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  • Dear Readers!

    When looking at the news over the last few months, one could gain the impression that we are witnessing the beginning of the end of global business. In addition to social stability, the aim and objective of any rational government policy must nevertheless be to secure and wherever possible augment the prosperity of citizens. Trade barriers and isolationism lead in the opposite direction. That is why the punitive tariffs or even the Brexit are not the best option. We do not need less globalisation, but rather more if together we are to meet the global challenges of the future. At least the compromise that has now been achieved between the EU and the United Kingdom would appear to offer a very promising temporary solution. 

    “Tomorrow starts today“, is a slogan at REMONDIS, and as a leader in water management and recycling, we and our roughly 32,000 staff members work day in day out so as to preserve the planet as a hospitable place with a high quality of life for coming generations. To this end, we need open borders and as few barriers as possible to business at the international level. REMONDIS is a global player. We provide solutions for our industrial and municipal customers transnationally and efficiently while leveraging considerable synergies. The services we offer are both rooted at the regional level and networked internationally and are unique in terms of their variety in the water management and recycling business. REMONDIS develops many different segments at the same time and ascribes to the principle of vertical integration. Our customers have access to a combined service portfolio ranging from the collection, treatment, recycling, recovery, transport, logistics and water management all the way to industrial services in the area of repair and maintenance. Our customers and partners profit from this, thereby making a contribution to environmental and climate protection. 

    Environmental protection and raw materials management are transnational. From this angle, one could see the Chinese ban on imports of dirty plastic waste, electronic waste, waste paper and additional waste fractions as a major opportunity. With its clear raw materials strategy, the Middle Kingdom is forcing the European recycling industry to change directions. To do this, Europe needs to redouble its own efforts, however. An eco-design directive for the recyclability of products should force all manufacturers to design their products in such a manner so that they can be 100% recycled at the end of their life cycle. The recycling industry should raise the quality of all recycled material to the primary level by means of greater investments in better sorting and recovery as well as innovative new processes. In this regard as well, REMONDIS has been underscoring its role as a leader in innovation with targeted investments. One very promising new strategy is to return plastic waste to its original chemical state, so-called chemical recycling. And last but not least, policy-makers should create a system of economic incentives to foster the use of recycled raw materials by industry. The best raw material is of no use if nobody is interested in buying it. Each and every municipality and city can serve as a good example in public tenders already now and prioritise the advantage to the climate instead of focusing only on the lowest price.

    REMONDIS is at present leading the way by serving as a role model and investing in new plants and equipment.  

    We hope you enjoy reading the new edition of REMONDIS aktuell.

    Yours truly,

    Egbert Tölle

Quality that pays dividends

  • Top-class training to safeguard the future: This helps companies acquire the junior talent that they need, while newcomers are offered a chance to start a career in the occupation. The example of David Jelusic, who has learned the ocupation of industrial insulator at XERVON, shows how greatly both sides profit. If top performers are needed, then well-insulated areas of plants and facilities save customers money and ease the strain on the environment caused by unnecessary waste of energy – making a valuable contribution to climate protection.

Precision work in a competitive environment

  • It is Tuesday, 7 November 2017, day two of the German Industry Insulators Championship. Six young men are working with tremendous concentration at training frames simulating pipelines at chemicals plants at the training centre of the building industry in Hamm. On the previous day, the contenders for the championship equipped the pipes with different types of insulating material in accordance with their own strategy. Now they are wrapping the insulation with a cladding made out of rolled sheet metal custom-cut to fit it like a glove.

    Well insulated areas of the plant save on energy and costs – so the demand for professional insulation is commensurately high.

    Only the year‘s best performances on final examinations for all German chamber districts are admitted to the championship. David Jelusic, XERVON staff members and best-in-class in the Dortmund guild trade chamber, is representing the region of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Qualified for the European Championships as the German Champion

  • A jury assesses the chamber‘s candidates in the afternoon. The result is final by early evening: David Jelusic scored the most points. He was the 2017 German Industry Insulators Champion and has qualified for the European Championship to take place in May 2018. Along with David Jelusic, his trainer Detlef Kurztusch is also pleased. At the XERVON site in Bottrop, he leads trainees through the apprenticeship years with a lot of commitment and know-how. At present 24 insulators-to-be are being trained there along with ten painters and varnishers. Later they will work in their occupations hand in hand, with painters and varnishers preparing the facility before being clad by the insulators.

    This is what a winner looks like: David Jelusic, German Champion Industrial Insulator,
    and his trainer, Detlef Kurztusch

High quality apprenticeships help counteract skills shortages

  • Six years ago, Detlef Kurztusch took over at the helm of the training department, restructuring it step by step. Successfully, too, it would appear, as is substantiated not only by the title of champion, but also by the good results on the examination turned in by the other trainees. “There is a big demand for good industrial insulators. We can counteract bottlenecks in human resources with our own training program,“ he explains.

    XERVON is hiring 114 new trainees in 16 occupational fields this year. For more details see remondis-karriere.de (German only)

    This year the training program for insulators is being expanded once again by around 30 per cent. The training structures created in Bottrop are in addition being adopted at the XERVON sites in Hamburg and Grossenkneten. The paramount objective: Trainees are to be trained in such a manner so that they can later be assigned tasks as highly specialised skilled workers at a central point. Just like David Jelusic, who is at present assigned by XERVON directly to a customer plant, where he heads his own team.

Three Questions for Detlef Kurztusch

Are you proud that your team has produced the German Industrial Insulator Champion?

Of that you can rest assured! It is not so easy to win this highly coveted title. The crucial factor is what the trainee has to offer, but also what is attained in the training program
and how engaged the trainees are in putting what they learn into practice.

What do you attach particular value to in training?

Teaching people to be independent and team-building. Both foster motivation, encourage professionalism and are in line with what really counts later in the field of practice.

What is the calling card of training at XERVON?

The basic attitude of our enterprise. It is not allowed for trainees to be treated like cheap labour. Instead, we emphasise a willingness to invest in training in order to gain highly specialised skilled labour so as to be ready to face future challenges.

Three Questions for David Jelusic

How does it feel to win the title of champion?

  • The training was important to me over the entire three years. It is difficult to put into words how happy I was  about winning the title. It was a fantastic vote of confidence when the members of the jury were so satisfied with my performance in the competition.

    • In the championship competition, the deciding factors were well-founded knowledge, but also technical understanding, practical skills, creativity and decision-making abilities

Why did you decide on the profession of industrial insulator?

Because I like to make things. Another aspect is also that you are always being confronted with new things, however. For example industrial plant and equipment on a scale that you never dreamed of.

What made you decide to start your career at XERVON?

A recommendation – namely the timely advice to undergo training at XERVON because the company makes a true commitment to its trainees. My expectations have been fulfilled!

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