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  • Dear Readers!

    There is a political stalemate in Germany at the moment. With four of the six parties elected to Germany’s new Parliament failing to find a compromise so that they can form a government, the country’s political future – at the time we went to print – is more uncertain than ever. A so-called Jamaica coalition, which gets its name from the colours of the different parties: black for the two Conservative coalition partners CDU and CSU, yellow for the Liberals FDP, and green for the Bündnis90/Die Grünen (the colours of the Jamaican flag), would appear to no longer be an option after the parties’ exploratory talks broke down on 19 November. At the same time, the Social Democrats seem to be sticking to their decision not to form another ‘grand coalition’ with their Conservative counterparts. There are certainly some huge political hurdles to overcome. Whilst some would prefer more state control, others are looking to follow a more typically liberal course with greater freedom for businesses. The Green’s desire to speed up the move towards an energy sector without fossil fuels (including shutting down coal-fired power stations and getting rid of internal combustion engines earlier than planned) is proving to be an obstacle for those with more conservative political interests. And, whilst the Liberals are finally fighting to expand digital networks in rural areas, the Conservatives would appear to be merely paying digital lip service to this subject.

    And yet there is no time to lose. The economy is already going through a structural change as a result of the next industrial revolution and this revolution is both digital and electrical. It has come at a time when the world is facing the huge challenges of climate change and a growing number of environmental problems which, in the end, will make it difficult to meet the global population’s needs.

    Even sand – a substance we would seem to be surrounded by – is becoming scarce. And, once again, it is our industry that has come up with a solution. If we are to curb global warming, move away from fossil fuels and conserve our planet’s raw materials, then setting up a genuine circular economy must be at the very centre of a government’s policy. If Germany, a country with so few natural resources of its own, is to remain an important industrial location in the future as supplies of raw materials become ever scarcer, then the spotlight must be turned on recycling. Recycling must be at the forefront of everyone’s minds, especially of product designers. The foundations were created for this when the Packaging Law was introduced during the last legislative period as this lays down product responsibility and market-based measures to promote recycling. What is needed now is to transfer these standards so that they apply to all products.
    There is always much to celebrate at the end of the year. REMONDIS is, for example, celebrating sixty years of plastics recycling at RE PLANO and, of course, that you – our custom-ers, friends, partners and employees – have remained loyal to us throughout the year. Together, day by day, we can help make the world that little bit more sustainable.
    We would like to thank you for your great support and collab-oration over the last twelve months and wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and successful New Year.


    Ludger Rethmann

A reward for outstanding work

  • Erecting work platforms and protective scaffolding high above the ground or in areas that are difficult to access is a great challenge, particularly in the industrial sector. XERVON, which is also the largest scaffolding business in Germany, has an excellent record here – also when it comes to workplace safety. This REMONDIS company has now been honoured by Covestro who recently presented it with its Contractor Safety Award.

  • Covestro’s NRW site manager, Dr Klaus Jaeger (left), presenting the award to XERVON managing director, Klaus Thiele, during a special ceremony held in Krefeld-Uerdingen

Not a single reportable accident during the projects

  • Covestro, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-tech polymer materials, presents its Safety Award to external partner firms who have demonstrated outstanding levels of work safety at its production sites. This year, this coveted prize went to XERVON. XERVON has been working successfully with Bayer MaterialScience, now Covestro, for over 40 years. Major shutdowns had been planned at a number of its plants last year, all of which needed scaffolding so that the facilities could be maintained and serviced. Throughout this period, XERVON did not have a reportable accident nor did they have a single first aid case. “The performance of the employees here was truly impressive,” said Dr Klaus Jaeger, Covestro’s NRW site manager.

    Covestro put on a special lunch to thank XERVON’s scaffolding team

  • No. 1 priority: health & safety

    XERVON holds regular staff training courses, continuously improves its personal protective equipment and systematically implements its work safety management system to make sure that the subject of safety is permanently at the forefront of everyone’s minds. “Our number one priority is keeping our employees safe and this is a fundamental part of our business strategy,” explained XERVON managing director, Klaus Thiele. “Our collaboration with Covestro is particularly constructive. We often sit down together to discuss how processes can be further improved and then ensure these ideas are integrated into the next project.”

A safety award from Evonik

XERVON’s scaffolding experts have also been honoured by Evonik in recognition of their excellent cooperation work and their outstanding workplace safety – the first time this award has ever been presented at its plant in Hanau. The performance of the contractors was evaluated by a number of Evonik employees working in the areas of technology, production, work safety and plant security.

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