Tata Steel has been involved in a bidding war with Brazilian steelmaker CSN for the Anglo-Dutch owned company, and while it appears that CSN has now gained the ascendancy, a successful bid from the Indian company may see it processing its own End of Life Vehicles (ELVs) in the UK.
Tata Motors has recently signed a deal with Cartakeback.com which will see all its cars from UK roads tackled by the de-pollution specialists starting from 1 January 2007.
Cartakeback.com spokeswoman Kathryn Byng said: The motor company is part of the same Indian corporation involved with the Corus buyout and they have very recently signed up with us.
We will de-pollute all the vehicles, taking out waste oils, windscreen fluids and parts such as tyres and batteries which can possibly be reused. The rest will be shredded to make recycled metal. If Tata bought out Corus, their cars could end up back in their hands, meaning they would have gone full circle.
The operation exports vehicles to this country and is Indias largest automobile company. It acquired Daewoo Commercial Vehicles in 2004 and launched its own Tata Ace in 2005.
And while Byng said that Cartakeback.com only processed four or five Tata vehicles in 2006, this number should increase considerably when free take-back of ELVs kicks in during January.
Producer responsibility comes into effect in the new year and she believes that everything is in place to see a seamless implementation of the new laws.
Most manufacturers have signed up [to take-back schemes] now, although there are a couple who havent, but this is a matter for the Department of Trade and Industry.
But everything seems to be in place. It has been happening anyway, because of factors such as the price of metal being so high, added Byng.
From 1 January, owners of Tata and other vehicles will be able to take their ELVs to one of Cartakeback.coms network of 240 authorised treatment facilities nationwide.