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At the beginning of June, REMONDIS signed an agreement confirming its acquisition of the Polish recycling business, Gansewinkel Polska Sp. z o.o., from the Dutch van Gansewinkel Group. In August, REMONDIS then announced its takeover of Becker Polska Sp. z o. o., a company previously owned by the German waste management specialists, Jakob Becker. Both acquisitions will help to further cement REMONDIS’ leading position in Poland’s emerging recycling market.
Poland has ambitious plans for its waste management sector and has introduced new laws that should greatly improve the recycling levels of its municipal waste. Its overall objective is to have reduced its use of landfills from the current very high rate of 78 percent to zero by 2020. Instead, the country is looking to achieve recycling rates of 50 percent.
Faced with these sweeping changes in the Polish waste management sector, a growing number of medium-sized waste management businesses, such as van Gansewinkel and Becker, are turning their focus to their core regions. For some this means completely withdrawing from the Polish market. In contrast, REMONDIS continues to see Poland as one of its main markets. The current capacity gaps in the regional recycling markets and the country’s decision to grow materials recycling across Poland have both opened up business opportunities for REMONDIS, as can be seen by its acquisition of van Gansewinkel Polska and Becker Polska.
Thanks to the acquisition of van Gansewinkel Polska, the company will, above all, be able to extend its business activities in the Lower Silesian market. Torsten Weber, managing director of REMONDIS International, commented: “van Gansewinkel Polska’s range of complementary services fits REMONDIS’ portfolio perfectly. We can now strengthen our operations in the south of the country. An ideal addition that will help round off our presence in Poland.”
Under the terms of the agreement, REMONDIS is to take over all of the van Gansewinkel Group’s recycling and public sector services in Poland. With an annual turnover of more than 100 million Polish zloty, the company employs 320 people and runs three recycling plants. It offers its services via its branches in Krakow, Ruda Slaska, Tarnow, Olawa and Legnica. REMONDIS is planning to invest in the company in order to strengthen and expand its business activities.
REMONDIS has been operating successfully in Poland since 1992 and built its new head office in Warsaw in 2011.
Becker Polska, acquired by REMONDIS with retroactive effect from 01 January 2015, has been operating in the Lower Silesian Voivodeship since 1998. The company deals with commercial waste in and around the south-west Polish town of Polkowice, offering a range of services such as collecting, packing and selling recyclables as well as collecting and transporting industrial and hazardous waste. One of its main activities is collecting, compacting and selling paper, card and cardboard.
REMONDIS is well acquainted with this market as it already has its own branch in Miroslawice near Wroclaw and – thanks to the acquisition of van Gansewinkel Polska – in Legnica, around 40 kilometres south of Polkowice. Here, too, REMONDIS believes that it will be able to grow the business, especially with the new law banning calorific waste being sent to landfill coming into force in 2016.
REMONDIS provides numerous Polish cities and commercial customers with a whole range of recycling and water management services.
Dr Marek Gebski, managing director of REMONDIS Sp. z o.o., commented: “This acquisition of Becker Polska is a further step towards achieving our goal of strengthening our regional presence in the Polish waste management market – a market which is gradually turning into a genuine recycling industry and supplier of raw materials. By extending our activities in the Lower Silesian region, we are able to be even closer to our customers and help ensure that Poland continues to have a guaranteed supply of raw materials.”
Thanks to the acquisition of van Gansewinkel’s and Becker’s Polish operations, REMONDIS has further strengthened its presence in the south west of Poland
The REMONDIS Group currently handles more than 1.5 million tonnes of recyclables and residual waste in Poland every year. At the same time it collaborates with over 200 local authorities across the country. Its now expanded network and strong regional presence will ensure that the company continues to be a success in Poland’s expanding recycling market.
Dr Marek Gebski, Managing Director REMONDIS Poland