VIP visit to the International Geotextile GmbH, a subsidiary of the Roess Nature Group in Twistringen:

On April 4, 2016, Hans-Günter and Thomas Roess, along with Uwe Heider from the biogas plant manufacturer AD AGRO based in Vechta, were honoured with the visit of the Ambassador of Sri Lanka, Karunatilaka Amunugama, for a company tour and fruitful conversation.

Since 1994, Lanka Coco Products - also a company of Roess Nature Group - produces quality products out of coconut fiber in Sri Lanka. Further to erosion control tissues or stitched coir-fiber mats, the company offers gardening and horticulture products. As expressed by CEO Thomas Roess: "Sri Lanka offers foreign companies numerous opportunities and a high level of security." For this reason, the Roess Nature Group has historically kept a close contact with the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Berlin.

In his latest visit, Karunatilaka Amunugama was especially interested in bioenergy and biogas, because Sri Lanka's increasing energy demands will be soon covered by renewable energy. In this context, Uwe Heider of AD AGRO presented the ample possibilities of biogas as a needs-oriented, future energy.

According to Ambassador Amunugama, Germany has been heavily involved in Sri Lanka's development policies since 1958. With the support of German companies, the government in Sri Lanka seeks to expand food production in the coming years, placing the focus on fruit and vegetables processing and storage, as well as on eggs and poultry production, with a view to supply its own population and export the surplus.

After touring the facilities of the Roess Nature Group, the Ambassador paid a visit to Gemüse Meyer in Twistringen, and Big Dutchman in Vechta. By way of conclusion, the group visited a biogas plant built by AD AGRO in 2011 in Calveslage.

Karunatilaka Amunugama was indeed delighted with the tour and called for further cooperation with German companies. "Sri Lanka needs innovative technologies and German technology is of the utmost importance for us" said the ambassador. Thomas Roess confirmed that: "From my own experience, I can say that Sri Lanka offers numerous business opportunities to foreign companies in a highly secure environment." In May 2016, he will join Uwe Heider from AD AGRO and State Secretary Beckmeyer on a trip to Sri Lanka to explore further collaboration areas on-site.

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From left to right: Thakshila Arnolda (Embassy secretary), Hans-Günter Roess (CEO Roess-Nature-Group), Karunatilaka Amunugama (Ambassador Sri Lanka), Thomas Roess (CEO Roess-Nature-Group), Uwe Heider (CEO AD-Agro), Rudolf Cordes (CEO Landgas-Thermodirekt)