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Project example: a dust recycling plant for China


Befesa is a company in the environmental services sector specializing in the recycling of residue materials from the steel and aluminium industries. Through reprocessing of hazardous residues and reusable materials, Befesa helps to reduce the consumption of natural resources in the metal industry. Since China is the biggest producer of steel worldwide, this market has a huge strategic significance for Befesa. With two new industrial dust recycling plants in Henan and Jiangsu Provinces, the group has gained access to this very promising prospective market. Both projects are secured against political risks by means of Federal Government guarantees.

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Picture rights: Heinz-Glas International GmbH & Co. KGaA, Tettau-Kleintettau

Project example: solar storage for Zambia


Rivonia is a Zambian food producer. In order to make Rivonia independent from the unreliable power grid and from expensive and climate-damaging diesel generators, a solution is being implemented by the company GRIPS. GRIPS is making an off-grid solar storage system available under a leasing contract. In this way the factory can produce food self-sufficiently and in a climate-friendly way independently of the power grid. For this, the customer Rivonia only pays a royalty. GRIPS develops and finances customized renewable energy solutions for companies, thus helping to support growth in up-and-coming African markets. 

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Picture rights: GripsEnergy GmbH, Berlin

Project example: sustainable resources for Vietnam

Since 2019, the waterworks Song Duong 1b built by the Aone Deutschland AG (Aone) as a turnkey project for the local water supplier AquaOne Cooperation has been supplying the 1.5 million inhabitants of the Vietnamese capital Hanoi with clean drinking water. In a second project stage, Aone is building, financing and operating a 2.7-megawatt photovoltaic plant on the roof of the waterworks. The plant was commissioned into operation in December 2020. Aone has for years been relying on digitization in its international cooperation – an invaluable know-how asset during a pandemic. The cover for the photovoltaic plant under an investment guarantee has made a major contribution to financing the project.

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Picture rights: Aone Deutschland AG, Leipzig

Knauf sets up its first production facility for gypsum plasterboard on the Philippines

The Knauf Group, with its head office in Iphofen is among the leading manufacturers of building materials and building systems worldwide. Knauf is present on all five continents in more than 86 countries and over 220 production and sales localities. In 2016 the group generated turnover of 6.5 billion euros with around 27,400 employees. The Philippine market for building materials is among the fastest growing anywhere in the world. Knauf will invest 40 million euros in the first local production plant for plasterboard in Batangas Province. Production will commence in 2018 with an annual capacity of 16 million m², thus creating some 100 jobs. The Federal Government is covering this project with an investment guarantee against political risks.

Production on the Philippines will create some 100 jobs.

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Picture rights: Knauf Engineering GmbH, Iphofen