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MTAA CEO Richard Dudley attended a very well attended meeting of the APRA-WA Committee in Perth this week. 20 Auto Parts recyclers attended the meeting to hear on what APRAA, MTAA and MTA-WA have been doing on their behalf internationally and nationally. Topics included:

  • End of Vehicle Life Policy and Regulations:
  • New EPA Guidelines for auto recyclers and dismantlers
  • New Australian Standard for Auto Recyclers:
  • Memorandum of Cooperation with international auto recycling associations:
  • Key Points from the 2019 APRAA and United States ARA Convention:
  • Development of closer alliance with the Auto Recyclers Association (ARA) of the United States
  • Access to Service and Repair information and OEM Parts numbers:

As well as discuss significant local issues such as increasing instances of theft of catalytic converters (because of the value of the rare and precious metals) were discussed. MTAA / APRAA requested any information from APRAA member businesses so that this could be analysed and passed onto the National Vehicle Theft Reduction Council and Law Enforcement Agencies.

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A packed APRAWA meeting listening to MTAA CEO Richard Dudley on behalf of APRAA and
discuss a wide range of matters impacting auto parts and auto recycling.

MTAA CEO Richard Dudley and APRAA National Chairman Dale Imlach attended the 76th annual Auto Recyclers Association (ARA) of the United States Convention in the United States.

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Discussions and negotiations continued with the ARA in strengthening an alliance between MTAA /APRAA and ARA to gain access to ARA’s learning university and data hub for recycling members of MTAA’s Members. Once finalised MTAA Member recycling constituents will be able to access courses and training materials as well as technical data and information secured by ARA.

Another outcome by MTAA and APRAA was to secure further country signatories to the global auto recycling association Memorandum of Cooperation. Brazil, Poland, Canada, the United Kingdom all signing the agreement at the convention. Japan and New Zealand have also joined Australia and Malaysia and the United States assignatories.

The MoC will enable increased collaboration cooperation and information sharing between all participating auto recycling associations and work is now underway for the updating of an existing website to include information, technical data, policies and advocacy positions as marketing materials from all participating countries for the use of associations and their members.

APRAA members will also be able to take advantage of two specific work projects underway and announced at the convention including a database for safe vehicle battery removal and destruction processes for all models sold in the UK USA and Australia and a replacement for the NSF Certification program currently being prepared by ARA and the Vehicle Recyclers Association (VRA) of the UK.

Incoming and newly elected ARA President Chad Counselman said that he is proud that the convention provided the opportunity for more professional automotive recycling organisations to sign the important document.

“As the voice of the professional automotive recycling industry, ARA is very encouraged by the engagement within this community of international auto recyclers and association professionals.

“Despite our geographical distances, we all share common interests and issues and I look forward to continuing the information sharing and further collaboration,” he said.

Work is now underway by signatory countries to get other European, South East Asian and the Indian Auto Recycling Associations to join and provide a global united voice on auto recycling issues.

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MELBOURNE 16 September 2019: The Auto Recycling Associations of the Australia, United Kingdom, United States, and Malaysia have signed an historic agreement to increase collaboration, cooperation and communications to provide a united global voice for the Automotive Recycling Industry.

The Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) and the Auto Parts and Recycling Association of Australia (APRAA) initiated the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with other organisations as an outcome of an International Roundtable held earlier this year in the United Kingdom. The Auto Recycling Associations of Canada, New Zealand, Japan and others are currently considering becoming signatories to the MoU.

Already, participating International Auto Recycling Associations have provided intelligence, statistics, and identified issues confronting automotive recycling and associated businesses in each jurisdiction as well as other information on the global automotive market impacting the industry. The associations are also sharing briefings on Electric Vehicle (EV) dismantling and associated safety issues and overall occupation health and safety requirements for automotive recycler professionals.

The signatories to the MoC have agreed to improve global collaboration, cooperation and communication on significant matters common to all jurisdictions including:

  • Increasing engagement and recognition by Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) (also known as Original Equipment Suppliers in some jurisdictions), other automotive market participants and regulators to the critical importance of global auto recycling industry in vehicle recalls;
  • The need for consistent, improved and harmonised, training and education specific to auto recyclers;
  • The need for increased public, government and automotive industry awareness of auto recycling and specific initiatives such as the contribution of recycled parts usage to achieving improved environmental outcomes;
  • The global harmonization of standards where practicable and appropriate;
  • Improved sharing of information and resources between global recycling industry associations;
  • The provision of fair, reasonable and equitable access to OEM data including parts identification;
  • A global and harmonized approach to dealing with non-licensed, non-qualified, unprofessional operators; and
  • The impact of Electric Vehicles and other propulsion systems on the recycling industry and resulting need for harmonized approaches to dismantling and recycling of these products.

MTAA CEO and APRAA spokesman Richard Dudley said the signing of the MoC was the start of a new global voice for the auto recycling industry that will directly assist hundreds of auto recycling business members across Australia.

‘We are working hard to obtain an End of Life Vehicle policy and regulations that will harmonise and improve Australia’s treatment of more than 700,000 vehicles coming off Australia’s roads each year. The MoC and improved access to intelligence and information with kindred auto recycling associations will strengthen our ability to achieve better policy and regulatory outcomes for Australian consumers and auto recycling businesses’, Mr Dudley said.

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Pictured above: APRAA National Chairman, Dale Imlach (centre) with Chad Counselman (Right) Vice President of the Auto Recyclers Association of the United States, and Mr Kau Peng Yap (Left), Assistant Secretary General of theMalaysian Used Vehicle Autoparts Traders Association (MUVATA) signing the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC).

MoC Signatories:

  • The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) of the United States
  • The Vehicle Recyclers Association (VRA) of the United Kingdom
  • 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)

Currently considering the MoC

  • The Auto Recyclers of Canada (ARC)
  • The Automotive Parts Industry Association (APIA) of New Zealand
  • And others

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Richard Dudley


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