During the visit of the SPD Bundestag representative Dr Daniela De Ridder, the SPD Landtag representative Gerd Will, the SPD Local Association Chairman Johannes Spykman and the mayoress of Emlichheim Daniela Kösters, the delegates discussed the company and the future prospects for the regional and international economy.
The guests gained a comprehensive impression of the Emsland Group together with the managing directors of the Emsland Group, Mr Udo Hinkelmann, Mr Gerrit-Jan Wesselink and Mr Peter Höning, as well representatives from the works council, Mr Berthold Lammers and Mr Berthold Reiners. In view of its particularly extensive and international presence as well as its history dating back almost 90 years, the Emsland Group was credited with making a major contribution to the success of the region. “The Emsland Group was able to secure jobs after the last crisis, and thus contributed significantly to the success of our region. I am very glad that the company is again so well positioned. As an education policymaker, I am particularly pleased that all the training places offered here were filled in 2017 and that bachelor graduates are also working and learning with us. It is just as important that research and further development be carried out in the company itself. Recruitment of new talent as well as research and innovation are important factors for a successful future, from which the county of Bentheim and the Emsland region in particular will benefit in the long term,” explains Dr Daniela De Ridder, SPD Bundestag representative for the legislative district of Mittelems. In the course of this discussion, the acquisition of qualified specialist personnel and the associated "soft location factors" that promised employees a high quality of life in their environment beyond the workplace were discussed.
In addition to the increasingly difficult sales environment worldwide, the managing directors also discussed local regulations. Among other things, the high requirements associated with the disposal of the soil delivered along with the potatoes were addressed. In order to find a solution, briefings will be given to those MPs who wish to address the issue at the political policy level.
At the end of the roundtable, the visitors gained an impression of the research and development department on site and appeared impressed: “The numerous applications for potato starch, as well as the proteins and fibres derived from this vegetable, are extremely diverse. From foodstuffs, especially vegan products, to paper, adhesives and textiles or even environmentally-friendly filter technologies – there is hardly any industrial sector that could not benefit from potato starch. This also makes research, development and innovation in this area so necessary, and I would like to support it again in the coming legislative period,” assured De Ridder.