2019 Members 'Meeting of the Verein Kunststoffland NRW'
Well-attended 2019 Members’ Meeting of the “Verein kunststoffland NRW”:
“Extending the dialogue with all interested parties and tackling current challenges responsibly”
Düsseldorf, July 2019 – It was in this spirit that chairman Reinhard Hoffmann, managing partner of Gerhardi Kunststofftechnik GmbH, led the 2019 Members’ Meeting of the “Verein kunststoffland NRW” – the association for the plastics State of North Rhine Westphalia. This year’s meeting was hosted by association member Greiwing logistics for you GmbH, who, together with association member Sievert Handel Transport GmbH, had invited members to Wesel. As excellent hosts, Jürgen Greiwing, managing partner of GREIWING logistics for you GmbH, and Rui Macedo, managing director of Sievert Handel Transport GmbH, provided participants with competent first-hand information.
Jürgen Greiwing: “Our customers greatly appreciate the fact that we have been able to offer them – reliably and for many years now – concepts extending far beyond transport and storage.”
Rui Macedo: “We have only recently extended our capacities especially for the plastics industry and can now not only process considerably greater volumes but also offer our customers more services over the length of the added value chain.”
The participants at the kunststoffland NRW Members’ Meeting were able to see for themselves that logistics today involves far more than just transporting goods from A to B. Host Jürgen Greiwing also took the opportunity to invite participants on a guided tour of the company premises. A pellet sorting plant was installed at the company back in 2000 already. In the meantime, the range of process technologies that GREIWING provides at this location especially for its plastics-industry customers extends from drying and sorting units through to sieving and homogenization equipment. This range of services is supplemented by high-quality storage facilities, with aluminum and stainless-steel silos, as well as mobile racks with sprinkler systems for the individual positions. “We have a great deal of know-how and experience, plus a whole range of special equipment, and are optimally qualified to perform all types of jobs for the plastics industry”, Greiwing reported.
Joint commitment to the plastics industry as a whole
Richard Hoffmann was highly delighted at the great interest shown by members. More than a third of members came, which was both a good sign and firm proof of the association’s vitality. The detailed reports by the chairman and his Board colleagues on the activities specially geared to all the relevant theme areas were very well received. These extended from the dialogue with political figures – including the industry discussion between the Board and Andreas Pinkwart, Minister of Economic Affairs of the state of North Rhine Westphalia, right through to numerous networking activities on the TOP subjects of additive manufacturing, lightweight construction and the circular economy for plastics.
A clear course: association membership continuing to grow
kunststoffland NRW has acquired a large number of new members in the 2018/2019 association year, including Arburg, Jockey Plastik, Wessel-PKF, Daikin Chemical Europe, Hufschmied Zerspanungssysteme and SVD Verpackungen. The association now has a total of 164 members, with the number still rising. In this way, the association, which is the sole association covering the entire plastics added value chain, can further consolidate its role as the mouthpiece in its location.
Hoffmann appealed to members to make a tangible contribution, precisely at times like this: “We still require your support, ideas and questions – especially for the major topic of the EU plastics strategy. And, as a technology state, we must make a key contribution to the subject of plastics waste”. Precisely the authentic commitment of kunststoffland NRW’s members and their constructive dialog highlights the successful impact of the association in a very clear manner.
Elections to the Board of Directors: continuity and renewal
In addition to the focal topics covered, the agenda included the election and re-election of a number of Board members. Rolf Saß, Engel Deutschland GmbH and deputy association chairman of kunststoffland NRW is stepping down from the Board after nine years. Peter Barlog, Barlog Plastics GmbH – already a Board member to date – received the full support of members to become deputy association chairman alongside Prof. Dr. Hopmann and Dr. Bach. Ines Oud, managing director of simcon kunststofftechnische software GmbH was elected a new member of the Board.