SULO has been working on the concept and optimisation of recyclable material collection systems and is currently a leading manufacturer in Germany and worldwide. With their headquarters in Herford and an additional production facility in Neustadt (Weinstrasse), the SULO group covers a broad range of activities, including the production of recyclable material collection systems for SULO environmental technology, the manufacture of industrial packaging for SULO packaging, the logistics services of WESTFALIA intralog and SULO Envicomp, a leading IT computer retailer for solutions in the recycling sector. The parent corporation of the SULO group, the listed French concern Plastic Omnium, generated an annual turnover of 3.65 billion Euros in 2010 with more than 18,000 employees at approximately 100 locations worldwide.

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Industry Type:
Waste and Recycling - Waste Management
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

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The SULO Group has stood for innovation based on tradition for 120 years. Since the establishment of the company in 1892 by locksmith Fritz Streuber, SULO has been firmly associated with its long-established location in the Hanseatic city of Herford. Continuous investment and the constant expansion of our head office in Herford stand for a clear commitment to Germany as a production location.

The product and service range of the companies of the SULO Group is valued both nationally and internationally. Shaped by the East Westphalian mentality, values such as a pioneering spirit and innovation, quality consciousness, reliability as well as the principle of healthy growth are lived daily.

The social responsibility of the group of companies is reflected in the requirements for occupational safety, promotion of education and training, environmental protection concerns as well as uncompromising adherence to product norms. An express disassociation from corruption and full compliance with competition law are firm components of the vision of the SULO Group.

In addition, the international success of the SULO Group is based on thinking globally and acting locally. With the support of sales offices around the world, the SULO Group has steadily developed an understanding for customer needs and markets in recent decades. This has resulted in a basis of trust with the individuals concerned and, at the same time, for our product and service quality which has led to long-term and successful alliances.

The SULO Group has been integrated into the environmental division of the French listed Plastic Omnium group since 2007. The following companies are part of the SULO Group of companies:

SULO Umwelttechnik GmbH
A globally leading manufacturer of bin systems for the collection and separation of recyclable materials as well as a provider of services for the recycling industry.

As a pioneer in the branch, SULO has been working on the concept and optimisation of recyclable material collection systems and is currently a leading manufacturer in Germany and worldwide. With their headquarters in Herford and an additional production facility in Neustadt (Weinstrasse), the SULO group covers a broad range of activities, including the production of recyclable material collection systems for SULO environmental technology, the manufacture of industrial packaging for SULO packaging, the logistics services of WESTFALIA intralog and SULO Envicomp, a leading IT computer retailer for solutions in the recycling sector. The parent corporation of the SULO group, the listed French concern Plastic Omnium, generated an annual turnover of 3.65 billion Euros in 2010 with more than 18,000 employees at approximately 100 locations worldwide.

The headquarters and production site of the SULO Group are in Herford, Germany. One of the key factors contributing to the high quality of SULO bins are our highly qualified and well trained experts. Consistent personnel development and constant staff training ensure that SULO, the brand with a tradition, continues to be successful in the future as well.

You can find SULO bins in streets all around the world. A distribution and logistics network spanning the entire world ensures that your regional and national demands are considered in product development and that you experience excellent customer service and fast delivery times at your location.

SULO Umwelttechnik is a founding member of the quality control association for waste and recyclable material bins (Gütegemeinschaft Abfall- und Wertstoffbehälter GGAWB e. V.)

SULO Emballagen GmbH
Traditional manufacturer of steel drums and special packaging for the chemical industry in Germany and neighbouring European countries.

SULO Emballagen develops, produces and sells high quality sheet steel packaging solutions for the chemical industry. SULO Emballagen safely transports and stores hazardous goods, food and mineral oils. SULO Emballagen has two manufacturing locations: Herford in East Westphalia (head office) and Neustadt an der Weinstrasse. In 2010, the production environment in Herford was completely modernised. SULO Emballagen now has the most modern steel drum manufacturing facilities in Europe.

SULO Emballagen’s strength is in the high level of automation in its manufacturing process which contributes to its high quality standards and, in addition, allows its just-in-time manufacturing to be managed very precisely and flexibly. SULO Emballagen supplements a product portfolio developed over decades, consisting of tight head steel drums, composite drums and open top steel drums, with an extensive service offering. As a partner in the chemical industry, SULO consults on all issues relating to filling, handling and transport as well as compliance with legal regulations.

