U Pull It pulls off export deals

As South Australia’s largest self-serve auto dismantler and recycler, U Pull It Recycling gives new purpose to broken down cars that end up in its yards, aiming to recycle 90 per cent of their components.

Now the company is exporting scrap from those cars to Singapore to give new life to the precious metals locked within. The company already exports to China and, in a new deal, is sending a tonne of scrap metal to Singapore every six weeks to recover precious metals, including platinum and palladium, embedded in car parts like catalytic converter.

U Pull It Recycling General Manager, Chris Goode, says new export opportunities to Malaysia and India are also being explored by the company with the support of the Department of State Development.

“Next year, we aim to lift our exports to 65 per cent of the company’s revenue,” Chris said.

U Pull It received a grant from the Export Partnership Program, which supports companies to boost their exports through marketing opportunities, including adapting websites, attending trade shows and researching markets.

“The grant will help us have a presence at trade shows and translate our website into the language of our current and potential export partners.”

Traveling to China on a South Australian Government business mission has also been a valuable step for U Pull It Recycling, helping the company make new connections and understand the unique features of that market.

U Pull It, which has recycling yards in Gillman, Elizabeth and Lonsdale, employs approximately 40 South Australians, including five former Holden workers, one of whom worked on the last Commodore. One of these workers is also the company’s first female employee in car processing.

“These staff members brought a wealth of skills with them and they are providing to be really valuable employees,” Chris said.