Used vehicle shortage fuels surge for UK’s leading sustainable salvage company


SYNETIQ – the UK’s largest integrated salvage, dismantling and vehicle recycling company – has seen unprecedented demand through its online vehicle auction, leading to increased value of salvage vehicles.

The business supplies a key niche of the used vehicle supply chain, operating an online salvage auction used by a worldwide customer base of over 30,000 bidders.

SYNETIQ’s top three best-selling vehicles mirrored those in the SMMT’s Used Car Sales Report for Q2 2021, with the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Corsa and Volkswagen Golf proving immensely popular with the salvage auction users across the world.

Also in particularly high demand were commercial vehicles, reflecting supply shortfalls across the whole marketplace. The Ford Transit was SYNETIQ’s fourth best-selling vehicle overall; the business reporting a marked increase in popularity compared with pre-pandemic sales figures.

Recent SMMT data revealed overall used vehicle sales have more than doubled, owing to COVID-19 restrictions easing, a shortage of new models and Brexit complications. Unsurprisingly, a scarcity of supply has driven increases in the value of repairable vehicles sold through SYNETIQ’s salvage auction.

Tom Rumboll, CEO at SYNETIQ, commented: “Facilitating the return to use of repairable salvage vehicles, when safe to do so, is a key element of SYNETIQ’s integrated, circular model. There are myriad factors as to why a vehicle is written off, and we believe those which are safe for repair should go on to fulfil their primary purpose.”

“Each vehicle we process has been given a category by an appropriately qualified person before it reaches us – this helps us define the safest and most sustainable route it takes. Vehicles which are not safe for repair are processed in the most environmentally beneficial way, with reusable parts directed back into the vehicle repair supply chain.”

SYNETIQ became a member of the SMMT in June, as it continues its mission to help build a sustainable future for motoring in the UK. As a member of SMMT working groups, such as Electric Vehicle, Aftermarket and Remanufacturing, SYNETIQ hopes the industry can maximise the reuse and recycling potential of each vehicle, reducing CO2 emissions and material waste further.

Recently, SYNETIQ has also launched 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 by using Green Parts in vehicle repair.

Doncaster colleagues take on Tough Mudder for Macmillan Cancer Support


Colleagues from Doncaster-based business, SYNETIQ, took on the Tough Mudder obstacle course over the weekend, raising over £3,000 in support of Macmillan Cancer Support.

27 colleagues from the vehicle dismantling and recyclers’ Doncaster site completed the 10 mile or 5k obstacle course at Broughton Hall, Skipton in aid of the charity.

They embarked on the challenge as part of a business-wide fundraising campaign to support Macmillan Cancer Support.  

The team has so far raised more than £3,000 for the charity on this fundraising event alone. 

With operations at 12 sites nationwide, the business felt it was fitting to select a nationwide charity as its charity of the year.  

SYNETIQ colleagues conquered the 5k race at Broughton Hall, Skipton on 31 July.
SYNETIQ colleagues conquered the 10 mile classic race at Broughton Hall, Skipton on 31 July.

Trevor Madden, Car Dismantling Supervisor at SYNETIQ said of the challenge: “It was definitely tough, but we made it! The day was all about raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support, which continues to do such vital work in the fight against cancer. 

“Because of the pandemic, charities have lost out on fundraising opportunities and donations. It was a challenge but we are really proud of the money we have raised for such a good cause. We are so grateful for every donation.” 

Amy Hebdon, Relationship Fundraising Manager at Macmillan added: “Thank you so much to all at SYNETIQ. Their support will mean we’re able to do whatever it takes to make a real difference to the lives of people affected by cancer.” 

“The team has made an absolutely amazing effort to support our charity throughout 2021 and I look forward to see how the next race goes.” 

More employees are taking part in the Tough Mudder North West race in Cheshire on 4th September.  

Challenges include the ‘Kiss of Mud’, where the team will scramble underneath tangled rows of barbed wire over slushy cold mud with less than 18 inches of clearance above them. 

The final task between them and a hot shower is to charge through ‘Electroshock Therapy’, a field of dangling wires that delivers a punch at 10,000 volts should they get caught. 