A range of experience and capabilities in steel drum production acquired over more than 80 years ensures that SULO Emballagen is valued as a constant dialogue partner for metal packaging.

SULO Emballagen is a member of the metal packaging association (Verband der Metallverpackungen e. V.)

Envicomp Systemlogisitik GmbH
A manufacturer of hardware systems (identification and weighing systems for municipal vehicles), RFID transponders for the identification of bins and management of access to recycling depots, provider of software applications for managing bin stocks and assessing disposal fees, administration of vehicle fleets and the tracking of vehicles in real time as well as the planning and optimisation of recycling collections.

At the end of the 80s, SULO introduced the first system for identifying bins in Germany. The intelligent dustbin was born. In the early 90s, Envicomp was established, combining the technical departments of SULO and DASA in a new enterprise.

The identification and weighing technology is now firmly established in the modern recycling industry throughout Europe. As a pioneer in the industry, Envicomp is an important partner in the industry with branches in Germany (development in Herford and Senden) as well as in France (Nanterre and Lyon). Development competence in both software and hardware forms the core of Envicomp. Added value is created by integrated solutions in which software and hardware are perfectly matched to each other. Wertstoff Cloud, Smart Collection and Smart Equipment are the keywords that will entrench Envicomp‘s market-leading position in Europe in the future as well.

The sales activities of Envicomp Systemlogistik GmbH are carried out by the sales offices of SULO and Plastic Omnium.

Rotherm Maschinenbau GmbH
A leading European manufacturer of subterranean and semi-subterranean container solutions (for fully underground systems and semi-underground systems) for the collection of recyclable materials as well as litter bins and depot containers for recycling depots. In addition, RMS manufactures equipment for forklifts, lifting platforms and materials handling technology.

Rotherm Maschinenbau GmbH has been part of the SULO Group since 2011. RMS develops and manufactures in Stadtlohn in the region of Münster. The enterprise was founded by the two brothers, Andreas and Egbert Rotherm, who still manage the company today. RMS has been very successfully established in the field of underground systems throughout Europe for more than 20 years. All of the products’ steel components are manufactured and assembled in Stadtlohn and delivered throughout Europe together with the concrete components.

The core competency of RMS is in the development and manufacture of specialist solutions. As the “haute-couturier” in underfloor systems suppliers, RMS can name references throughout Europe who have been extremely satisfied with the individuality and craftsmanship produced in Stadtlohn. A broad standard range completes the portfolio, thereby offering tried and tested, high quality products for every taste and technical requirement with an appropriate price-performance ratio.

The sales activities of Rotherm Maschinenbau GmbH are carried out by the sales offices of SULO and Plastic Omnium.

A second area of business is the development and manufacture of materials handling technology. This includes equipment for forklifts such as tipping containers, lattice box turners and dustbin dump trucks as well as material handling systems for heavy component storage or the storage of long goods. Systems for handling steel drums round off the product range.

Sales are directly processed via the contact partners in Stadtlohn.

WESTFALIA intralog GmbH
Germany’s leading provider of shipping services in swap body logistics specialising in jumbo transports and contract logistics.

WESTFALIA intralog is one of the largest providers in Germany in the field of swap body logistics. Since its establishment in 1983, WESTFALIA intralog has continuously developed itself and firmly established itself in the swap body logistics sector with an inventory of more than 1,000 mobile warehouse solutions. WESTFALIA intralog is both an internal logistics service provider for the SULO Group and the environmental division of Plastic Omnium as well as an external logistics partner for well-known companies.

With branches in Herford (head office), Essen, Lohr and Tettau, WESTFALIA intralog has an excellent presence in Germany. In addition, the company’s core competence includes individual logistics concepts, for which the employees of WESTFALIA intralog are well-known. The strength of WESTFALIA intralog lies in its people, who meet the challenges of the vibrant shipping business on a daily basis.

