SYNETIQ, the UK’s leading integrated salvage and vehicle dismantling company is marking World Environment Day with the launch of its new all electric green parts delivery van and the installation of EV charging points at its Doncaster site.
Amusingly nicknamed “St-EV Wonder,” the new Mercedes Benz e-Sprinter is serious first step towards an electric vehicle fleet for SYNETIQ’s fleet, and forms part of the company’s new internal sustainability initiative, named ‘The Road to Tomorrow.’
Powering the van will be a newly installed bank of EV charging points, which will provide on-site charging not only for SYNETIQ’s vans, but also for any employees to charge their own EV’s while at work. Now fully installed at the Doncaster site, similar charging points are being installed across all SYNETIQ sites in the coming weeks.
SYNETIQ CEO, Tom Rumboll, commented: “Unveiling our latest emissions-free parts van in celebration of World Environment Day underlines our ongoing commitment to sustainability. Of course, sustainability and the environment are important on more than just one day a year, so we introduced our ‘Road to Tomorrow’ strategy to ensure that sustainability is at the heart of everything we do as a company.”
With a current level of 95.3% of vehicles passed through SYNETIQ being fully recycled, and with green parts use contributing to an annual saving of 5,500,000 kgs of CO2e over the last two years, as well as a comprehensive road map towards achieving further carbon savings, SYNETIQ’s sustainability bar is already high. The Road to Tomorrow initiative ensures that the current levels will be seen as a base line to be improved via revised working practices, employee education and incentives.
SYNETIQ, Britain’s largest integrated salvage and dismantling company, has joined the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) as it continues its mission to help build asustainable future for motoring in the UK.
SMMT membership supports SYNETIQ’s plans to work collaboratively with the Automotive sector as a whole, supporting the business’ sustainability strategy.
Tom Rumboll, CEO of SYNETIQ, said: “As a company, we’re changing how we talk with our customers and clients about the achievable financial and environmental benefits of using green parts. By working with the SMMT we will continue to learn and understand how we can work and support the entire automotive sector.”
As a member of SMMT working groups, such as Electric Vehicle, Aftermarket and Remanufacturing, the business hopes that by working closely with manufacturers, the industry can maximise the reuse and recycling potential of each vehicle, reducing CO2 emissions and material waste further.
As a leader in its sector, SYNETIQ has launched several key initiatives to highlight environmental benefits of integrated salvage and recycling. This includes training a large proportion of their colleagues on carbon literacy, as well as a study into the CO2 savings that can be achieved through the use of Green Parts in vehicle repair.
The use of Green Parts provides significant financial savings, with significantly less embedded carbon and roughly 50% lower cost than their newly manufactured equivalents. These OEM original parts – non-safety critical components such as doors, body panels and headlamps, are removed from damaged vehicles – then graded, cleaned, safety checked and issued with a certificate of conformity. These parts are then supplied to key insurance providers, bodyshops and fleet operators.
Last year SYNETIQ also announced its plans to expand and invest in its Winsford site, as the UK gears up for a shift to purely electric vehicles from 2035. Establishing Europe’s first dedicated EV processing and recycling centre, the site will not only handle existing and future generations of EVs, but also operate as a centre of excellence and provide certified training to other businesses in the safe handling of EV batteries and architecture.
SYNETIQ is the largest ebay seller of used car and motorcycle parts in the UK, and its approach for accurately cataloging and describing each part means buyers can quickly find what they need. With 150,000+ components online now, and up to 10,000 new items added every month, it’s become a valuable resource for private owners.
Dave Bradley, Ecommerce Sales Manager embarked on the challenge in a bid to raise funds for SYNETIQ’s chosen charity for 2021, Macmillan Cancer Support.
The Beyond Lincolnshire Sportive bike ride is SYNETIQ’s first fundraising event of the year for Macmillan. Together, the pair raised £770.
Dean Richards, Finance Planning & Analysis Manager also took up the challenge joining Dave in spirit and racking up the miles on the roads closer to home in Cheshire.
