By Steve Fletcher
Toronto, Ontario -- June 12, 2019 -- More than 50 auto recyclers and vendors came to Moncton New Brunswick June 7-8, 2019 for the annual Auto Recyclers Association of Atlantic Canada (ARAAC)
meeting and trade show.
18 direct member companies were represented along with 10 associate member companies and vendors.
In the formal part of the meeting, Andrew MacDonald was re-elected for a two-year term as president; and Dalbert Livingstone was re-elected for two years as vice president/treasurer. The group heard about new operating standards
for auto recyclers coming to Nova Scotia that similarity to our CAREC standards. The association has been working with the N.S. department to clarify and help promote the new rules.
Industry presentations were made by Cliff Hope from PMR on catalytic converter recycling; Luke Gamm from Car-Part on program enhancements to Car-Part Pro, Checkmate and Bidmate; Philippe Clermont from Power-DB/Solex on harness the power of data from recyclers inventory management systems.
Matt Beaman from MK Auto provided a summary Tundra Take Back program and his experiences recycling remote vehicles in the wilds of Big Trout Lake in Northern Ontario.
Steve Fletcher provided an ARC update on the replacement of the Switch Out Program, new training initiatives, changes to the ARC vehicle programs; updates from the recent International Roundtable on Auto Recycling, the impact and opportunities that the surge in OEM recalls has on the recycling industry, and the need to support the Canadian Auto Recycler Magazine.
Dalbert Livingstone provided an update from the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) and the upcoming Convention in Charlotte N.C.
The meeting formally ended with a panel discussion on the use of data and the various inventory management systems to increase profits and productivity with Marc Morin from Hollander; Philippe Clermont from
Power-DB/Solex; Luke Gamm from Car-Part; and Keith Nabuurs from Island Auto Supply. The panel was moderated by Andrew MacDonald from Maritime Auto Parts.
The group was bussed out to Bastarache Auto Salvage in Shediac River for a great dinner and yard tours. Occupying over 160 acres with over 6,500 vehicles onsite, this jewel of the Atlantic was an inspiration for recyclers of all stripes and sizes. It was truly a remarkable tour and social.