Reukema Recycling - Reukema Groep B.V.

Reukema Recycling - Reukema Groep B.V.

Reukema Recycling groups several businesses who specialize in the trade of paper and metals for recycling purposes. Reukema Recycling’s roots are entirely Dutch. Our success is due to our unique business model, which connects regionally active suppliers to a professional and global supply and sales network. Reukema Recycling’s core business is to buy metals, used paper and plastics from all over the world and to process them in as efficient a manner as possible for the best possible prices, terms and conditions.

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Lorentzkade 2 , Harderwijk , 3846 BP Netherlands
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Material Recycling
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Globally (various continents)
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A rapidly growing global player
Reukema Recycling is an innovative and rapidly growing player in the global trade and recycling of ferrous metals, non-ferrous metals, plastics and paper. In the century that we have been active in this sector, the business has blossomed into a healthy and reliable organisation with trading offices in Europe, North America, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Our ambition is to form a strong and globally active alliance.

Local sourcing, global sales
Reukema Recycling’s roots are entirely Dutch. Our success is due to our unique business model, which connects regionally active suppliers to a professional and global supply and sales network. This means that all parties involved benefit from the flexibility, speed and low costs of local purchasing, whilst also benefitting from the efficiency, continuity, market knowledge and quality of a global player.

People’s business
Trade is a people business. For this reason, we base our entire business on our highly professional, motivated personnel. We strive to create sustainable business relationships on a basis of mutual respect and trust. The spirit of enterprise flows through our organisation. Together, we achieve the best possible results for all parties involved.

Professional services
Our internationally active trade network is supported by reliable services, a professional financial structure, solid risk management and innovative data communication for process management and real-time market information.

Our mission is to form a strong global alliance of people and businesses active in the trade and recycling of ferrous metals, non-ferrous metals and paper. Our clients benefit from speedy, reliable and expertly co-ordinated trade and supply. Reukema Recycling’s power is drawn from:

  • Knowledge and experience
  • Effective account management
  • Creation of integrated logistics solutions
  • Prompt and accurate payment
  • Up-to-date knowledge of environmental legislation

Since 1917, our business has embodied continuity and certainty. Effective enterprise has made Reukema Recycling flexible, enabling anticipation of and reaction to rapidly changing market developments.

Our business is a people business, and our employees are loyal, driven professionals. By conducting open dialogue, we always search for the best solution, no matter how hard to find that solution may be.  We stimulate open communication and self-learning, and we are always looking for fresh opportunities and collaborations.

We see recycling as an essential and sustainable solution for environmentally friendly metal products and full life-cycle products.

Recycling of ferrous metals, non-ferrous metals, paper and plastics involves a complicated and unclear market structure of suppliers, traders and producers. This makes the international trade of these materials very complex.

We use our knowledge and our many years of experience in the sector to collectively construct the strongest globally operating network of professionals and businesses active in the trade and recycling of ferrous metals, non-ferrous metals, paper and plastics. These professionals are active in the fields of trading, finance, logistics and IT.

Our business activities are supported by an internal platform in which market data, prices and trades are analysed and shared. Our business operations are co-ordinated by a team of experienced experts, each of which has access to a very well-informed global network.

Reukema Recycling’s history dates back to 1917. In that year, a businessman named Huijsen set up a rag-and-bone business in the Dutch town of Harderwijk. He was later succeeded by his son, Jaap Reukema. In turn, Jaap Reukema’s sons, Dick and Nico Reukema, together with their brother-in-law Ron Smeink, later took over control of the company, which by then had grown into a large family business. In the 1980s, with the help of the rest of the family, these three oversaw further growth of the business. Each of the three focused on their own particular section of the business. Ron Smeink is responsible for Reukema Papier Harderwijk, which focuses on the collection, processing and trade of used paper. Dick Reukema started a separate business in the scrap-metal sector (Reukema Non Ferro) and was also a founding member of Reukema Non-Ferro Scheiding. Nico Reukema set up a new used-paper business in the then-newly built city of Almere. This business focused on the collection and processing of paper in the city and surrounding area. At almost exactly the same time, with help from others, he developed an export channel for the sale of used paper to Asia, which became the business PaperNed. Reukema is a shareholder of PaperNed, which with nine sales offices throughout South-East Asia, is seen as one of the pioneers of the international recycled-paper trade between Europe and Asia. In the mid-1990s, the family sold the Almere-based company together with their interests in PaperNed in order to once again focus all of their attention on the Harderwijk-based businesses.

Growth and change of management (2000-2003)
In 2001, the family took over the business Blocq & Maneschijn B.V., another Harderwijk-based trader in non-ferrous metals, similar in size to Reukema Non Ferro B.V. After the takeover, all trading of scrap metal was carried out under the name Reukema Block & Maneschijn B.V. Since 2002, management of Reukema Recycling has been conducted by Jeroen Reukema, Henry Staal and Peter Weij. Furthermore, since 2003, they have also been the owners of the businesses Reukema Blocq & Maneschijn B.V. and Reukema Papier Harderwijk B.V.

International growth (2004-2009)
The set-up of Reukema Recycling International in 2004 marked the company’s expansion into the international market.

  • In 2004, the British company Borders Recycling Ltd., active in the field of paper recycling, was brought into the Reukema Group. Purchasing activities in Germany and Africa also followed.
  • In 2005, Container Terminal Harderwijk B.V. was also completely taken over by the Reukema Group.
  • In 2006, a trading office was opened in Shanghai (China).
  • In 2007, the American company C&L Associated Inc., active in the field of non-ferrous metal recycling, joined the Reukema Group.

Over the course of 2009, a number of experienced national and international traders also reinforced Reukema Recycling. In addition to new German purchasing offices (Willich and Sinn), two new scrapyards were opened for business in Germany (Hamburg and Magdeburg).

Expansion into the Balkans (2010)
In 2010, Reukema Balkan was set up. The business focused on the trade of ferrous metals and has since opened more than 10 locations distributed across multiple Balkan states. The head office is in Bucharest. In order to support the business operations here, four ships were purchased.

Trading Offices in Dubai and Sweden (2011)
In 2011, Reukema Recycling expanded further, opening a trading office in Dubai named Reukema Recycling DMCC. An office was also opened in Stockholm in order to facilitate trade in Scandinavia.

With business operations being conducted on nearly all continents, Reukema Recycling has blossomed into a major world player in the trade and recycling of ferrous metals, non-ferrous metals, paper and plastics in just under a century.

Reukema Metalli Italia Srl (2012)
In 2012, the establishment of Reukema Metalli Italia Srl in Brescia got under way. This business focuses on the trade of non-ferrous metals within the Italian market.