WESTFALIA intralog’s reliability is the measurable criterion that is decisive for the success of the collaboration. In addition to qualified and committed employees, WESTFALIA intralog can rely on its well-established and lon

One of the important areas of business of the SULO Group is the environment. The importance of environmental protection is therefore even more self-evident. In addition to strict compliance with the legal regulations, investments in sustainable solutions are always preferred. The environmental management system is therefore implemented in accordance with DIN EN ISO 14001.

Environmental Policy  of the SULO Group

To us, dealing with the environment in a responsible manner is an absolute necessity. With the introduction of our environmental management system we want to contribute to preserving the natural bases of life. For us the pursuit of economic objectives is not contrary to the technical compliance with ecological principles – prophylactic, efficiently operated environmental management represents an essential component for our sustainable business success. This environmental policy serves as INPUT to our environmental goals, thus forming the framework for the definition and assessment of environmental goal settings and individual goals.

In order to guarantee a high environmental standard and to continually improve processes the SULO Group has implemented this environmental management system. It is a systematic and complete coverage of environmental issues, and primarily to avoid adverse environmental effects.

The following principles define our actions:

Compliance with environmental laws and regulations

In addition to this environmental policy the legal and regulatory requirements form are the basis for our entrepreneurial actions.

Self-commitment

Apart from complying with environmental laws and regulations we have committed ourselves to focus on the needs of all stakeholders in the direct and indirect environment.

Identify and avoid adverse environmental effects

We proactively identify and assess potentially hazardous environmental effects emanating from the SULO Group companies. We avoid respectively reduce those, which have been identified as being of great importance and which can be influenced by us.

Involvement of employees

We convey to our employees a distinct environmental awareness. The management has a role model status. Furthermore, we motivate our employees to contribute their own ideas as to environmental issues and to participate in their implementation.

Continuous improvement

We continually improve our environmental performance by allocating adequate means. Within the framework of annual management reviews the management verifies the adequacy of the environmental policy, the compliance with it as well as the functionality of the environmental management system. Allowance is made for changes in the framework of environmental protection by adapting objectives and elaborating as well as implementing respective measures.

Including environmental aspects in product development

When developing new products or accessories we ensure – taking into account the complete life time cycle – that in addition to requirements related to safety and quality we also meet those requirements relevant to the environment. Our future solutions should also have the distinction of being durable and recyclable.

Environmentally friendly products and production processes

As far as technically feasible we use environmentally friendly materials in our production. We utilize safe equipment and processes, which are state-of-the-art. Waste material and emissions to soil, air and water resulting from our production are to be avoided respectively reduced.

Environmentally compatible resource and waste management

We economize on energies and raw materials. Primarily waste should be avoided. Recycling of waste is another alternative – in order to close the cycle of valuable material we are using secondary raw material. If recirculation is not possible, we professionally dispose of the material.

Involvement of business partners

We specifically encourage the ecological awareness of our business partners. When choosing our suppliers criteria relevant to the environment are to be taken into account. External companies working on our site are encouraged to act environ-mentally friendly. To users of our products we offer support in professionally disposing of the products – after expiry of the life time cycle.

Transparency

Information on eco-political aspects is also available to the interested public.

The SULO brand stands for quality at the international level. In the last few decades, the SULO Group has proven its reputation as a quality leader on a daily basis. SULO’s secret to success requires the daily commitment and attention to detail of all its employees and all of the company's departments. The products of the SULO Group are valued in particular because they offer added value. More quality, more functionality, more longevity: more for your money.

This consistently demonstrated claim is ensured through a holistic quality management system which mets the DIN EN ISO 9001:2008 standard: Qualified and trained employees, modern and faultlessly adjusted equipment and machinery as well as internal testing equipment for the constant monitoring of production processes. In addition, quality is regularly monitored by external and independent testing institutions.

Quality Policy of the SULO Group

In the SULO management system customer requirements are decisive for designing internal processes. An effective quality management is supposed to increase customer satisfaction by understanding and complying with customer requirements. It is the job of the quality management representative to promote the awareness in the company in terms of customer requirements.

In order to guarantee high quality standards and to continuously improve its processes SULO has implemented a quality management system.

The following principles define our actions:

Quality as a basis

Quality is the basis for all activities at SULO. Every employee contributes a considerable share to quality. Zero-Fault-Quality of all products, processes and services is a precondition to safeguard the future.

