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  • Dear Readers!

    Equal opportunities are a tricky subject. It goes without saying, of course, that we believe all children should have the same opportunities to give them a fair start in life – no matter where they may be born. Indeed, we would consider it to be highly unfair if it weren’t the case. When it comes to equal opportunities in the waste management industry, however, Germany has created a seriously unfair competitive situation that is not only inefficient but also a financial burden for taxpayers and the private sector. The issue here is value added tax (VAT). Municipal companies are exempt from charging VAT and so have a price advantage of up to 19% over their private sector competitors. Whilst privately run firms are subject to VAT laws, municipal businesses are not – even though they provide exactly the same service. The results: privately owned companies are being pushed out of the market by state-owned monopolies, private sector jobs are being put at risk, revenue from business tax and VAT is falling, which, in the end, impacts negatively on local authorities. A recent legal report published by Professor Roman Seer from the Institute for Tax Law and Tax Procedure Law at the Ruhr University in Bochum has revealed that this system is in breach of the law – with consumers paying a heavy price.

    Rhenus Recycling has now become REMONDIS Recycling – an excellent addition to REMONDIS’ portfolio. All glass, plastics and textile recycling activities are now in the hands of the recycling specialists REMONDIS. Thanks to this move, the company’s customers will benefit from an even bigger and more closely knit network of recycling locations. The deposit return system for managing the return of drinks bottles and cans is also part of this portfolio and will also be run under REMONDIS’ name in the future. One of the reasons why German consumers do not need to return bottles to the supermarket they actually bought them from is because REMONDIS Recycling operates seven counting centres for disposable bottles across the whole of Germany and offers a reliable IT system with comprehensive billing services for food retailers and industrial businesses. Welcome to REMONDIS.

    It is extremely important in these turbulent times for companies to be aware of their social responsibilities. This is perhaps a little easier for REMONDIS being a provider of recycling services as it has an excellent sustainability record and can offer 33,000 people a permanent job – but there is always more that can be done. Whether it be investing in educational projects such as the RECYCLING PROFESSIONALS, helping to make children more traffic aware to keep them safe on our roads or donating a vacuum truck to improve living conditions at a refugee camp in Iraq. REMONDIS and all its employees work hard each and every day to make our world that little bit better. Maybe this was the reason why 632 young people have chosen to start an apprenticeship at our company this year – ‘working for the future’. A very big welcome to all our new colleagues at REMONDIS.

    Yours

    Max Köttgen

Complex tasks

  • This is seaside living at its best: a number of exclusive flats are currently being built in Nacka Strand – right on the water’s edge and with a spectacular view of the marina and the city. REMONDIS’ subsidiary, XERVON, is responsible for the complex task of erecting the scaffolding and providing protection against the weather for this major building project.

  • A growing demand for new homes

    Stockholm is considered to be among the prettiest of the world’s cities. Commonly known as the Venice of the North, the Swedish capital offers an attractive mixture of urban life and unspoiled nature that is not only attracting an ever growing number of people wishing to visit the city but also wishing to live there. This gradual increase in the city’s population has meant that there is also a growing demand for new homes. One of the solutions has been to strengthen the links between the city centre and its immediate surroundings by improving ferry services, bus routes and the underground network. One example is the Municipality of Nacka, which lies just outside the city of Stockholm and effectively connects the capital to the 30,000 islands and islets – known as skerries – in the Baltic Sea.

    The old office complex is being turned into 268 new flats, each with a balcony, large windows and a spectacular view of the water.

    268 new flats are currently being built in Nacka Strand, all of which will have a modern layout, contemporary furnishings and a view of Stockholm. An old office building, with a total floor space of around 44,500 square metres, is gradually being transformed into attractive residential homes. Work is to be carried out on the outside of the building throughout – with new windows needing to be installed, balconies built and a twelfth floor added for the penthouse flats. This major project, which began in 2016 and is due to last until 2019, was initiated by Skanska Sverige, one of Sweden’s leading property developers, together with the US private equity firm, Carlyle. All in all, the partners are expecting to invest 123 million euros in this venture.

    Specialists for bespoke solutions: with the location being so exposed to the elements, a special façade scaffolding had to be designed for the building

  • Complex scaffolding requirements

    The building’s outstanding location – right next to the Baltic Sea and the marina – will certainly add greatly to its appeal and make it a very desirable place to live. It is, however, making some construction work more difficult. This is especially true for the scaffolding work which is the responsibility of XERVON Sweden AB. XERVON project manager Jacob Holm explained: “The sheer size of the project, the height of the building and its location next to the water have all created a whole number of technical challenges. It is, for example, very much exposed to the elements which means we have to take all of the forces caused by wind and weather into account.” This is particularly true for the gigantic structure that has been erected almost 35 metres above the ground to protect the building against the weather. This protection was essential: it would have been impossible to add the new penthouse floor without it.

    XERVON’s scaffolding division is well known for always being able to deliver the number of personnel and volumes of material needed.

    Organising the logistics also proved to be a challenge, as the construction site is right in the centre of a residential area. In order to make sure their work impacted as little as possible on normal city life, XERVON decided to deliver the 15,000m2 of scaffolding material and the 8,000m2 of weather protection in the early hours of the morning where cranes were then used to hoist them into position.

Partners from the very start

Planning work on the project began more than twelve months before the actual building work started and XERVON has been involved from the very first moment. The company has arranged for between 12 and 16 experienced operatives to be on site throughout the whole of the construction phase. Jacob Holm continued: “We have succeeded in finding the best and most effective solution no matter how complicated the task. This can be put down to our know-how and experience and, of course, to the successful way our two firms have worked together.” The first families will be able to move into their new flats in the summer of 2018 – in this idyllic setting right next to the skerries and yet still so close to the vibrant city of Stockholm.

  • XERVON Sweden AB

    XERVON Sweden AB is one of the leading scaffolding businesses in Sweden. Based in Stockholm-Kungsängen, it has branches in Gothenburg, Karlstad, Norrköping and Örebro. It primarily serves customers operating in the fields of infrastructure, construction, chemicals and petrochemicals as well as the energy sector. xervon.se

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