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REMONDIS’ International Management Meeting was held in Cologne this year from 04 to 06 October. REMONDIS board member, Egbert Tölle, welcomed 70 managers from all around the world to the event. This three-day conference was used to present the company’s latest results, to explain the group’s global strategy as well as to discuss the possibility of expanding into new international markets.
This annual management meeting is also extremely important as it enables the managing directors from the company’s many different international subsidiaries to discuss business with one another – something that is becoming increasingly necessary with the group’s international activities expanding so rapidly. Over the three days in Cologne, therefore, they exchanged experiences, presented their successful concepts and developed ideas for improving their own business operations. Moreover, an impressive supporting programme had been organised that focused on the ‘cities of the future’ this year.
Prominent speakers from the technology and logistics sectors had been invited to attend the event including Pedro Miranda, corporate vice president responsible for SIEMENS One, Dr Johannes F. Kirchhoff, managing partner of the Kirchhoff Group, and Dr Armin Vogel, managing director of SSI Schäfer. In their talks, they presented the way their companies believed urban areas would develop over the coming years. Besides portraying their industry-specific visions of future megacities, they also took a look at the general challenges and opportunities that such developments will entail.
Many of the guests felt that their predictions of how environmental services will develop in the future to be extremely bold. They all, however, agreed on one thing: the way modern technology develops will be crucial for the smart cities of the future.
Town planners will find themselves hitting a barrier if the right technology is not available. Looking at the basic needs of city inhabitants – such as drinking water supply, transport and practical waste management systems – then developing state-of-the-art technology is a must if the environmental sector is to function effectively.
REMONDIS’ international managers were joined by prominent speakers from the technology and logistics sectors.
At the end of the three days, the international managers taking part in this year’s REMONDIS Management Meeting were able to return to their homelands with the many new and inspirational ideas discussed in the historical city of Cologne.