Tom Rumboll, CEO at SYNETIQ said: “We’re proud to support deserving charities. Macmillan has helped so many families through the toughest of times which is why our people voted to support this amazing cause. ”
The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on people living with cancer has been significant, explained Amy Hebdon, Relationship Fundraising Manager at Macmillan. “There are almost 3 million people living with cancer in the UK and they are facing increasing evidence about the impact of Covid-19 on cancer – at diagnosis, during treatment and at the end of life. Many of them will need information and support, now more than ever.
“We’re delighted SYNETIQ employees chose Macmillan Cancer Support as their charity for 2021. Without the support of companies like SYNETIQ, we wouldn’t be here to help these people when they really need us.”
SYNETIQ, the UK’s largest integrated vehicle recycling company, voted to support Macmillan back in March 2021, and it is just one of the many organisations that benefit from the good work that SYNETIQ’s Colleague and Community forum carry out.
The forum, which meets each month, offers an opportunity for colleagues to put forward ideas and vote on how best to support the charities and causes in their local communities.
SYNETIQ’s teams have walked, cycled and even skydived to raise money for third sector organisations, and the business promises a ‘pound for pound’ scheme for all colleagues, matching the total raised by individuals for charity up to the value of £500.
Corporate Social Responsibility is a priority for SYNETIQ and the next fundraising activity takes place over the summer. Over 40 colleagues across the business have signed up to Tough Mudder 2021, a punishing mud run and obstacle course.
SYNETIQ, Britain’s largest integrated salvage and dismantling company, has re-stated its commitment to a more sustainable future. With growing green parts usage, and an increased focus on corporate and social responsibility, SYNETIQ is leading the way in creating a sustainable future for motoring, a journey that SYNETIQ has termed ‘Our Road to Tomorrow.’
As one of the foundations for this initiative, SYNETIQ has commissioned a study into the true Carbon footprint of its own activities, as well as the CO2e savings that can be achieved through the use of its green parts in automotive repairs. The study, carried out by independent circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins, has revealed the true environmental benefits of using green components rather than brand new OEM parts..
By taking into account the parts supplied annually by SYNETIQ to the Insurance and fleet repairer network, the carbon savings are staggering. In the last two years alone, SYNETIQ estimates that it has saved 5,500,000 kgs of CO2e emissions*.
This saving is the equivalent to:
A year’s electricity for 1000 homes
3,094,410 litres of burned petrol – over two years of an average family car use in the UK.
Tom Rumboll, CEO of SYNETIQ, said: “We are very excited about our Carbon Saving Calculator project. It’s a key part of our ongoing sustainability strategy. By understanding the precise carbon savings of each part we sell for reuse,, we can share data to support our clients in meeting their own sustainability targets.
It also drives the focus on our own internal processes to keep improving these savings. We have known the advantages to green parts for a long time and with this accurate and independent measurement we can tell our clients exactly what their use means to them.”
With the largest and most diverse stock of green parts for most vehicles in the UK, bodyshops, fleet and insurance companies can not only save the environment and money, but also time. SYNETIQ’s stock management systems and rapid delivery mean that vehicle down-time is minimised, getting vehicles back on the road faster, for less.
In addition, SYNETIQ is the largest seller of green car and motorcycle parts via ebay in the UK, and its approach for accurately cataloguing and describing each part means buyers can quickly find what they need.
With 150,000+ green parts online now, and up to 10,000 new items added every month, SYNETIQ’s ebay store is a valuable resource for private owners and independent garages). In the next phase of this project, SYNETIQ will explore the Carbon savings it has achieved by supplying these end-user customers.
mygreenparts the first automated solution for the insurance and vehicle repair sectors
Platform only offers parts matching repair standards and insurance requirements.
The initiative supports sustainable repairs.
Integrated salvage and vehicle recycling company SYNETIQ and insurance provider Allianz have launched the mygreenparts digital platform that will boost vehicle repairers’ ability to source green parts.
Digitally integrating the supply of more environmentally friendly components, mygreenparts provides a drastically simplified purchasing process for repairers – saving both time and money. A major initiative in a more sustainable future for body and mechanical repairs, it’s a significant step towards a circular economy for the sector.
Nick Rossiter, motor damage strategy manager, Allianz Claims, commented: “Through their long partnership, Allianz and SYNETIQ have worked together on an ethical and sustainable approach to vehicle salvage. The mygreenparts platform allows a seamless process for our repairers to purchase green parts, benefitting our customers, repair network and the planet.”
