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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.

    Yours

    Thomas Conzendorf

Company history stretches back 40 years

  • Reputation is not just of value in people’s personal lives. It is important for firms to make a good name for themselves as well – as a badge of recognition, a factor for success and as a guarantee for the promise of quality linked to this. The brand does not necessarily have to be as old as the company. REMEX, for example, has been celebrating the 30th anniversary of its brand; the company itself, however, was founded around 40 years ago.

Over 60 business locations

REMEX is firmly established on the recycling market as a specialist for professionally managing construction and industrial mineral waste. With over 60 business locations at home and abroad and more than 800 employees, the company has a portfolio that covers all areas of mineral waste management – from processing the materials in its own facilities, to recycling, to disposal. Its primary goal is always to recover resources in a sustainable and cost-effective way.

“Together with the other milestones we have enjoyed over the last decades, this anniversary of our brand is a further landmark in our company’s lively history.”

Michael Stoll, Managing Director of REMEX GmbH

A success right from the start

The company’s business activities began in Düsseldorf in 1981 as B+R Baustoff-Handel und Recycling GmbH. The REMEX name was officially registered as the business’s brand name nine years later. The company was a success right from the very start. Over the years, REMEX has added numerous related fields of business to its portfolio and gradually expanded geographically – both in Germany as well as into international markets. This ongoing growth is also reflected in REMEX’s brands. Nowadays, it includes further well-respected brands, such as remexit (quality assured recycled aggregate), granova (quality-controlled secondary aggregate from incineration bottom ash) and MERIT (a technology to recover metals). All of these names are well known both in Europe and overseas, just like the company itself.

An extended range of services

  • With REMEX’s international activities continuing to steadily increase, it decided to change its company name, which had, up to then, had a more national feel about it: since 15 October, REMEX Mineralstoff GmbH has been run under the name REMEX GmbH. Dropping the German word, “Mineralstoff”, not only reflects its growing internationality but also its wider range of services.

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