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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

38 years in executive management

In the RETHMANN Group, Reinhard Lohmann first held the post of commercial managing director, later going on to become CFO and then CEO. After leaving the board of management, he joined the supervisory board of the Group. He headed the supervisory boards of the three divisional companies SARIA, REMONDIS and Rhenus for many years as chairman.

It all began at the end of the 70s

  • A retrospective: One year after the appointment of Dr. Hermann Niehues in 1979, Reinhard Lohmann, another economist from the University of Münster, joined the company as commercial manager and later CFO and CEO of the Group. In comparison to present-day dimensions, the enterprise, with 288 staff members and revenue of DM 42 million, was much smaller at the end of the 1970s.

    In the course of the later company history, a host of strategic decisions were made that laid the foundations for growth and success of the three divisional companies. In each of these weighty decisions, Reinhard Lohmann faced the task of ensuring that the financing strategy would be viable and administrative integration successful after the takeover.

    Joined in responsibility in 2008: from left to right: Ludger Rethmann (CEO of REMONDIS), Reinhard Lohmann (CEO of the entire RETHMANN Group), Norbert Rethmann (Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the RETHMANN Group) and Klemens Rethmann (CEO of Rhenus)

Almost four decades of valuable contributions

At the farewell party, Norbert Rethmann, honorary chairman of the supervisory board and member of the supervisory board of the RETHMANN Group, also stated for the record: “Consisting of Dr. Hermann Niehues, Reinhard Lohmann and myself, a team of leaders coalesced in a field of highly creative and productive friction. The motivation was rooted in a philosophy of leadership that paid off again and again: delegating responsibility – including at the highest levels – in a trustworthy and challenging format and in this manner encouraging an entrepreneurial way of acting.“

Reinhard Lohmann: “I have spent 38 wonderful years replete with wide-ranging experiences at this company. I would like to thank Mr. Rethmann and the family as well for allowing me to act so freely. This latitude and the possibility to change and shape things were of immeasurable value, and a real bonus in it all was that I was able to work with so many congenial persons. That was how it was at this company from the very beginning.“

A member of the supervisory board since 2015

  • Since 1 January 2001, Dr. Hermann Niehues acting as CEO, Reinhard Lohmann in the capacity of CFO and Klemens and Ludger Rethmann serving as the additional members of the board of management have been at the helm of the company group. Hermann Niehues died on 7 September 2008 following a tragic horse-riding accident. Reinhard Lohmann succeeded him as CEO of the Rethmann GROUP on 1 October 2008. After leaving the board of management in 2015, Reinhard Lohmann remained with the Group, switching to the supervisory board.

    The members of the boards of management and supervisory boards of REMONDIS, Rhenus and SARIA at the farewell party in January 2018

    In the words of Norbert Rethmann: “Mr. Lohmann, I would like to extend our thanks to you for your extraordinary work on behalf of the RETHMANN Group. You played a crucial role in this undertaking. Thanks to your entrepreneurial spirit and your acumen, not only in business administration, but also in terms of your interpersonal skills interacting with staff members, business partners and competitors, you have played a major role in shaping the history and corporate culture of the enterprise.“

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