Applications now open to join SYNETIQ’s new apprenticeship scheme


SYNETIQ is on the lookout for new apprentices after launching a ‘first of its kind’ motor-recycling apprenticeship scheme, creating new career opportunities within the vehicle recycling industry.

The Metal Recycling Operative apprenticeship starts in September with the business offering successful apprentices a job once qualified working at one of the company’s sites at either Doncaster, Winsford or Gloucester.

What you will learn

Apprentices will take part in a mixture of on and off-the-job learning and will be equipped with their own PPE and tools. Normally dismantlers have to use their own tools. Practical training includes assessing over 800 cars a week in SYNETIQ’s ‘Landing Pad’ where apprentices will learn to identify salvageable parts for reuse – also known as green parts.

In addition, apprentices will experience the depollution process, learn engine prepping techniques and how to safely dismantle vehicles.

Apprentices will gain employability skills such as:

  • Health and safety awareness
  • Manual handling
  • Plant equipment training
  • The opportunity to gain an understanding of electric vehicles
  • Vehicle and parts knowledge

You must have a:

  • Good work ethic prepared to get hands dirty
  • Level of concern for own health safety and that of others
  • Drive to work in a practical automotive environment
  • Passion about vehicles and parts
  • Team player attitude
  • Respect for others
  • Positive attitude

The application criteria

All apprentices must have Level one in English and Maths (equivalent to GSCE grade D-G or 1-3). If apprentices do not have this qualification, additional time will be required to bring them to this level.

How to apply?

For those interested in the scheme, please email with your CV along with a statement on why you would like to work at SYNETIQ.

From cars to cans… SYNETIQ recovers enough aluminium to create 346 million drinks cans per year


Britain’s leading car salvage, dismantling and recycling company, SYNETIQ, has proved it is a canny operator when it comes to recycling aluminium from its vehicles.

On average, SYNETIQ extracts more than 5200 tonnes of aluminium during the vehicle recycling process each year: enough to produce 346 million drinks cans. SYNETIQ then redistributes the aluminium back into the supply chain as part of its integrated, circular recycling model.

The latest figures follow SYNETIQ’s announcement of “Our Road to Tomorrow” – their roadmap to becoming the most sustainable business in the vehicle recycling industry – and support the business’s objective to fully understand their carbon emissions.

With support from independent circular economy consultants Oakdene Hollins, the roadmap included a study into the true CO2 footprint of SYNETIQ’s operations and the CO2 savings that can be achieved by using green parts in automotive repairs, while highlighting the environmental benefits of integrated salvage and recycling.

Aluminium is commonly used throughout modern vehicles, including body panels, wiring, wheels, engine and transmission, and must be carefully separated during the recycling process.

“We’ve invested in equipment and procedures to help us extract the maximum amount of reusable material from the vehicles we handle,” says Ray Curry, Operations Director at SYNETIQ. “Aluminium recovery is a key element of this process, as the material is 100% recyclable. That means we create new CO2 savings every time we recycle it.”

Using recycled Aluminium reduces CO2 emissions by 92%, compared to raw material use, and saves 95% of the energy needed for primary production*, according to a 2020 report by the European Recycling Industries’ Confederation.

Aluminium is an incredibly versatile material, its strong and lightweight properties making it perfect for a range of reuses, whether that’s manufacturing beverage cans and cooking foil, or for aerospace and alloy wheel manufacturing.

SYNETIQ processes more than 70,000 vehicles each year, using the waste hierarchy of reduce, reuse, remanufacture and recycle to maximise the sustainability of operations. Vehicles that aren’t safe for repair, and don’t contain reusable parts, are separated down into raw materials for recycling.

“For us, recycling is always the last remaining option,” adds Ray. “Avoiding waste is our priority, so if a vehicle or part can be reused for its intended purpose in its current form, that’s the route we’ll choose.”

Over the last two years, the business has helped clients avoid 5.5 million kilograms of CO2 through the supply of green parts alone – the equivalent CO2 of powering 662 homes for one year.

