About a year ago, in January 2021, we took over Schneider Rohstoffe GmbH & Co. KG as a new “waste paper” unit with its headquarters in Buchholz in der Nordheide in order to expand our product portfolio.
The integration into the Brüning Group went smoothly and positive developments are already clearly visible. Since the takeover, the unit has been steadily expanded, it has grown in personnel and set up more broadly. Imports and exports, especially in the area of special grades, have been expanded and the international flow of goods has increased. And we want to increase the capacities in European import and export even further.
However, the waste paper industry is currently facing some challenges and is undergoing a lot of change. As in many other industries, the pandemic is hitting the waste paper market very hard. Lack of quantities is one of the biggest problems, there is too little waste paper on a national level to cover the demand. Therefore, Germany still needs high import quantities. In addition, quality requirements are changing or quality is becoming more important. In contrast to the past, when the European paper industry produced more graphic paper, more and more qualities are being produced for the so-called “brown goods”, i.e. packaging made of cardboard and cardboard boxes – a consequence of the enormously increasing mail-order business.
In order to successfully master these challenges, we have resolved to prepare the waste paper unit even better for the future. We have decided to relocate the waste paper unit to Bremen, where we want to intensify cooperation with the other units of the Brüning Group, focusing on cross-unit cooperation, e.g. through joint contacts and business partners. In the future, we want to make greater use of our own resources within the company and optimally profit from synergy effects. In addition, we want to expand the logistical processes and thus become more flexible. With Brüning Logistics we have a strong partner at our side in Bremen. The company headquarters will be the Brüning Group headquarters in Fischerhude.
Kerstin Meyer, responsible for the management of the waste paper unit, states: “Despite the difficult market situation, we are positive about the future, because our experience, competence and structure mean that we always find solutions for our customers and can guarantee our business partners the best possible service.”