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PORTABLE BATTERY RECYCLING - A POSITIVE MOVE

For Release: Monday, 1st February 2010

From 1st February 2010 distributors of portable batteries will be required to provide a free take-back service for waste batteries and inform end-users of this service.  The requirement applies to distributors who supply more than 32kg of portable batteries a year (the equivalent of one four pack of AA batteries a day).  This measure is aimed at significantly increasing the collection and recycling of used portable batteries in the UK from current levels, estimated at 3% to 25% by 2012 and 45% by 2016.

The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has appointed VCA to act as the enforcement body for the distributor elements of the legislation.  VCA currently acts as the enforcement body for similar provisions under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations.

Speaking of the appointment VCA CEO, Paul Markwick said, "We are delighted to have been appointed to act as the enforcement body by Defra.  Our experienced enforcement teams have an excellent track record in working with industry to ensure compliance".

More information is available through the VCA website - /vca/enforcement/battery-recycling.asp
Notes to editors:

Background

The Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations came into force on 5 May 2009 establishing a new Producer Responsibility system for the collection, treatment and recycling of waste portable, industrial and automotive batteries and accumulators (rechargeable batteries). This follows a European Batteries Directive in 2006, which aims to increase battery recycling rates across all European member states.  More information can be found on the DEFRA website - http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/waste/producer/batteries/.

DEFRA has also produced a number of helpful products, including an FAQ document and poster, to support distributors in this area and these can be accessed using the link above or through the VCA website.

 

Press Notice - for immediate release - 1st July 2008:

Greater Choice for the Australian Automotive Industry as VCA Opens New Office in Melbourne

 

Melbourne - Australia's flourishing automotive industry will now have support from a leading European testing and certification body as the UK's approval authority, VCA, opens a new office in Melbourne.

 

The launch took place on the 1st July 2008 at the headquarters of the Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development (DIIRD) in Melbourne and was well attended by industry representatives. The Executive Director of DIIRD, Mr. Ray Doyle, introduced VCA and VCA's CEO, Paul Markwick, went on to speak of his hopes for the future of VCA Australia.  VCA already supports a number of major manufacturers in the region and a dedicated presence in Melbourne will provide an even more responsive service to both existing and new customers.

 

VCA's CEO, Paul Markwick went on to say, "VCA has supported the automotive industry for more than 30 years and as it has become more global in nature, we have evolved and expanded to meet the needs of an ever-changing client base. This expansion has led us into a number of overseas territories and our Melbourne base is the latest in our portfolio. The Australian automotive industry is a very important part of the overall economy and has become increasingly export focussed. I very much hope our presence in the region will help to support industry in its drive to access European markets. The office will be run by one of our most experienced expert engineers, Howard Danielson. Howard has been instrumental in the success of other overseas offices such as the US, Japan and Malaysia; I know he is looking forward to the challenges ahead".

 

Holden's spokesman commented, "GM Holden congratulates VCA on the opening of their Melbourne office. As one of the larger Type Approval agencies, VCA brings considerable experience to our Industry. We look forward to working with the Australian VCA office and wish them every success for the future."

 

Toyota said, "Toyota warmly welcomes VCA's expansion into the Australian Market. VCA's experience of over 30 years in Motor Vehicle Homologation will be a valuable addition to the Local Motor Vehicle Industry. Toyota has a long standing business relationship with VCA in many countries around the world.  We look forward to working with VCA in Australia and wish them every success for the future."

 

Press Notice - for immediate release - 18th December 2007:

 

Enforcement Body brings first prosecution

26th November 2007, Caerphilly Magistrates Court saw the successful prosecution of Simon Tullett Machinery on 3 charges of non-compliance under legislation controlling the noise emissions of equipment designed for use outdoors.  The legislation has been in force since 2002 and VCA is the nominated enforcement body.  VCA also enforce the Non-Road Mobile Machinery Regulations for Exhaust gaseous emissions, the equipment under both sets of legislation being similar.

Speaking of its first prosecution under this legislation, a VCA spokesperson said, "This legislation has been in place for some time now and despite a programme to raise awareness we are still finding cases of non-compliance and this is not acceptable.  It is our intention to take a much more robust stance against companies who fail to bring their products into compliance"

In this particular case a fine was levied on each of the counts and VCA was awarded costs.

