„Nature knows no waste, nor do we!“
On the evening of September 11th, a very special moment in the history of the family business was celebrated at the premises of the Müller-Guttenbrunn group in Amstetten, Austria:
“100 years Recycling in Teamwork”.
This anniversary is composed of three birthdays, namely 60 years Metall Recycling Mü -Gu, 30 years Metran and 10 years MBA Polymers. Some 400 people accepted the invitation of this leading European recycling company. Numerous prominent representatives from politics, customers, suppliers and recycling experts from all over Europe travelled to Amstetten to celebrate with the family Müller-Guttenbrunn.
At the beginning of an exciting evening Mr. KR Herbert and Dietrich Müller-Guttenbrunn looked back at the start of the company in Waidhofen/Ybbs. “The company was founded by our father after the war and started off with the collection of war relics. That formed the start of a rapid growth and a wide array of developments in the course of the company history”.
Dr. Stephan Pernkopf, responsible for energy and environment in the Lower Austrian Government congratulated the family to their success story and especially praised the sustainable philosophy of company group: “Proper recycling forms the basis for the energy and environmental policy. The company Müller-Guttenbrunn shows how proper and sustainable recycling works and there is no better way to do it! It should not be forgotten how much CO2 is saved by proper recycling! Since the natural resources are becoming increasingly scarce, I am convinced that the Müller-Guttenbrunn group can look into the future with optimism. ”
Also Amstettens Mayor Ursula Puchebner stood up to congratulate the company: “Müller-Guttenbrunn is an important company for Amstetten since the 70s, as the company started as pioneer in the development of the industrial area in the eastern part of Amstetten. The company as well as the family are a prime example of reliable and good partners to the city council and they actively contribute to the city concept. Through its pioneering role in metal and plastic recycling I am confident that we will continue to find many synergies. ”
Mrs. Mag. Giehser, of the Coordinating Body for the Collection and Recycling of Electronics in Austria (EAK) and Mr. Norbert Zonneveld of the European Electronics Recyclers Association (EERA) discussed the most important challenges in the field of the collection and recycling of E-Waste equipment and stressed the need for more action to reduce the illegal export of E-Waste and to strengthen the development of European recycling standards, that should be enforced by law.
The conclusion of the round of interviews was made with the current CEO, Mag. Christian Müller-Guttenbrunn – the third generation of family members leading this family business.
Nature knows no waste, nor do we: “Our company motto puts it in a nutshell! Unfortunately, the full potential of the waste is very often not recognized. That’s why we invest heavily in innovation and new plants to recycle mainly scrap and since the last 10 years we specialize in E-Waste recycling. Rising disposal costs are motivator for companies like us to always find new ways of recycling.” That works, it is innovative and it is also increasingly recognized as sustainable. We occupy some 1,200 employees at 15 locations in Europe, which jointly recycle around 850,000 MT tonnes of metal containing wastes every year.
“My greatest wish at this series of anniversaries is that we continue to have such dedicated and motivated employees in the years to come” formulated Christian Müller-Guttenbrunn.
The highlight of the festivities was formed by a spectacular history show with acrobatics of international artists accompanied by the rhythmic sound of the “Drumatical theaters”.
Fotos: photographer Serge Hombroukx
Foto 1: Dietrich Müller-Guttenbrunn (left) and KR Herbert Müller-Guttenbrunn (right)
Foto 2: CEO Mag. Christian Müller-Guttenbrunn ventured a forwarding looking view into the future of recycling.