the full article by following link below. 

KTG - We are 10 years old!

New EV-dismantling facility helps SYNETIQ to enhance sustainable motoring solutions

A multimillion-pound investment by SYNETIQ, Britain’s largest integrated salvage and recycling company, will ready its Winsford site into the UK’s first facility with dedicated EV and Hybrid dismantling capability.

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Network Training Partnership & PATAM Group Ltd

Follow the links below to read more on the programmes/training courses being run. 

IMI L3 Roadside & Recovery Technician

The Youth Assured Employment Programme (The YAEP for the Motor Industry)


Copart increasing Capabilities in Scotland

In yet another strand of their ongoing growth programme, global leader in online vehicle remarketing, Copart UK, are set to double their operational capabilities in Scotland with the announcement of a new Operation Centre near Glasgow.

Read more here...

Membership Benefits

If you are a registered vehicle salvage company and you have been in business for at least one year you may apply to join the BVSF. Click on "Application" There are substantial benefits which can be obtained from membership. These include the following:

  • Enhanced market status
  • Increased contract prospects
  • BVSF Special Insurance Facility (which could save you your membership fee)
  • Fuel Card Facility (which could save you your membership fee)
  • Special terms for the transportation of salvaged vehicle parts
  • Recognition by leading authorities
  • Free supply of BVSF salvage industry magazine.
  • Monthly electronic newsletter

You could enhance your status in the market by joining the BVSF. You would increase your prospects to obtain contracts from Insurers, local Authorities, Police and other sources of salvage vehicles. You would also receive an ongoing service of information of developments which might affect your business. You would have access to preferential parts distribution terms exclusive to BVSF members. There is also a specially negotiated Insurance Facility with excellent cover and attractive terms. All members receive a regular Update Newsletter and free copies of the exclusive BVSF Vehicle Salvage Professional quarterly magazine keeping you up to date on everything you need to know about vehicle salvage developments