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Professional automotive recyclers to convene for virtual global automotive recycling convention

The 77th Annual ARA Convention & Exposition boast an impressive line up of 30 speakers delivering their expert advice to professional automotive recyclers and recycling industry suppliers


Professional automotive recyclers to convene for virtual global automotive recycling convention p

The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) announced that a growing number of professional automotive recyclers and recycling industry suppliers have registered for the upcoming 77th Annual ARA Convention & Exposition, one of the industry’s only live training and trade show experiences of 2020.  Registration is available on the ARA website ( Originally scheduled to take place at the Peppermill Resort & Casino in Reno, Nevada, the event transitioned into an all virtual experience and Association leaders are excited about the new opportunities associated with an online platform.

Scott Robertson, Jr., ARA President, and owner of Robertson Auto Salvage, in Wareham, MA said: 

“For the first time, we have the capability to help and engage with more auto recyclers than ever through the top-notch virtual platform, and bring the ARA Annual Convention right to their office and to their teams.” 

ARA Executive Director, Sandy Blalock said:

“In light of the most challenging year in history, why wouldn’t you take advantage of ALL your options?” She added: “ARA has assembled an expert line-up of speakers and peer-leader panels who will share strategies for growth, efficiency, productivity, and recovery from the most challenging year in modern history.”  

Below is a sampling of scheduled educational sessions:

The Future of Auto Recycling

Turn the clock forward a few years and imagine the automotive recycling industry of the future. How will we cope with advancements in vehicle design, advanced ADAS technology, artificial intelligent estimating applications, and more? Join four industry veterans as they discuss the possibilities and implications for the recycled parts market.

Sales for Self-Service – Thinking Outside the Box

Move beyond the social media and data-driven techniques of yesterday and into the future! Learn how rapidly growing concepts such as geofencing and behavioural targeting can drive business your way.

2020 Managing Today’s Virtual Workforce

Between the COVID-19 pandemic, health concerns, technological and economic issues facing automotive recyclers across the world, it may be a good time to rethink how you engage with your customers.  What does “virtual” mean to you and your business?  How do you implement it and measure success?

Expectations of Body Shops

This session will explore and explain the struggles of day-to-day body shop operations regarding Recycled Original Equipment (ROE) parts. Better understanding these struggles can help you capitalize on the dollars often un-noticed and demonstrate how quality ROE parts can help your body shop customers make more of a profit – for them and for you!

Getting the Most from Social Media

Learn the importance to your overall business strategy to be present on social media and how and when to leverage various platforms (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, TikTok, etc).  

Recyclers Roundtable

The popular Recyclers Roundtable is back and in a virtual format! Join three up-and-coming leaders from the global auto recycling community as they moderate a discussion of the most pressing issues facing today’s recycler parts market.

The Annual Convention online platform will also feature an Engagement Center, “Tech Talks”, an ARA member facility tour, gamification challenges, and a dynamic virtual Exposition Hall to connect with industry suppliers. Automotive recyclers can directly connect specific team members, who use the products and services every day, with multiple suppliers at one time to gain information and data to improve their skills or help make critical production decisions.

“For 76 years, the ARA Annual Convention and Exposition has been the gathering place for the professional automotive recycling industry and an incredible place to network, learn and conduct business,” adds Robertson. “ARA is the voice of the professional automotive recycling industry and it is our duty to provide information, education and opportunity to automotive recyclers from around the world.  If ever there was a year to assist all of the industry, this is it. We hope recyclers of all kinds from all around the globe take advantage of the possibilities within EDGE 2020.”

For more information and to register, please visit the ARA website at