*Source – EuRIC AISBL – Metal Recycling Factsheet (2020)

SYNETIQ shortlisted for two awards in the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards


SYNETIQ, the UK’s leading integrated vehicle salvage, dismantling and recycling company, has been shortlisted in two categories at this year’s annual BusinessGreen Leaders Awards. 

The national awards ceremony is a celebration of the best of the green economy, bringing together many inspiring businesses and individuals that are striving towards a sustainable, net zero emission landscape. 

Headquartered on Bentley Moor Lane in Adwick-le-Street, SYNETIQ is a thriving Doncaster business, having made the final in three categories at the 2020 Doncaster Business Awards, as well as being included in Yorkshire Business Insider’s 50 Most Exciting Companies list for 2021. 

Now shortlisted in the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards’ Circular Economy Project of the Year and Leader of the Year categories, SYNETIQ is competing against photography giants Canon and the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, with the winner of each category announced in London on 22nd September. 

The exciting news follows SYNETIQ’s announcement in May of ‘Our Road to Tomorrow’ – their mission to be the most trusted and sustainable business in its sector. This included commissioning a study into the true CO2 footprint of its operations, and the CO2 savings that can be achieved by using green parts in automotive repairs – highlighting the environmental benefits of integrated salvage and recycling. 

Over the last two years, the business has helped clients avoid 5.5 million KG of CO2 through the supply of green parts alone – the equivalent CO2 of powering 662 homes for one year. 

“SYNETIQ embodies the circular economy with a business model consistent with the waste hierarchy,” said CEO Tom Rumboll. “By utilising the four Rs approach of reduce, reuse, remanufacture and recycle, our integrated approach ensures that, where possible, vehicles are kept in life and, when they can’t be put back on the road, are compliantly dismantled to maximise reuse and minimise environmental impact.” 

“It’s amazing to be shortlisted. I’m extraordinarily proud of all the hard work that has brought us here and of our colleagues across the entire business, as we lead the way in creating a vehicle recycling industry we can all be proud of.” 

In June 2021, SYNETIQ became the first in its industry to achieve Bronze Carbon Literacy status. In achieving bronze status, SYNETIQ has proven its commitment to understanding carbon footprint as an organisation, to educate 40% of its workforce to become carbon literate, and to maintain a low carbon culture within all levels of the organisation. 

SYNETIQ helps local ladies’ netball club get back on court


SYNETIQ, the UK’s leading integrated vehicle salvage, dismantling and recycling business, has sponsored the Doncaster Rebels Netball Club. 

Established in 2013, the club aims to inspire and empower women through netball, social and community projects. But, after a string of national lockdowns that prevented close-contact sports clubs from getting together, the future of the club looked uncertain. 

“For many club members before COVID, netball was a 4-day a week hobby. During the height of the pandemic, when we were unable to train and couldn’t spend that quality hour for the game with our netball friends and family, it took a toll on our members’ mental health.” said Natalie Buckley, Club Chair and Head of HR at SYNETIQ. 

With a £500 donation from SYNETIQ, outdoor court space loaned by Hall Cross Academy and in line with England Netball and government guidance on social distancing and club sports, the club has been able to host a COVID-safe tournament to celebrate their return to the game and relaunch the Junior coaching sessions. To adapt to government guidance, the club purchased extra kit and sanitisation products to ensure complete adherence to the new rules, as well as renewing their insurance policy. 

In partnership with England Netball’s “Rise Again” campaign, the funds also contributed towards the coaching qualification cost for a new Juniors Coach for the club, who volunteers to help junior members develop socially and physically in their chosen sport. 

The club, based near SYNETIQ’s Doncaster headquarters, was brought to the company’s attention by Club Chair and SYNETIQ’s Head of HR, Natalie Buckley. It is one of many organisations in SYNETIQ’s operational areas to benefit from the business’s Colleague and Community forum. 

As part of a wide-reaching program of corporate social responsibility activity, the forum offers an opportunity for employees to put forward their ideas and vote on how best to support the causes and charities in their local communities. 