Cheaper, faster, greener
Allowing repairers to use their existing software system to generate an estimate for a vehicle repair, mygreenparts automatically notifies SYNETIQ’s stock control system of the parts required – within the guidelines agreed with Allianz. This enables SYNETIQ to offer all matching items from its inventory of over 200,000 green parts. SYNETIQ only supplies non-safety critical green parts to be fitted, such as doors, body panels and headlamps. Parts have been graded, cleaned, safety checked and come with a declaration certificate of parts conformity, BS 10125.
Significantly cheaper and more environmentally friendly, green parts contain less embedded carbon and cost up to 75% less than their newly manufactured equivalent. Guaranteeing that quality standards are maintained, SYNETIQ dismantles category B vehicles for Allianz and ensures they are processed responsibly, with component inspection and full traceability.
Mygreenparts will enable repairers, insurers, and fleets to measure and report the emissions and carbon savings they achieve through this climate conscious approach. Captured data can be used to identify trends and enhance fulfilment rates. The development of the mygreenparts platform is expected to increase the proportion of green parts used in vehicle repairs.
By guaranteeing that unsafe vehicles are permanently removed from the roads, and not sold for reuse in other markets, SYNETIQ and Allianz demonstrate a shared approach to sustainable and ethical salvage, which is not focussed on revenue generation.
Tom Rumboll, CEO of SYNETIQ, added: “As the only truly integrated supplier of green parts on a national scale, we’re able to handle the complete process of vehicle salvage and dismantling from start to finish. Further enhancing our leading green parts proposition to our valued insurer clients, via repairers, it is a great step forward in our common goal of automated and sustainable motoring solutions.”
Insurers and fleet operators currently using SYNETIQ’S mygreenfleet system will be able to migrate to the new platform, and benefit from time and CO2 savings, while the development of mygreenparts allows it to integrate with other Bodyshop management systems and reach a wider audience.
SYNETIQ is excited to announce the appointment of Neale Laker, who has joined the business in the new role of Green Parts Director.
As Green Parts Director, Neale is responsible for all parts sales and each of SYNETIQs parts retail channels – from items supplied through SYNETIQs mygreenparts portal to insurers and fleets, to those sold over the counter to the public.
As the business gears up for a new growth phase within the green parts sector, Neale’s role will be instrumental in ensuring SYNETIQ can meet increasing demand from clients and customers.
Neale brings over 35 years’ experience from the Automotive industry across 5 continents, covering sales, technical, and operations roles, having previously worked for Tesla, Saab and General Motors.
As the only truly integrated salvage and vehicle recycling company, SYNETIQ works with insurance and fleet clients to reduce the environmental impact of collision repair – by resupplying perfectly good parts from salvage vehicles back into clients’ supply chain.
Not only does the use of green parts negate CO2 emissions generated by manufacturing, items are also significantly cheaper than the equivalent new OEM.
The news follows the recent announcement of ‘The Road to Tomorrow’ – SYNETIQs plan to be the most sustainable and responsible business in the vehicle recycling industry, with an ambitious goal of being carbon neutral in the next few years.
Neale Laker said: “I am delighted to be joining the winning team here at SYNETIQ. We have clearly defined goals as a business, which I am supremely confident we can achieve. I am very excited to engage with all my team and collaborate closely to achieve amazing things. We need to grasp this opportunity and set the industry standard for Green parts across all channels.”
Tom Rumboll, CEO at SYNETIQ, said: “Neale is the right person, in the right role at the right time, where attracting someone of Neale’s calibre is a statement of both the quality of our business today, and our ambitions for the future.”
Jaguar XK120, Austin ‘Downton’ Mini Cooper S and iconic fast Fords available
Collection for sale as part of the regeneration of the Winsford Site into a centre of excellence for EV dismantling
Bidding now live, and will end Friday, May 28th
The cars are the stars as the Winsford collection goes under the hammer via the SYNETIQ auction platform. A total of 25 iconic cars of all eras are up for sale, but the five star lots are sure to attract a bidding frenzy.
