Automotive Recyclers Association Welcomes Delegates and Professional Automotive Recyclers from Around the World to the International Roundtable in Phoenix, Arizona

CONTACT: Michael E. Wilson                                                    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(571) 208-0428                                                                                     Date: November 11, 2013

Automotive Recyclers Association Welcomes Delegates and Professional Automotive Recyclers from Around the World to the International Roundtable in Phoenix, Arizona

MANASSAS, VA – The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) welcomes delegates and professional automotive recyclers to the 7th Annual International Roundtable on Automotive Recycling, November 10-12, 2013, in downtown Phoenix, Ariz. The International Roundtable (IRT) is the global forum to discuss auto recycling, and issues such as global salvage acquisition, backyard competition, government interaction, OEM data, industry consolidation, and parts procurement. These issues, and many more, are pushing and squeezing all industry stakeholders everyday on a global scale.

Professional automotive recyclers are the only source of recycled, genuine original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts – used car parts harvested from end-of-life vehicles, recycled for reuse in car repairs. The main benefits of recycled OEM parts are savings to consumers on car repairs and the benefit to the environment.

“Our goal is that the industry of automotive recycling operates consistently worldwide,” says Michael Wilson, ARA CEO. “We accomplish this through open communications and forums such as the IRT. ARA is unique because of it's global reach. The IRT strengthens relationships and dialogue between our international affiliate chapters and countries seeking to establish common solutions to common problems.”

The IRT was formed out of the desire for the premier national auto recycling associations to get together and share knowledge, resources, challenges, and successes. Initially, the associations gathered on a more informal level to present what they were working on and to learn from one another. Gradually over time, it became apparent that there were reoccurring problems within the industry, yet many different approaches to addressing these problems. The IRT was established to address this in a more formal setting, and has been hosted in different countries each year. This year, ARA is proud to host the IRT in the United States directly following the association's 70th Annual Convention and Exposition.

"Our key stakeholders – manufacturers, insurers, shredders, and increasingly repairers – are all operating on a global stage. Even governments look around the world to see how other governments are approaching problems," says ARA President, Ed MacDonald. "Vehicles, technology, metal markets are all global. It is becoming increasingly important that auto recyclers, too, participate in the global exchange of ideas, knowledge, expertise, and develop a footprint for the best interests of auto recyclers worldwide."

The event includes country reports, global presentations, and facilitated roundtable discussions, as well as networking and social events. To learn more about the IRT, please visit:

Since 1943, the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) represents an industry dedicated to the efficient removal and reuse of “green” automotive parts, and the proper recycling of inoperable motor vehicles. ARA represents the interests of over 4,500 auto recycling facilities in the United States and fourteen other countries around the world. With programs such as the Certified Automotive Recycler Program (CAR), Green Recycled Parts, and other partnerships, ARA members continue to provide consumers with quality, low-cost alternatives for vehicle replacement parts, while preserving our environment for a “greener” tomorrow.

To learn more about the Association, visit ARA’s Home Page at or call (571) 208-0428.



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