Recycling plants are engaged in utilization of cars, in common people "scrap yard". There are 121 such recycling plants in Japan, some of which are small, which recycle 20-30 cars per day, and there are large ones that recycle 200-300 cars per day. At most large recycling plants, car recycling is only one area of activity. factory, but there are also such factories that specialize in car recycling. Their activities are regulated by an organization called NGP - JAPAN AUTOMOBILE RECYCLING BUSINESS COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION.
There are recycling plants in all the provinces of Japan. Contacts, addresses, web sites, their information about these factories, you can see following the link http://www.ngp.gr.jp/member/. Just click on the map to the region that interests you and you will see information on recycling plants in this region. Do not judge the size of the plant by the pictures, as usually the office of the plant is rented, and behind it there may be a huge plant.
So if there are so many car recycling plants in Japan, why is it so difficult to get to them and start buying parts? There are many reasons. One of the reasons is that huge factories do not want to slow down their pace of work, letting strangers into the plant, these factories, for example, hand over the removed engines in bulk. Another reason is that most of these factories are not export-oriented, and as we understand they have a different field of activity, so on their websites we will not see information on prices, working conditions, and indeed the sites themselves are business cards and completely in Japanese, their companies do not have employees who speak at least English. The main reason is the volume, it is not profitable for large recycling plants to deal with companies that buy one or two containers a month, they already have their own wholesale distribution in the local market.
So how do foreign companies get to such plants? Several recycling plants I know where foreigners buy spare parts are located in Sapporo, Hamamatsu, Toyama, Okinawa and Hakata. Some of these factories have a English-speaking employee who, at a certain period of time, finds large buyers from overseas and monitors their activities at the plant. Some factories operate through a Japanese exporter company, which is where the term "Scrap Access" comes from. That is, the exporter company has an agreement with the recycling plant and this exporter company organizes the arrival of new buyers and their control, as well as the export of purchased spare parts. There is another method of work, the exporter company takes a one-time payment for access to the recycling plant, and when the client exhausts his capabilities, that is, the volume of purchases decreases, this company is asked to leave the plant. The average rate for such a service is from $ 3,000 to $ 5,000.
What is the method of working with scrap? There are no such scraps that will remove the spare parts you need, pack them and send them to you. Usually, customers send their employees to stay in Japan on a permanent basis and collect the necessary parts. There are services for the removal of certain spare parts, for example, for the removal of an internal combustion engine, one rate, doors, another. As a rule, recycling plants accept one team of representatives from one country at a time, so that there is no struggle for the same models, for example, a team from Kazakhstan, a team from Kenya, etc.
How much cheaper is the spare parts for scrap, compared to other types of disassembly. First of all, you should know that comparing scrap yards with showdowns in Japan is not entirely correct, since it will be difficult for you to find new models at scrap yards.
Can the client independently go to the scrap yard? In theory, yes. Hire a Japanese-speaking employee, ask to call all factories and make an offer for cooperation. And maybe you will go to "virgin" factories not spoiled by customers. However, there is a big BUT, can you handle the volume?