The Doncaster Rebels Netball Club are always looking for players of all ages. For more information, visit 

SYNETIQ joins the BVRLA as it continues its mission to lower emissions


SYNETIQ, Britain’s largest integrated salvage and dismantling company, has joined the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association, as it continues its mission for greener and more sustainable motoring in the UK.

A trusted supplier to leading fleet operators as well as rental and lease companies, BVRLA membership furthers SYNETIQ’s plan to work collaboratively with policymakers, public sector agencies, regulators, and key stakeholders.

Tom Rumboll, CEO of SYNETIQ, said: “The BVRLA is making great progress in its mission to ensure road transport delivers environmental and economic benefits, including the decarbonisation of vehicles. This aligns with SYNETIQ’s own sustainability roadmap, ‘Our Road to Tomorrow’, as well as key projects like Europe’s first EV processing and recycling centre.

“We’ve been able provide fleet clients with clear cost savings, as well as considerable environmental benefits, and our membership of such an influential association will help us work as part of a collective to deliver real change.”

Gerry Keaney, Chief Executive of the BVRLA, said: “We are delighted to welcome SYNETIQ as an Associate member of the BVRLA family and look forward to working with them as we continue to support the industry and drive road transport decarbonisation.”

As a leader in its sector, SYNETIQ is campaigning to highlight the environmental benefits of integrated salvage and recycling, which includes the reuse of green car parts and the significant CO2 savings that can be made through their use in vehicle repair.

Up to 70% cheaper when compared with new, OEM parts, green parts act as a like-for-like replacement and are already in use with key insurance providers, bodyshops and fleet operators.

Green parts are OEM, non-safety critical, quality-controlled parts, such as doors, bumpers, and lights, and are perfect for reuse on damaged-repairable vehicles. Centralised and decentralised stock management, as well as rapid distribution, means that fleets and operators can get vehicles back on the road more quickly, without relying on newly manufactured parts and with their significantly higher levels of CO2 emissions.

Later this year SYNETIQ will announce more details of the expansion to its Winsford site, establishing Europe’s first dedicated EV processing and recycling centre. Announced in 2020, the investment will provide a cutting-edge facility with specific areas for handling the separate stages of the process. As a centre of excellence, the site will also be able to provide high-quality certified training to other businesses, covering the safe handling of EV batteries and architecture, as the UK gears up for a shift to purely electric vehicles from 2035.

SYNETIQ has detailed its commitment to a more sustainable future with ‘Our Road to Tomorrow’ – SYNETIQs mission to be the most trusted and sustainable business in its sector. This included commissioning a study into the true CO2 footprint of its own activities, as well as the CO2 savings that can be achieved by using green parts in automotive repairs.

SYNETIQ invests in new technology to reduce carbon footprint


The new software, JobWatch, helps the Transport team reduce carbon emissions, driving efficiency through improved route planning.

SYNETIQ, the UK’s largest integrated salvage and vehicle dismantling company, has invested in market-leading logistics planning software, in another strategic move towards leading the vehicle recycling industry.

The software from BigChange allows greater control of delivery and collection routes through integrated vehicle tracking. With SYNETIQ’s inhouse fleet of recovery vehicles and parts delivery vans, the software improves route planning and reduces unnecessary mileage.

Commenting on the new software, Tom Rumboll, CEO of SYNETIQ said: “The BigChange technology will transform the way we plan logistics and is a key part of both our operational efficiency and our sustainability activities.”

“While we help our clients achieve CO2 savings through the use of our green parts, it is vital to our own internal sustainability goals that we minimise our own internal carbon footprint.”

“The software helps us to make sure that each of our fleet vehicles, wherever they are and whether they’re collecting or delivering, are optimised, keeping our emissions as low as they can be whilst ensuring we deliver to our SLAs for clients.”

Martin Port, Founder and CEO of BigChange commented: “We are privileged to work in partnership with SYNETIQ. This partnership reflects key pillars of both organisations’ visions: to use innovative solutions that improve efficiency, boost customer service and reduce the environmental impact of business.

“We are delighted that the BigChange technology platform has supported SYNETIQ’s growth.”

