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Nordzucker Post 4/2023 - 8 November 2023

Politicians show great interest in our factories

On 4 October, Sebastian Lechner, Chairman of the CDU parliamentary group in the Lower Saxony state parliament and CDU party chairman in Lower Saxony (in picture above v.l.t.r.: Eckhard Hinrichs (Chairman of the Nothern German Beet Growers Associations), Sebastian Lechner (Chairman of the state parliamentary group and party chairman of the Christian Democratic Union), Dr. Lars Gorissen), was able to experience first-hand how beet gets from the field to the factory. He started his visit to Nordzucker with a ride on the beet harvester near Nordstemmen. At the beginning of the tour in Nordstemmen, Lars Gorissen explained the future topics of Nordzucker. In particular, the CDU politician supported the plans for climate-neutral sugar production as part of GoGreen and the broad-based Smart Beet Initiative for competitive beet cultivation. During his first visit to a sugar factory, Lechner showed great interest in the individual production steps and the site capacities. In the end, a well-informed politician left with an awareness of and commitment to an efficient and future-orientated sugar industry in Lower Saxony.

On 5 October, Bernd Westphal from Hildesheim, who was recently confirmed as economic policy spokesman for the SPD parliamentary group in the Bundestag, also visited the Nordstemmen site. After mutual assessments of the situation on the labour market, the reduction of bureaucracy and the implementation of EU regulations, Westphal praised the investments, for example in the new climate-friendly electrical switchgear or the new sugar silo being built, as Nordzucker’s commitment to the Nordstemmen site. With this in mind, the visitors inspected the construction works for the new sugar silo before touring the factory and the apprentices’ workplace. The politician was very pleased with the company’s efforts to meet the many challenges with constructive approaches and was convinced of Nordzucker’s relevance in the local communities and beyond.

v.l.t.r.: Dr. Albrecht Schaper, Alexander Sick, Bernd Westphal (Member of the Federal Parliament), Elmar Kuhnt, Sigrun Krussmann, Ulf Gabriel
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