Merry Christmas from all at AutoDrain

17 Dec 2019 | News

As we head towards Christmas I am struck both by how fast 2019 has skipped by, and at the same time, how much has happened this year. It’s the same every year as the holiday gives us pause to reflect on the year gone by and think about what next year may hold.

2019 has been a bit of a watershed year AutoDrain. We have done a lot of work this year updating our internal systems, improving our processes and creating capacity for our continuing expansion. We continue to grow our business, both within the ELV marketplace and outside it, and have exciting plans formed for 2020. A significant upturn in our export business is encouraging too.

There is certainly much to be positive about and yet we seem always to be approximately six weeks behind where we would like to be! With more new recruits joining us, 2020 should allow us to pursue all ouropportunities to the full.

I am proud to be a committee member of the Vehicle Recyclers’ Association. When we look back in years to come I think that 2019 may well prove to have been a pivotal year for the VRA. Regrettably a personal commitment prevented me from attending the Annual General Meeting this year. From what I hear though, it was a great success, with better attendance than ever before, and I was delighted to hear that the changes presented to the membership were approved. The Association has made incredible progress in the last couple of years, both as a campaigning organisation and as a trade association. With more hard work and the support of its members, it can only continue to benefit legitimate recyclers across the UK and bring greater and greater pressure to bear on the regulators.

In many ways then, for me the old year 2019 has been a very positive one.

Looking at the wider world it’s a more mixed picture though. The first quarter of 2019 saw a five-year high number of UK insolvencies. Toys R Us, Maplin and Poundworld were just some of the names to cease trading in the UK. It seems that the high street continues to be a place where we look at goods and buy coffee as we spend ever more of our money through the internet.

Game of Thrones became another TV phenomena that I never quite got around to watching, Lewis won another world championship and England ladies were great to watch. (Two watchable England football teams at the same time, who would have believed it?!?!?).

In the US Boeing had a plane grounded and President Trump started the year with the Government shutdown and finishes it in some danger of impeachment. The grounding of the Boeing was a surprise, anyway.

The beautiful Notre Dame cathedral was horrendously damaged in a fire and a sixteen-year-old Greta Thunberg addressed the UN Council on the subject of climate change. (I assume that Mr Trump wasn’t watching) We also saw the first ever pictures of a black hole. Apparently, the ones on Star Trek weren’t real.

On 24thJuly Teresa May resigned as Prime Minister. In an era of what might charitably be described as weak leadership in Parliament she was replaced by Boris Johnson. With the third anniversary of the referendum well behind us Boris vowed that we would leave Europe by October 31stwhatever happened. We didn’t.

During the referendum 52% of us voted to leave and 48% to remain. Some informal research on my part suggests that 98.2% of us are now sick of hearing about it.

There has been widespread public criticism and a widely held view that the electorate are losing confidence and interest in politicians. The suggestion has been made that our MP’s are losing their connection with the real world. Taking this on board, the politicians decided to hold an election two weeks before Christmas.

So what does 2020 hold in store?

Will England make a major final? Will Lewis make it 7? Will Brexit finally happen? Will Boris lead us to a new era of post-European boom or will Jeremy triumph and make us all vote again (again).

Climate and the environment will no doubt be high on everyone’s agenda and perhaps a new government, of whatever shade, will allow some forward momentum in Westminster.

Whatever happens, I have no doubt that we will face and meet the challenges that are presented and succeed. Here at AutoDrain we will have new products, new colleagues a new catalogue and hopefully even more new customers.

In the meantime, I hope that you all have a fantastic holiday. We wish you all the very best of the season, a Merry Christmas and a Happy and profitable New Year.

Share This Page

Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail

From Facebook

Our first new product for 2020 – The popular AutoShear is now available on a stanchion. This version helps to keep the work area floor free from equipment and helps to prevent unauthorized removal of the equipment from the work area. ... See MoreSee Less

2 days ago  ·  

View on Facebook

Hope everyone has had a great Christmas and New Year
We are back open as normal
8.30am - 5pm Monday- Friday
... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago  ·  

View on Facebook

Our last new product for 2019 - Our very popular 240v AutoShear is now available Enclosed and on wheels. ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago  ·  

View on Facebook

Opening hours over Christmas !!
We will be closed from 5 pm on Monday 23rd December and will re open on Tuesday 2nd January 2020 at 8.30 am

We would like to wish all our customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for all your custom throughout 2019 and we look forward to speaking with you in the New Year.
... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago  ·  

View on Facebook

The Automotive Recycling November-December issue is here!

Here is a snippet of what to expect inside this issue!
Shifting Paradigm of Automotive Recycling
Automotive recyclers are experiencing rapid shifts on an all-encompassing level, from business model, data integrity, inventory acquisition, customer expectations and more. The industry’s response to these challenges determines its future. // By Caryn Smith

Other Features Include:
•Employees 101
•How to Keep Your “A” Players
•How to Recession-Proof Your Business
•Leadership Continuum
Chad Counselman, 2019-2020 President of ARA, shares his views on the state of the industry
around the world.
•Next Level
Shan Lathem-McMillon rises to the challenge of her new role as Secretary of the Automotive Recyclers Association and with it brings years of automotive recycling wisdom, dependability and strength.
•Scholarship
Give Them a Future: ARA Scholarship Foundation Recipients Academic Year 2019-2020

Read it all HERE: www.modernpubsonline.com/Auto-Recyclers-BG/NovDec2019/index.html

This issue of Automotive Recycling Magazine is brought to you by:

A&A Midwest
Advance Tire INC
ARA University
AutoDrain
Buddy Automotive Innovations LLC
Cable Management USA
Car-Part.com
Carolina Wheel Cover
Center Caps
Copart
S3 Software Solutions & Services
Dorman Products
Equipment International
G.J. Sullivan Co.
Kobelco Construction Machinery USA
Lamb Fuels
MarkingPenDepot.com
Moley Magnetics Inc.
PMR
Rebuilders Automotive Supply
SAS FORKS
Supershear
Techemet
Texn Rewards
United Catalyst Corporation
Vander Haag's Inc

If you want to be a part of this prestigious list of advertisers in Automotive Recycling magazine, contact Jay Mason at 239-225-6137 or Jay@DrivenBeDesign.net for your customized 2020 Media Proposal!
... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago  ·  

View on Facebook