As well as helping the business to reduce the fleet’s carbon emissions, the adoption of the new software also serves as another step towards becoming paperless. JobWatch offers paperless workflows through digital job scheduling, customer invoicing and payment automation.

As part of its own internal sustainability strategy, SYNETIQ continues to ensure its own processes are as sustainable as possible. In May 2021 the organisation launched their ‘Our Road to Tomorrow’ initiative, stating their commitment to a more sustainable future.

Highfields Amateur Boxing Club saved from knockout following lockdown closure


A Doncaster boxing club, which helps young people around Adwick, Bentley and beyond, has been saved from the brink of closure – thanks to the support of a significant local business donation.

Edward Hardy (National Youth Belt Holder), Ray Curry (Operations Director, SYNETIQ), John Loosemore (Head Coach & Founder, Highfields ABC)

Since being established in 2001, the amateur club has trained people of all ages and skill levels, becoming a vital resource in the area. As well as taking boxers to English National Levels, the club has become a pillar of the community – aiding the mental health of young people and encouraging the importance of discipline and other life skills.

After a series of national lockdowns left the club on the ropes, coach John Loosemore launched an appeal in the local area.

“Since we started Highfields ABC over 20 years ago, we’ve always managed to generate our own income through memberships, shows and school visits. This is the first time we’ve ever had to launch an appeal like this, which shows how desperate we were.”

“We set ourselves a target of £2,500 – the amount needed to keep us afloat for the next six months – and hoped we could count on some local support.”

Thanks to a significant £2000 donation by SYNETIQ – the UK’s leading integrated vehicle salvage and recycling company based on Bentley Moor Lane – Highfields ABC has surpassed that target, and is now ready to take on 2021.

SYNETIQ’s donation will go towards the training and certification required by the ABA Governing body, such as First Aid and Child Safety, as well as COVID-19 safety measures.

“I really appreciate what SYNETIQ has done,” said John. “We’ve helped hundreds of kids over the years in Doncaster and the surrounding areas, and I’m pleased we can continue to do so. We’d like to thank everyone who has supported Highfields ABC.”

SYNETIQ achieves Carbon Literacy Accreditation


SYNETIQ, the UK’s largest integrated salvage and vehicle recycling company, has achieved a bronze accreditation from the Carbon Literacy Project. As the first company in the sector to have achieved the award, the Bronze accreditation further underlines SYNETIQ’s commitment to furthering sustainability. 

As a Bronze Carbon Literate Organisation, SYNETIQ has demonstrated an awareness of the carbon dioxide costs and impacts of everyday activities, and the ability and motivation to reduce emissions, on an individual, community and organisational basis. 

Carbon Literacy accreditation forms an integral part of ‘Our Road to Tomorrow’, SYNETIQ’s new sustainability initiative and internal roadmap designed to lead the company towards increasing levels of sustainability and ultimately, to achieving carbon neutrality.  

As part of the program, SYNETIQ colleagues have been invited to undergo individual carbon literacy training. Over 130 colleagues across the business have already completed the bespoke training programme or have signed up to take part, with CEO Tom Rumboll being one of the first to become certified.

Tom has himself exchanged his ICE vehicle for an electric BMW i3, as well as installing a bank of chargers across all SYNETIQ sites to encourage other SYNETIQ staff to do the same.  

Tom said: “SYNETIQ is proud to be a bronze accredited member of the Carbon Literacy Project. While we help our clients to achieve significant COsavings through the sale and reuse of our green parts, it is integral to our sustainability goals that we minimise our own internal carbon footprint.” 

“As part of our internal sustainability strategy, we continue to ensure our own processes are as sustainable as our green parts. From carbon literacy training to   encouraging EV use, we remain committed to sustainability on all levels.”   

Commenting on the accreditation, Phil Korbel, Co-Founder of the Carbon Literacy Project said: “SYNETIQ’s environmental performance is no marginal issue, it’s central to the business, so it’s entirely fitting that they are the first Carbon Literate Organisation in their sector. Their Carbon Literacy Training – led from the top – is a tangible sign of their commitment to doing their bit to lessen the climate crisis. I’m sure it will inspire others across the sector and beyond to do the same.”