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New VDMA board waste and recycling technology elected

Michael Ludden will continue to lead the association for the next four years.


At this year's board meeting, the members of the VDMA Waste and Recycling Technology Association elected a new board as scheduled. Michael Ludden, managing partner of the LM Group from Meppen, was confirmed in his office as chairman. Ferdinand Doppstadt, managing partner of LIG GmbH from Velbert, was elected deputy chairman. The committee is completed by Valerie Degenhardt, member of the management board of Martin GmbH für Umwelt- und Energietechnik, Munich, Benedikt Preker, managing director of Lambda Gesellschaft für Klimaschutz und regenerative Energien mbH, Herten, Michael Lackner, managing director of Lindner-Recyclingtech GmbH, Spittal/Drau, and Peter Funke, managing director of the Steinert Group, Cologne.
"The focus on the circular economy has intensified once again in the last four years. Waste and recycling technology is an enabler of the circular economy, be it in the recycling of plastics, batteries, biomass or metals, for example. The new board and all members stand for solutions on the way to a circular economy," says Dr. Sarah Brückner, Managing Director of VDMA Waste and Recycling Technology, and adds: "I am pleased that with Michael Lackner we were able to gain a true expert of the industry as a new member of the board. Waste and recycling technology is also facing major challenges. Dealing with new material streams, the digitalization of the industry and the ongoing shortage of skilled workers are just a few challenges for the coming years."
According to a recent economic survey by the Waste and Recycling Technology Association, companies are optimistic about the future. For example, the industry expects incoming orders to increase by 3.6 percent during 2023. This means that incoming orders in the waste and recycling technology sector are continuing their upward trend, they say. At 32 percent, current domestic demand is playing a major role in this. The past supply chain disruptions had largely been overcome. Currently, the association is fighting the labor shortage and the high bureaucratic hurdles. The reduction of bureaucracy and the acceleration of approval procedures are at the top of the wish list adressing politicians, emphasizes Managing Director Brückner.


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  • Photo: © VDMA, (from left to right): Benedikt Preker, Michael Lackner, Peter Funke, Ferdinand Doppstadt, Michael Ludden

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