Coming from the private museum based at the SYNETIQ Winsford site, the ‘Winsford Collection’ includes some 25 cars ranging from fast Fords, to rare Jaguars and a vast selection of classic Minis. With most vehicles emerging following years of dry storage, each is ready to be recommissioned and returned to the road. Much of the selection includes cars that can be viewed as investment projects requiring light restoration.
SYNETIQ, the UK’s largest integrated salvage and vehicle recycling company, announced its intention to expand and invest in its Winsford site last year, in order to open a new cutting-edge facility for processing electric vehicles (EVs) – the first of its kind in Europe.
Five lots from the sale in particular are attracting attention from collectors and enthusiasts:
1953 Jaguar XK120 OTS. Finished in British Racing Green, and running on period-correct wire wheels and cross-ply tyres, this XK120 has been prepared to a fast-road and mild competition specification. Featuring a roll bar, aero screens, fire extinguisher, harnesses and an external ignition cut-off, this Jaguar is ready for touring, historic rallies or racing.
1964 Austin Mini Cooper S, Downton tuned with a Radford interior.
This ultra-rare, early example of the Austin Mini Cooper S is possibly unique. As a 1964 model, it features the larger 1071cc A series engine, with servo assisted disk brakes, but does not feature the twin fuel tanks of the later cars. Tuned even further by the period mini experts, Downton Engineering, this mini also features a bespoke interior by the leading British coachbuilders, Harold Radford & Co. With deeper seats, trimmed in Connolly leather and a walnut dashboard with matching door cappings, lovers of the swinging sixties and motorsport need look no further.
1971 Ford Escort Mexico. Launched in celebration of its victory at the London-Mexico World Rally Championship in 1970, the Escort Mexico has become one of the most sought-after examples of the type. Finished in Daytona yellow, and featuring quad Cibie spotlights at the front and diamond-cut minilite alloy wheels, this Escort is in an eye-catching specification. With just 103,000 miles shown on the odometer, this is ready for a serious collector to own and enjoy.
1989 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth. Finished in diamond white, with an unmarked grey velour interior, this example shows just 38,000 miles on the odometer. With buyers finding it increasingly hard to find unmolested, original examples of these turbo-charged 80’s super saloons, this Sierra Sapphire has already caught the eye of serious collectors of the marque.
1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth. For fans of the turbo-charged road versions of the group A rally cars, there are few more iconic cars than the Escort RS Cosworth. With a 2-litre, turbo charged engine, permanent four-wheel drive, ample downforce thanks to the whale-tale rear spoiler, the Escort RS Cosworth was built for speed. This early example, featuring optional leather seats, electric windows and with a manual sunroof, is finished in a deep Mallard Green having benefitted from some subtle enhancements. Compomotive alloy wheels, and an upgrade to AP Racing brakes are both period correct, and also reversible, should the new owner desire a factory-spec vehicle.
All vehicles are offered for sale via SYNETIQ’s online auction platform. Bidding is now live, and will end on Friday May 28th. Registration for SYNETIQs auction costs £50+VAT per year, and can be accessed via this link.
Chance Changing Lives is delighted to have worked in collaboration with SYNETIQ to enable the purchase of an electric Nissan NV200 van.
SYNETIQ, the UKs largest integrated salvage and green parts provider, has been instrumental in helping deliver an electric van to Crewe based Chance Changing Lives (CCL), a leading charity that utilise surplus food to feed families in need.
SYNETIQ’s contribution, along with the generous support of Medicash and The Guinness Partnership, allows CCL to use the electric Nissan NV200 as part of a shared ownership agreement. Ensuring the charity can provide food to all members and guests, and meet a wider need through local charity connections, the use of the EV allows CCL to hit one of its sustainability objectives.
Chance Changing Lives supports local people through the collection and redistribution of over 500kg of surplus food from local supermarkets each week. Together with SYNETIQ it recognises the link between climate change and the threat of current and future homelessness, disease, food and water shortages. With poverty effecting millions of people around the world, both CCL and SYNETIQ are committed to environmentally responsible.
SYNETIQ’s clients include some of the UK’s largest fleets and insurance companies and, by recycling end of life vehicles and resupplying non-safety-related, reusable parts back into the repair sector, helps them to operate a more sustainable business.
