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  • Dear Readers!

    Everyone’s greatest wish at the moment is for life to return to normal. So let us take a look at the positive things that have happened. And there have been a great deal of them, many of which can be put down to the very good collaboration with you – our partners, friends and employees. As the year draws to a close, it is traditionally a time to take stock of the last twelve months and happily 2020 was not as bad as may have been expected considering the overall situation. At the same time, we can look ahead to 2021 with hope and optimism.

    One example is our return to the Dual System, the scheme in Germany for managing old sales packaging. Maybe some of you may remember when we withdrew our own Dual System, EKO-PUNKT, from the market in the summer of 2014 as it had become impossible to predict the legal and business risks at the time. But then the Packaging Law came into force – finally putting an end to the infinite number of amendments that were being made to the old Packaging Ordinance. Which means that the necessary framework conditions are now in place for us to return to the Dual System market. Following its first attempt (the acquisition of DSD which was unfortunately turned down by the monopolies commission), REMONDIS has now purchased RK, a Dual System that owns a full set of valid licences but, as yet, has no share of the market. Ideal conditions for us to play a role in this market again – something that is as natural for a recycling firm to do as it is for Father Christmas to wear a red hat. And so RK will become the new EKO-PUNKT Dual System. In the style of that famous film from the 80s, we’re going “Back to the future!”

    Christmas is also a time where we may traditionally make a wish. The European Commission and the German government wish to have so-called green steel, i.e. steel that is produced without fossil fuels and so emits as little CO2 as possible. Focus is being put here on “green hydrogen” as a potential climate-neutral source of energy. As with so many wishes, however, the first question is where should this green energy come from? And, above all, who should pay for it? Leaving aside the fact that there is as yet no official definition for green steel, the chances of there being sufficient supplies of green hydrogen available on the market any time soon would appear to be slim with the development towards renewable electricity generation moving so slowly. And yet, this sought-after green steel has been around for ages. It is produced from high quality scrap steel, over eight million tonnes of which is recovered and returned to production cycles by TSR using a process that is for the most part climate neutral – without having to consume land, without having to use additional resources and without having to needlessly transport material half way around the globe. Sounds almost like Christmas, but it’s true.

    Against the backdrop of all this good news, we would like to thank you all for the great collaboration work. May we take this opportunity to wish you a happy Christmas and all the very best for the coming year.


    Thomas Conzendorf

Operating with three recycling divisions

  • TSR, REMONDIS’ steel and metal recycling subsidiary, has purchased five business locations in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria and Sweden from Sims Metal Management, an Australian-American recycling company. Thanks to this acquisition, TSR has been able to considerably expand its metal recycling operations. In the future, the company will be operating on the market with three different recycling divisions: the first division will comprise its classic ferrous and non-ferrous metal recycling activities, the second division all existing downstream metal recovery activities and the third the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).

A milestone in the company’s development

“By purchasing these businesses, we have succeeded in extending our portfolio to include WEEE recycling as well as to further expand our downstream operations,” said Christian Thielen, commercial managing director at TSR, explaining the strategic decision behind this step. “These changes are important and necessary milestones in the development of our company. They will help to strengthen our position on the market and give us a further competitive edge,” he concluded.

“By purchasing these businesses, we have succeeded in extending our portfolio to include WEEE recycling as well as to further expand our downstream operations.”

Christian Thielen, Commercial Managing Director at TSR

New brands under TSR’s roof

  • The companies have also been given new names to reflect these changes: M&R Recycling Solutions, MIREC and METRADE. M&R Recycling Solutions’ business in Bergkamen, a town situated in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, primarily focuses on downstream activities. From here, it handles mixed fractions of materials containing metal from a variety of treatment processes to produce concentrates for the iron and steel industry. Covering a surface area of 80,000 square metres and with a workforce of just under 150 people, this is the largest of the five new units. A total of around 185 employees recycle e-waste at MIREC’s plants in Eindhoven (Netherlands), Sint-Niklaas (Belgium) and Katrineholm (Sweden). And METRADE’s operations at its Austrian Müllendorf facility also focus on WEEE recycling: approx. 30 people process old electrical devices here.

    This transaction is being rounded off by the company’s decision to pool together all of REMONDIS’ WEEE recycling activities and downstream units under TSR’s roof. As a result, REMONDIS Electrorecycling’s operations and Indra Recycling in Hockenheim are to be integrated into TSR at the beginning of next year. This will create additional synergies and make the business processes even more efficient.

    M&R Recycling Solutions’ business in Bergkamen primarily focuses on downstream activities

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