It is our ultimate ambition to win fully satisfied customers. In order to achieve this we identify professionally customer requirements, give expert advice, develop and produce reliable products, which are easy to serve, provide fast and smooth order processing, deliver on time, provide the required documentation in time and in a comprehensible manner as well as implement specific framework conditions. For continuous quality improvement an unconditional commitment to quality in the individual job is expected from every employee as well as the active contribution to continuously improving the quality of products, processes and services. 

Quality based on thinking and practice

In order to achieve the quality objectives the capabilities of all employees in terms of customer, quality and process oriented thinking and practice are to be continually further developed and trained.

Quality by management

The management acts is a role model for their employees. The management formulate clear, achievable objectives and offer support to the employees when implementing them. The management as well as the employees are responsible for accomplishing these objectives.

Health and safety at work is of particular significance in the SULO Group. In every company of the SULO Group, a specialist in occupational health and safety ensures that safety risks are mitigated without delay and that employees are trained and sensitised accordingly. This requires a continuous improvement and development process. Technical solutions are always first in focus in order to secure machinery and equipment. Investments in this area have unrestricted priority. Important rules for occupational safety apply equally to all persons on the premises. Safety information is handed to each visitor when entering the premises.

The SULO Group owes its excellent occupational safety standard to the consistent commitment of the staff involved in occupational safety, prioritisation by management and compliance with the rules and mutual control amongst its employees.

In addition to the highest certification for occupational safety, the OSHAS 18001, the SULO Group has been certified by professional association BGHM according to the 'Sicher mit System' regulation. This bears witness to the high value placed on safety, the responsibility placed on our employees and their willingness to meet these challenges on a daily basis.

Health and Occupational Safety Policy of the SULO Group

We are convinced that our activities can be safety carried out and we do not compromise on this. We carry out our business in such a way, that health and welfare of our employees, the employees of external companies and all persons affected by our activities, are guaranteed. We know, that a continuously improving our health and occupational safety achievements is of great importance for a successful company. This Health and Occupational Safety Policy is the basis for the framework for setting and reviewing targets.

To ensure a high health and safety standard and continuous improvement of processes SULO has implemented a health and safety management system.

The following principles define our actions:

Leadership behaviour

Staff at all levels of SULO is responsible for their own health and safety and serve as an example to others. The management is accountable for health and occupational safety. The managers show an exemplarily leadership behaviour in this field.

Hazards, risks and control measures

We identify the hazards and risks related to our activities and starting with our main risks. We have introduced appropriate control measures and always verify them in case of changes new, so that continuous improvements are achieved.

Qualification and Behaviour

We train our employees in such a way, that they can contribute to long term improvements of health and occupational safety results. 

Accident analysis and accident prevention

We have introduced a procedure to report and respectively record occupational accidents and near accidents and to examine and analyze, so that cases of recurrence can be excluded in future. Our cause analysis generates findings and recommendations, which are together being used and implemented in the company

External companies

We select external companies, which are working professionally and effectively. As to the safety and behaviour rules we do not make any difference between external companies and SULO employees at our sites.

Control, audit and review

We have arranged a documented system to control our health and occupational safety. We regularly carry out audits of our risk control measures and management systems. We observe behaviour on all levels, in order to guarantee creating a successful health and occupational safety culture at SULO.

A pioneer in the branch, SULO has been working on the concept and optimisation of recyclable material collection systems and is currently a leading manufacturer in Germany and worldwide. With their headquarters in Herford and an additional production facility in Neustadt (Weinstrasse), the SULO group covers a broad range of activities, including the production of recyclable material collection systems for SULO environmental technology, the manufacture of industrial packaging for SULO packaging, the logistics services of WESTFALIA intralog and SULO Envicomp, a leading IT computer retailer for solutions in the recycling sector. The parent corporation of the SULO group, the listed French concern Plastic Omnium, generated an annual turnover of 3.65 billion Euros in 2010 with more than 18,000 employees at approximately 100 locations worldwide.

Our top priorities are always values such as sustainable innovation policies and long-term business development. Our mission statement also emphasises the excellent quality of our products, a high level of reliability as well as intelligent solutions for the protection of the environment.