Notes to editors:

Background:

The EC Noise emission in the environment by equipment for use outdoors Directive was adopted by the European Parliament and the Council on 3 July 2000 as Directive 2000/14/EC. The Directive arises from the European Community's (EC) programme for the elimination of technical barriers to trade and is formulated under the 'Global Approach'. Its purpose is to harmonise national laws of Member States regarding noise emission limits and labelling requirements at the manufacturing stage.

VCA was authorised by the Department for Business, Enterprise, & Regulatory Reform (formerly the Department of Trade and Industry) to carry out inspections at retailers and importers premises to identify items of equipment covered by this legislation that do not conform. Additionally, VCA carries out noise level testing on samples of equipment to check the accuracy of noise levels claimed. The Directive was implemented into UK law by The Noise Emission in the Environment by Equipment for use Outdoors Regulations 2001 (SI 2001/1701) made under the European Communities Act 1972.

The Regulations apply to more than 50 types of equipment for use outdoors ranging from construction machinery to lawnmowers.  Noise emission measurements are required to be shown on a label fixed to the machine, which is taken as the 'guaranteed' noise level for a given machine. In addition, the Regulations set noise limits for 22 of the categories, which are laid down in two stages.

About VCA:

VCA is part of the UK Department for Transport and has extensive experience of enforcing compliance with various pieces of legislation.  Based in Bristol and Nuneaton, VCA have a national network of highly trained enforcement officers in place to ensure that the relevant legislative obligations are met.

Media Contacts (UK) - Paul Cooke, VCA Group Press Officer (press-enquiries@vca.gov.uk or call +44 (0)117 9524126).

Press Notice 21st February 2007:

Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, LLC (HMMA) sends clear message on quality

For Release: Immediate

Montgomery, Alabama, USA. Today sees Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, LLC (HMMA) celebrate their achievement of certification to the highest level of the internationally recognised automotive quality standard ISO/TS 16949:2002.  A formal certificate handover will take place between Hyundai's President and CEO, Mr J. S. Ahn and Rob Brayfield, President of VCA North America, the certification registrar responsible for the assessment.  Also present at the handover event will be Alabama Governor, Bob Riley and the Mayor of Montgomery, Bobby N. Bright.

Speaking in the run up to the presentation, Rob Brayfield, said, "This achievement is worthy of note on a number of levels.  Firstly, there are few OEMs who have implemented and certified ISO/TS 16949 management systems in their own component manufacturing and assembly plants, and few will have achieved this in such a short space of time.  This is a clear indication of commitment at all levels within the company and sends a message that when it comes to quality, HMMA means business".

John Kalson, Director of Production said, "Before job one rolled off the assembly line, we committed ourselves to leading the industry in business management processes".  And speaking of VCA's involvement Chris Susock, Senior Manager - Quality Control said. "After careful consideration of many qualified 3rd party ISO/TS 16949 registrars, HMMA believed that VCA North America's reputation for high integrity and the understanding for Automotive OEM Business individuality, unique business environment and corporate culture, would and did provide us with an extensive high quality independent audit review".

Notes to editors:

VCA North America is part of the UK's Vehicle Certification Agency.  Part of the UK Department for Transport, VCA is the UK vehicle type approval authority and  also offers certification to ISO9001, ISO 14001, ISO/TS 16949 and OHSAS 18001.  Part of a global operation, VCA has its HQ in the UK, with other offices in North America, Japan, Malaysia, China and most recently, India.  VCA specializes in the automotive field and has an enviable client base ranging from SMEs to multi-nationals such as the Ford Motor Company, Visteon, Hyundai, Honda, Toyota, Tata Motors, Proton, Perodua, etc.  To find out more visit http://www.dft.gov.uk/vca/vca-north-america


Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama - headquartered in Montgomery, Ala., is an independent manufacturing operation of Hyundai Motor Company, based in Seoul, Korea. HMMA currently produces the Sonata sedan and the next generation 2007 Santa Fe sport utility vehicle. At full capacity, HMMA will produce 300,000 vehicles annually. Hyundai cars and sport utility vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced by more than 755 Hyundai dealerships. The $1.1 billion (2-million square foot) assembly plant began production 20th May 2005 and is thought to be one of the most technologically sophisticated automotive manufacturing facilities around.


(Certificate handover images available on request)

Media Contacts (UK) - Paul Cooke, VCA Group Press Officer (press-enquiries@vca.gov.uk or call +44 (0)117 9524126).

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