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Automotive Recyclers Annual Convention October 26-29, 2016

 MANASSAS, VA–The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA)’s 73rd Annual Convention and Exposition will take place October 26-29, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland and promises to offer four days of extensive educational seminars focused on the professional automotive recycling industry and offering updates and new ideas for ARA member businesses.


In addition, this year’s event features, for the first time, an all-day Technology Forum focusing on using technology to stay competitive in the automotive parts market.   “We believe that a highly focused forum on using technology to stay competitive in the automotive parts market and industry is exactly what our members and their employees are looking for,” said CEO Michael E. Wilson.


An exciting part about the forum is that it is designed to act as a standalone so ARA member businesses can send their employees for the day to learn new technology without the concern of overnight travel costs and at a low, one-day price.  During the Forum, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from several of the leading automotive recycling industry service and software providers, including Hollander, Car-Part, CRUSH and Power-DB.


Keynote speakers for the 2016 Convention include Joe Pickard, chief economist of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) who will discuss the key factors impacting commodity and recycling markets and recent pricing trends.   Also speaking will be Tanvir Arfi, president of Service, Maintenance, Repair and Parts Platform for Solera Holdings to discuss the growing technological changes of today’s vehicles and the impact those electronic components will have on recyclers.


Other educational sessions will include a roundtable discussion on tackling the tough issues and an update on the precious metals market with a look at supply and demand, and a look at tomorrow’s Yard Management System.  Among the general sessions attendees may attend the general annual membership meeting as well as various committee meetings and the annual Ladies of the Automotive Recycling Association (LARA) meeting.


More than 1,000 attendees are expected and will  have  the  opportunity  to meet and talk with over 100 exhibiting companies and participate in hands-on experiences of some of the newest equipment and how best to maximize it

For more information about the 73rd Annual ARA Convention and Expo, please visit


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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 “green” tomorrow.

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