John Schofield, Executive Director at SYNETIQ said: “We’re proud to support such an important local charity with a more environmentally friendly vehicle, in way that mirrors the vision of SYNETIQ and CCL to lead the way in sustainability.”
Michele Parks, chair of Chance Changing Lives said: “Without the help of John Schofield and the SYNETIQ team, we would not have been able to own a vehicle. This will make a huge difference to us, enabling us to continue meeting the needs of our community and going further to provide more. The opportunity to use an electric van was very important to us as we recognise our responsibility in reducing our carbon footprint.”
Serving between 10-30% of the most deprived wards in the UK, CCL covers some of poorest and hardest to reach people have been the massively impacted by COVID-19. During the pandemic the charity has supported 120+ families at its Community Pantry, whilst its homeless kitchen continued serving over 50 vulnerable people each Saturday with a superb hot meal.
SYNETIQ is delighted to announce it has renewed its multi-year agreement with Covéa Insurance, to continue providing salvage management and green parts supply across the UK. SYNETIQ shares Covéa’s values and strategic alignment, which are the primary reasons for the success of the partnership.
Alastair Sherwin, Claims Motor Engineers Manager at Covéa Insurance, said “SYNETIQ’s values of care, simplicity and integrity align perfectly with our own vision, and we’ve stood side by side throughout the pandemic to continue helping our customers.
“SYNETIQ are transparent, reliable and friendly to deal with, with high standards in compliance, GDPR protection and ISO accreditation. We’re also impressed with the way they’re investing in the future, as we all strive towards becoming more sustainable.” Continued Alastair.
Simon Schofield, Client Director at SYNETIQ, said: “Having worked with Covéa on designing and implementing new processes, I am delighted that our excellent relationship has been recognised with a new agreement. Our recent investments in new technology, reporting and processes are in-line with our corporate strategy. As we look to the future, we will be focusing on providing a great service, with sustainability at the core.”
SYNETIQ has recently implemented new storage and recovery processes, along with document and key management, to maximise efficiency and customer experience for Covéa and its policyholders.
SYNETIQ, the UK’s largest integrated salvage and vehicle recycling company, recently announced a new, state-of-the-art facility for processing electric vehicles at its Winsford site. As the UK heads towards a ban on new petrol and diesel car sales by 2030, SYNETIQ is gearing up its capacity to process new vehicle technology at scale.
Covéa Insurance is part of the French mutual insurance group Covéa and was established in the UK over 60 years ago. It offers a range of insurance services, including commercial, motor, property and protection, as well as life and critical illness cover.
SYNETIQ has successfully launched a new class leading, innovative live Web Chat – meaning its quicker and easier than ever to reach SYNETIQs Parts and Salvage Auction teams. The new technology is part of SYNETIQs investment plan, supporting its focus on delivering great customer experience.
The Zendesk platform has been used for the new Web Chat, replacing the system which was rolled out in record time by SYNETIQ shortly after the COVID-19 lockdown. Although the outgoing system was still performing effectively, the business still identified room for improvement.
“Since we introduced Web Chat in April 2020, the system has handled most of our customer contact for auction, parts sales and customer service, wheels & tyres, sell my car, and mygreenfleet,” says Dave Harcourt, IT Director at SYNETIQ.
“As a team, we are all focused on improving the experience we give to our customers and clients. We’ve recently celebrated improvements in our Trustpilot score and reductions in our response time to customers, and we don’t want to stop there.”
Zendesk is used by lots of household names including Uber, Tesco, Airbnb, Vodafone, and Netflix. As the UK’s leading integrated salvage and vehicle recycling company, SYNETIQ says the system is perfectly suited to its requirements and growth ambitions.
“Our Sales & Service team can now handle web chat, email, social media, and WhatsApp contact, meaning customers can contact us in the best way for them,” continues Dave.
“We already have a frequently asked questions (FAQs) section on our website, but the new version will use automation to offer answers to common queries, helping our customers find the answer they need as swiftly as possible. We have also introduced FAQs in the three most common foreign languages of our customers – Polish, Greek, and Romanian.”
The business will now move to the next stage of customer experience improvements and is expected to reveal further investments later this Spring.
SYNETIQs new Web Chat feature can be found by visiting www.synetiq.co.uk and using the green ‘Help’ button at the top right of the homepage.