ARA announced today that it has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with professional automotive recycling industry associations from the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Malaysia and Australia. The international collection of associations is also calling for greater engagement by Original Equipment Manufacturers/Suppliers (OEM), automotive market participants and government regulators within the global automotive recycling industry to address the ongoing crisis surrounding motor vehicle safety recalls.
Participating associations attended the 11th International Roundtable on Automotive Recycling held May 23-25, 2019 in Norwich, United Kingdom where it was agreed that ignorance on the part of the OEMs and other stakeholders about the critical role of professional automotive recyclers in the vehicle supply chain, as well as late engagement in the process of jurisdiction for global vehicle recalls, has and continues to compromise the effectiveness of automobile manufacturers’ recall campaigns.
“Tens of thousands of vehicles worldwide have been the subject of the Takata recall,” said ARA President Jonathan Morrow. “The engagement with and response to the professional automotive recycling industry has been inconsistent and late. There must be earlier engagement and integration of automotive recyclers role in the motor vehicle recall process into OEM plans.”
Vehicle recalls were one of the many issues discussed by more than 50 representatives of the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) of the United States, Vehicle Recyclers Association (VRA) of the United Kingdom, the Auto Recyclers of Canada (ARC), the Japan Automotive Recyclers Alliance (JARA), the Malaysia Used Vehicle Autoparts Traders Association (MUVATA), the Auto Parts and Recyclers Association of Australia (APRAA),and the Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA); at the 11th International Automotive Recycling Roundtable.
Participating Associations each provided intelligence, statistics, and issues confronting automotive recyclers and associated businesses in each jurisdiction as well as other information on the global automotive market impacting the industry. Representatives were also provided comprehensive briefings on Electric Vehicle (EV) dismantling and associated safety issues and overall occupation health and safety requirements for automotive recycler professionals. The Associations determined to improve global collaboration, cooperation and communication.