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Swiss group Vipa active on German recovered paper market

Philipp Hartmann manages Vipa's activities in Germany, Photo courtesy of Vipa
Philipp Hartmann manages Vipa's activities in Germany, Photo courtesy of Vipa
03 Jul 2020 − 

Lausanne-based Vipa, the largest exporter of European recovered paper, has started activities on the German recovered paper market.

Mr Philipp Hartmann, Key Account Manager Germany, has managed Vipa's German activities from his office in Berlin since April. He has longstanding experience in the recovered paper (RCP) business: Between 2008 and 2011 he worked with Alba and was responsible for RCP purchases in northern Germany. In 2012 he moved to Remondis, where he managed RCP sales in eastern Germany until March 2020.

Vipa is no real newcomer in Germany. In the 1960s, the Swiss company partnered with Ropa Group for the shipment of German RCP to Italy. At the time, Germany was a pioneer in collecting RCP, and Italy had creative converting opportunities for these volumes.

However, the RCP market has changed its face dramatically since then. At the turn of the century RCP exports from Germany to Italy lost significance. Today Italy is the second biggest RCP exporter in Europe after the UK, while Germany has become a net importer.  

Nonetheless Mr Hartmann sees many opportunities for Vipa in the German market, both in RCP exports and imports, he told EUWID. 

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