The headquarters and production site of the SULO Group are in Herford, Germany. One of the key factors contributing to the high quality of SULO bins are our highly qualified and well trained experts. Consistent personnel development and constant staff training ensure that SULO, the brand with a tradition, continues to be successful in the future as well.

You can find SULO bins in streets all around the world. A distribution and logistics network spanning the entire world ensures that your regional and national demands are considered in product development and that you experience excellent customer service and fast delivery times at your location.

 

The original

Because SULO produced waste disposal products and offered services itself, very close contact with customers developed. Consequently, SULO came up with the idea of a bin system that had wheels, was made of plastic and could be lifted onto a waste disposal vehicle via a comb bar and emptied. As a result, SULO filed its patent for the MGB (large-volume bin) on 12-11-1971 in Munich. The MGB revolution a that time involved not only the newly developed level of comfort for residents and garbage collectors when emptying. It also had to do with the larger bin volume, 220 litres back then. The pioneering spirit of the SULO management team at the time developed into a one-of-kind success story. Over the past 40 years SULO has sold around 75 million mgbs worldwide.

MGB-Patent

Everyone wanted the patent for the refuse bin. Following countless attempts to appeal against the granting of the patent, it was fi nally granted after eight years and seemingly endless negotiations

The path to being a bestseller

In the early years, the MGB system had supporters even outside the industry. Eberhard Alber, whose family had been working as sales representatives for SULO products in the state of Baden-Württemberg for three generations, witnessed the premiere of the MGB. He recalls the following: There were doubts that plastic products would be as sufficiently stable as steel ones. On the other hand, the introduction of the MGB system meant investments in a new vehicle system because the vehicles then didn’t have the DIN comb used to empty the MGB. In the 1970s, many households still heated with furnaces. Many municipalities saw dumping ashes into a plastic bin as a fire risk. While we can grin about these concerns now, they were then a source of concern for decision-makers. We therefore offered cities and communities the chance to
purchase the containers on a trial basis. We limited the trial period to one year and agreed that SULO would buy the containers back at a used price
if they weren‘t pleased. Because the Altvater Group had a large clientele, the risk for SULO was limited. Not a single community in Baden-Württemberg returned the containers.”

The MGB over the decades

At the beginning of the 1980s, the trend in the two-wheeled sector was towards smaller bin sizes. Eberhard Alber reports: “Residents used the 220-/240-litre volume of their mgbs completely. That led to an end of disposal site capacities at the beginning of the 1980s. This resulted in the desire for smaller receptacles, which limited the volume at the source. SULO reacted to that with the development of the 60- to 140-litre MGB sizes.” The MGB 1100 with a domed lid was among the most important innovations of that decade. With the introduction of the European standard calling for all containers with domed lids to be child-safe, the domed lid was then replaced by the flat lid.

Lid-in-lid

After this, SULO engineers faced the challenge of finding an affordable solution for a child-safe domed-lid bin. The occasion for this was a problem with day-to-day waste disposal. If the bin became stuck in the vehicle’s compaction process when emptying, this could then lead to the lid being caught and torn off by the compactor due to the lid’s size. This problem did not occur with the 660- and 770-litre flat-lid containers, due to their smaller size. SULO mastered this challenge as well, answering it with the development of the lid-inlid. This development is also due to SULO’s engineering knowhow, another example of its pioneering spirit.

Further development non-stop The MGB is fi rmly established in today‘s waste disposal sector. Modern containers are much lighter than the original mgbs and ease the burden even more on those who have to move them. The debate over whether to replace steel containers with plastic ones was settled quite some time ago. In the meantime, materials science has developed to such an extent that SULO can produce containers made of recycled materials or even plastic based on renewable materials (100% Green Made) without sacrifi cing quality. Today, when discussing vehicle technology, one talks about identification and weighing systems and about software solutions that are used to map and optimise collection routes, generate fee notifications and manage containers. Since the 1990s, SULO’s development department has been involved in designing containers that are more user-friendly. A unique range of accessories has resulted, which contributes to SULO‘s reputation as a premium producer. To get the MGB’s look ready for the next millennium, the EURO2 lid was designed in 1998. It was offered as an alternative to the traditional lid design for all two-wheeled containers. Nevertheless, SULO customers still prefer the original – a true design classic. The EURO2 lid’s special charm is the clip that is used in various colours to identify the material being collected. That way, the entire bin does not have to be a different colour. SULO developed this clip technology simultaneous with the launch of the DSD category, thereby offering SULO customers a priceconscious and flexible solution.

