Melaka, Malaysia — August 3, 2016 — Auto recyclers from around the world came to Malaysia to attend the 9th International Roundtable on Auto Recycling (IRT). The event took place at Hatten Hotel Melaka.
The IRT brings together the leading international automotive recycler associations, industry players, officials, guest speakers and local auto recyclers to discuss global auto recycling issues.
Each IRT is unique to the local hosting association. The event takes place every two years and provides a platform for recyclers to share information about emerging technology, regulatory trends and business opportunities. It also provides a place to recyclers to showcase and share industry best practices.
The 2016 IRT was hosted by the Malaysia Automotive Recycling Association (MAARA).
Ed MacDonald attended the IRT on behalf of the Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC). Also attending from North America was Michael Wilson, Executive Vice President of the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA), the US equivalent to ARC.
“Canada, the United States, Malaysia, Australia, Singapore, China, and of course Japan were represented and there were several dignitaries from various levels of government, academia and businesses,” says MacDonald.
MacDonald notes that the sheer number of vehicles being recycled worldwide is truly astounding. China alone expects to be recycling 14 million vehicles by 2020. Plans are underway in that country to build a new plant that will effectively recycle a vehicle every six minutes.
The next IRT will be held in Niagara Falls, Ont., with ARC and ARA serving as joint hosts of the event. Watch the next issue of Canadian Auto Recyclers magazines for a full report on the IRT in Malaysia and more details about the next IRT in Niagara Falls!