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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

Minister President of Brandenburg visits BUCHEN’s local branch

    • In the middle of June, the Minister President of the German state of Brandenburg, Dr Dietmar Woidke, travelled to BUCHEN’s branch in Schwedt as part of his “ZukunftsTour Jugend” – a tour he has organised to promote projects that offer young people promising career opportunities in his region. BUCHEN’s branch has already received a number of awards in recognition of its apprenticeship schemes and during his visit Dr Woidke was able to learn more about the apprenticeship jobs on offer. Above all, he was able to hear about how young people can train to become specialists for pipe, sewer and industrial services, a profession that is particularly important for the company.

    During his visit to BUCHEN, the Minister President of the State of Brandenburg, Dr Dietmar Woidke, (3rd from left) learned more about state-of-the-art cleaning technology

  • Priority on nurturing young talent

    The Minister President of Brandenburg was welcomed to Schwedt by Norbert Rethmann, honorary chairman of the supervisory board of the REMONDIS Group, as well as by BUCHEN managing director, Franz-Josef Englisch, and area manager, Wolf-Eckhardt Wüstenhagen. Moreover, a group of current apprentices, recently qualified apprentices and apprenticeship managers joined them to discuss the company’s programme. The Minister President soon discovered that he and Norbert Rethmann were very much on the same wavelength when it came to promoting young people’s careers: “Providing top quality apprenticeships is a key factor for ­success – both for the young people and for our company as a whole.”

High quality education

The BUCHEN Group, which has been part of REMONDIS for ten years now, has always promoted schemes that enable it to train young people itself and so build up its own future workforce. Each year, the company welcomes, on average, 20 new apprentices who wish to train to become a specialist for pipe, sewer and industrial services. BUCHEN’s branch in Schwedt teaches them all about the practical side of their future career. And they have proven to be very good at doing this: more than 120 young people have already successfully completed this course at the company, two of whom were named best in the country – excellent proof of the high quality of the apprenticeship offered by BUCHEN.

The “ZukunftsTour Jugend” tour was organised to promote projects that offer young people promising career opportunities in the German state of Brandenburg.

The Minister President made the most of this opportunity to ask the apprentices what they liked most about their work at BUCHEN. All those present agreed on one thing in particular: “The apprenticeship covers a whole range of topics. We get to learn about many different fields of business, are given lots of support by our trainers and the working environment is great, too.” Other positive aspects: the company guarantees to take the apprentices on, if they pass their apprenticeship exams and provides them with various opportunities to gain further qualifications.

A key success factor

BUCHEN has been offering this central apprenticeship scheme in Schwedt to train young people to become specialists for pipe, sewer and industrial services since 2008. The programme is a collaboration between the company, the ‘Oberstufenzentrum’ vocational college and the ‘Uckermärkischen Bildungsverbund’, a training association. “We have undertaken several measures to further increase the quality of the apprenticeship, including taking on a support teacher. We have also set up our own specialist workshop to allow the apprentices to hone their practical skills,” commented Franz-Josef Englisch.

The Minister President was clearly impressed by his visit – not least by the company’s wide range of equipment and the practical presentations given by the staff. Just a few days later, he wrote a very personal letter to the company thanking them once again for having him. He wrote: “I left with the impression that together you have created one of the most important factors for ensuring your company is a success: an open-minded and highly motivated team of employees.”

Every year, BUCHEN ­provides 20 young people with apprenticeship jobs that offer them excellent career prospects.

Specialists for complex tasks

At BUCHEN, qualified specialists for pipe, sewer and industrial services are able to dismantle machinery in large industrial plants and then clean the individual parts using a variety of physical or chemical cleaning processes. They help to analyse malfunctions at plants as well as to rectify such problems. Removing dirt and deposits using high pressure water jet technology is another of their tasks as is selecting and handling industrial lances, tank washing equipment, rotating heads and the different types of jets. The prospects of making a career at the company are very good indeed: as far as technical jobs are concerned, employees can take part in further courses to become a process specialist or foreman or to gain their master qualifications. On the other hand, they can improve their organisational skills to become an operations manager or works manager. 

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