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  • Dear Readers!

    2018 has been an extraordinary year for our group. There have been some great business opportunities around – in the area of recycling as well as in the global market for mobility, both in the private and public transport sector. We have been able to make the most of these opportunities by taking steps to acquire DSD (Duales System Deutschland GmbH) – as has the RETHMANN Group, which is intending to purchase shares in Transdev, a leading global operator of mobility solutions based in France. Both transactions must still be approved by the rele-vant authorities.

    As an operator and global integrator of mobility solutions, Transdev – “the mobility company” – provides eleven million passenger trips every day, connecting people and places with its efficient and environmentally friendly transport services. Transdev advises and collaborates with public authorities and private sector firms providing sustainable, safe and innovative transport solutions.

    82,000 employees serve the company’s customers and passengers in 20 countries. In 2017, it generated a turnover of 6.6 billion euros. Transdev’s operations, however, not only include trains, trams and buses. People using the ferries in Sydney to get across Sydney Harbour are also Transdev’s customers. And the company’s portfolio also has cable car networks and auto-mated minibuses. With Transdev being so important for our family-run company, it makes absolute sense for the mobility group to become the RETHMANN Group’s fourth main field of business alongside REMONDIS, Rhenus and SARIA.

    This past year has been one of the driest since records began in Germany. This has, on the one hand, led to the water levels of our rivers being much lower than normal – quite possibly the lowest levels ever – causing huge problems for inland shipping companies and their customers. On the other, it has once again turned the spotlight on the subjects of climate change and resource conservation. The Vatican is also worried about “our Common Home”. Pope Francis made it clear just how worried he is when he wrote his “Laudato si’” encyclical. REMONDIS joined a number of other family business owners to attend the first Roman Forum, which was held in the Holy City and organised by the BDE [Federal Association of the German Waste Management Industry]. During the event, the participants had a moving meeting with the Holy Father who was impressed by the initiatives of these privately run businesses to promote sustainability.

    Talking about sustainability: Meyer Werft, a shipbuilding business in Papenburg, is also focusing on sustainable production activities – and on building environmentally friendly ships having recently launched its first gas-fuelled cruise ship. This traditional company is also being supported by REMONDIS. Heading for new shores together, so to speak.

    May we take this opportunity to thank you for your great support and collaboration over the last twelve months and wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and successful New Year.

    Ihr Ludger Rethmann

  • Processes are setting new standards

    • What is the best way to recover as many metals as possible from incinerator bottom ash (IBA)? This is a question that recycling specialists across the world have been looking to solve. The answer has been found by REMEX GmbH, a company belonging to the REMONDIS Group. It is setting new standards with its smart metal recovery technology, MERIT®, that it unveiled just recently.

    • REMEX’s series of 3D animations show how the different metals are recovered and processed: remex-processing.com

  • Now possible to recover very small pieces of metal

    MERIT® is a system that has been developed thanks to REMEX’s international research and development activities. This innovative technology, whose name derives from the term “metal recovery intelligence”, is already being used in a number of REMEX’s recycling facilities. The biggest advantage of this process: even the smallest pieces of non-ferrous metal (two to four millimetres in size) can now be filtered out of the IBA. Conventional treatment plants do not recycle these very small particles because they do not have the technology able to do this.

    REMEX is the market leader in both Germany and the Netherlands for processing IBA.

    The volumes of non-ferrous metals (such as aluminium and copper) able to be recovered can now be greatly increased thanks to MERIT®. What’s more, the system is environmentally friendly and cost effective as it improves the quality of the recovered metals. Not only REMEX’s customers benefit. Other recycling businesses can also make the most of this innovative technology via cooperation agreements.

  • An international role model in the Netherlands

    HEROS Sluiskil B.V., a company situated in the south west of the Netherlands, demonstrates perfectly how the new MERIT® technology can be used. A subsidiary of REMEX-Mineralstoff GmbH, this firm operates Europe’s largest IBA treatment plant, handling around 700,000 tonnes of IBA every year.

    Every year, REMEX handles more than 2.5 million tonnes of IBA in its recycling plants – a volume equivalent to the household waste generated by ca. 23 million people.

    A modern metal treatment facility was also built at HEROS’ site in Sluiskil at the same time the MERIT® technology was introduced. This facility focuses on cleaning and sorting non-ferrous metal concentrate from REMEX’s recycling plants so that it can be returned to production cycles and reused. The concentrate travels over an air conveyor containing a number of different sieves so that the non-ferrous metal can be separated into light and heavy metals. The end product: high-purity metal fractions that can be sent straight to foundries for reuse – further processing is not necessary.

The goal: 100% recycling

This is not the first time that REMEX has succeeded in developing the technology it uses to improve metal recovery rates. When producing its quality-assured aggregate (granova®) from IBA, for example, it is able to recover around 90 percent of the ferrous and non-ferrous metals contained in the ash. These metals are then processed so they can be returned to production cycles. The company continues to set itself ambitious targets, as REMEX managing director Michael Stoll explained: “Our overall goal is to operate a system that makes 100% recycling possible – where smart technology enables absolutely all resources to be recovered and reused.”

REMEX links its international locations

REMEX is also expanding its activities in Asia. This August, the company’s facility in the Malaysian city of Pasir Gudang began processing metals recovered from incinerator bottom ash (IBA). These ferrous and non-ferrous metals are being supplied by REMEX’s metal recovery plant in the neighbouring country of Singapore, which was built back in 2015 and processes around 1,600 tonnes of IBA every day.

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