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  • Dear Readers!

    Whilst the energy transition “experiment” continues unabated in Germany and the large energy providers find themselves in a difficult situation as they try to find out exactly what their main business now is, REMONDIS – as a consumer – has been taking action and has come up with some innovative solutions to tackle the energy problem. We have, for example, succeeded in considerably reducing energy consumption at our dismantling centre for waste electrical and electronic equipment at the Lippe Plant in Lünen by introducing a new energy management system. Whereas, in the past, it had only been possible to see how much energy the plant was consuming as a whole, a new software system – developed by the company itself – now enables the ­consumption of each individual piece of equipment and each individual light to be recorded. One of the responses to the results generated by this new system was to exchange all the lights in the plant with state-of-the-art LEDs. This has led to more light with fewer carbon emissions and lower costs and this idea is catching on across the whole of the group. This is what we at REMONDIS believe the energy transition to be.

    REMONDIS continues to enjoy healthy growth and not only in its home region of North Rhine-Westphalia. Our family-owned company has been expanding in the countries which are on its list of “core regions”. These include, for example, neighbouring countries such as Poland to the east and the Netherlands to the west. The Dutch recycling firm, van ­Gansewinkel, recently sold its Polish operations to ­REMONDIS. Furthermore, REMONDIS acquired the business locations and activities of the Becker Group in the south of Poland. Thanks to these latest transactions, we have succeeded in expanding our range of services for our Polish customers and strengthening our position on the Polish market – one of the company’s so-called core markets. At the time of going to press, we also received the good news that our Dutch subsidiary has taken over the Dusseldorp Group. This will considerably grow REMONDIS Nederland’s operations in the Dutch recycling sector.

    According to the Federal Office for National Statistics, the total debt of the local and district authorities in Germany lay at around 140 billion euros at the end of 2014 – and this figure is likely to rise. Some councils, however, are of the opinion that they can solve this problem by remunicipalising services that, they believe, fall into the category of “vital public services”. To be able to do this though they must spend large sums of money on setting up the necessary infrastructure – an infrastructure that private sector firms already have in place and which they could offer far more cost-effectively. We know from experience that the best solution is to work together as partners, as can be seen in the City of Freiburg in the Breisgau region. The PPP model continues to be a practicable solution that unites the two worlds in the best possible way and brings the most benefits for the regional economy and the local inhabitants.

    The arrival of hundreds of thousands of refugees in Germany to escape from their war-torn homelands will mean greater challenges as well as some great opportunities for our ­country and local authorities. Let us work together in a spirit of optimism and confidence to create a better future for ­everyone living in our country. REMONDIS is there as always to help and advise its municipal partners. 


    Ludger Rethmann

A stronger presence in Poland

  • 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 is looking to reduce landfilling

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.

Operations strengthened in the south of Poland

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.

Regional growth in the south west

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

A strong position in a growth market

  • 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

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