Learning derived in operations – utilized for future practice

Already in the 20th of the last century garbage collection and processingproducts and techniques made in Germany have been have been renown internationally for their high quality and durability. German manufacturers have been distributing their products globally, and have been the driver of innovation industry. Most of the sector’s innovations and milestones, like rolling oval dust bin, the roto-pressure-system or MGB 240 and MGB 1100, have been developed and introduced in Germany. This is not only thanks to the ingenuity of its engineers, but also related to the level of standardization regulating the local market, which guarantees the quality of the products produced and also ensures a framework in which innovations can flourish.

To tie in with this long tradition of quality and innovation and in order to sustain in the modern and volatile markets of the present, new models of collaboration are required. The effective and interlinked collaboration of different stakeholders along the supply chain is one of the major keys to sustain and grow the current market position.

By transforming the SASE into the meeting and conference center of the industry, we are able to initiate and facilitate these networks and became a market place for ideas, innovations as well as technologies that will determine the industry’s future.

The German waste management companiesare, despite many upheavals, leading in many sectors of the industry. In the year 2013 German companies in this sector processed 370 tons of waste, employed 250 000 people and generated a revenue of 40 Billion €.
Comparing the international recycling quotas for paper, glass, plastics and metal also illustrates this role as Germany holds a leading position in all of these benchmarks. Private enterprises ensure the outstanding quality of the drinking water provided and utilize latest technologies to turn sewage into environmentally save treated wastewater.

German manufacturers of products along the waste management supply chain, like the companies of the specialized automotive sector, are an international benchmark in terms of technologies and quality. In recent years these companies have invested more than 30 Billion Euros in state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly recycling and processing facilities: Know-how and expertise has become a German trademark in this sector and created a vast international demand for solutions “made in Germany”. But still, the waste management sector is a niche compared to other branches in the industry. In 2013 the classical forwarding and logistics industry generated, according to the BVL (German Logistics Association), revenue of 225 Billion Euro – more than five times more than the waste disposal industry.
The threat posed by diversifying and arising new competitors who have their core business in other industries may not be underestimated and even disruptions caused to single companies can have an impact on the waste management industry as a whole. The niche nature of the waste management industry with the often small and specialized companies has led to many dependencies that can easily be harmed. Therefore, cooperation and alignment are the key to success and even more important than in other less specialized industries.

Joint developments of technical innovations, norms and quality standard as well as aligned representation of the industry can raise barriers of entry for potential competitors considering to enlarge their scope to waste management. Due to this mechanism, networking and collaboration are strategies to ensure market stability and the sustainability of the current companies.

Designing the future together

As the collaboration hub for the industry, SASE serves this function as the neutral forum, where different companies can leave the daily business behind and focus and steer the solutions of tomorrow. Especially in smaller industries the paradigm shift from pure competition to trusted collaboration is a win-win situation for all stakeholders. Enlarging the intra-industry exchange and collaboration is a main element on the SASE roadmap. Our partners approach us with the industry’s current trends, issues and developments, which are then translated into topics and discussions for the upcoming conferences. This ensures that the topics covered by the events hosted by SASE are always up to date and of high relevance to the attending parties. In order to gain a holistic expertise, this knowledge sharing shall be enlarged to all hierarchy levels of our partners.

Our own newsletter SASE-INFORMATION bundles important discussions and outputs of conferences and other events hosted at our facilities. Please find the latest edition of SASE-INFORMATION here