The intelligent bin

Influenced by the fast-pace development of information technology in the 1990s, SULO demonstrated its pioneering qualities yet again, realising the first identification and weighing project in Germany in 1990. Based on the growing success of identification and weighing technology, the Envicomp Systemlogistik gmbh systems house was spun off in 1994. It was formed from SULO‘s and DASA‘s specialised departments. So far Envicomp has equipped 10 million containers with RFID chips in Europe only and installed identification and weighing technology in about 2,000 vehicles. With the help of Envicomp software applications, about 200 million euros in fees are assessed each year in Germany alone. The first system for vehicle configuration, even before the founding of Envicomp, was developed at SULO Pontech.

Software up-to-Date

The first software system – developed in the age of Windows 3.11 as a desktop application – is already being further developed in its fourth product generation. The current software applications of OPTINET (bin management and notification generation) and OPTIMANAGER (route mapping, location identification and vehicle tracking in real time) require absolutely no installation because they are web-based. The decisive advantage involves the systems no longer needing to be installed. They thus run independently of any operating system because they only require an Internet browser. As a result, updates no longer have to be installed on an internal server, the configuration of the software no longer has to be tested with the other software products used on the computers and there are no licensing fees for the database systems, such as costly Oracle licenses. The decisive advantage, however, has to do with data security. Increased networking also means increased security risks, and therefore also the administrative expense of protecting the internal server permanently against outside attacks. With both of the two new systems, which are constantly being adapted to current security requirements, this risk is minimised on the user side, and the associated costs can also be saved.


Since the MGB system was developed in 1972, SULO has been successful as an innovation leader for bin systems worldwide. SULO has always been considered the pioneer in bin technology and continuously drives the further development of the MGB system.

SULO has always developed products with the customers‘ needs in mind. However, the impulses for innovation have not only come from the markets but also from our engineers at SULO. Employees that have been responsible for the SULO brand innovation for decades form a team of experts that gladly faces the permanent challenges of the waste disposal industry. Materials specialists, mechanical engineers and process engineers are working together for continuous innovation and a high number of patents that have been so typical for the SULO mgbs for 40 years now.

The immediate availability of everything at our production site in Herford, Germany, allows smooth development. What makes it perfect is the cooperation with the French team at SIGMATECH, the development centre of PLASTIC OMNIUM ENVIRONNEMENT. Not only bin systems are developed in Lyon, France, but also all products for the automotive division of the company. Developmental processes from the automotive industry are incorporated into bin development and thus create valuable synergetic effects.

 

Quality & certification


sulo is a brand that has been synonymous with quality for more than 100 years. With a production site in herford, germany, sulo is the quality brand for bin systems worldwide and therefore one of the many quality products „made in germany“. Sulo bins are known to be sturdy and durable, thus helping you save investment costs in the long term. All production steps are constantly monitored, which allows any deviations to be corrected immediately. In addition, sulo employs a strict quality management system, which goes far beyond the required standards. Our sulo test laboratory on site constantly performs quality tests in order to ensure an excellent level of quality.

  • Certified to comply with en 840 and ral-gz 951/1
  • Certified management systems according to din en iso 9001 and din en iso 14001
  • Regelmasige uberwachung der qualitat durch eigenes labor und unabhangige testinstitute
  • Hochwertige materialien und sorgfaltige verarbeitung fur langjahrige funktionssicherheit

Environment

A responsible approach to the environment is a core element of our corporate strategy. The implementation of an environmental management system means to take an active part in the sustainable conservation of natural resources. We take responsibility for our environment and see a preventive, efficiently operated environmental management as a major factor in our company's long-term success.

To ensure a constantly high standard of quality and to continuously improve processes, sulo implemented an environmental management system in accordance with din en iso 14001:2004.

Health and safety

We care about the health of our employees. Therefore we do not compromise with regards to the safe performance of all our activities. As a company, we are well aware of our responsibility for the well-being and the safety of the people we work with - whether they are employees, external companies or guests.