TRIMET mourns the loss of Heinz-Peter SchlüterHeinz-Peter Schlüter, October 16, 1949 – November 29, 2015
Heinz-Peter Schlüter founded TRIMET in 1985 as a metals trading company with a staff of three. In the 1990s, the company entered the aluminum production sector by taking over the aluminum smelter in Essen and the recycling plant in Gelsenkirchen. Through further acquisitions, Schlüter was able to keep production facilities open and secure local jobs while proving a sustainable future for aluminum production and processing in Europe. Today, TRIMET Aluminium SE operates eight locations in Germany and France, including four aluminum smelters, two recycling plants and a number of foundries. With nearly 3,000 employees, the materials specialist has become a leading European aluminum producer.
Schlüter always combined entrepreneurial activity with social commitment. Only a few weeks ago, he launched a training initiative. Over the coming years, it will ensure apprenticeships for 66 refugees at TRIMET and also prepare them for life in Germany with language courses and other support measures.
Heinz-Peter Schlüter attached great importance to preserving TRIMET’s self-image, especially given its enormous growth and diversification. Before withdrawing from the operational management of his company, he took measures very early on to maintain the long-term survival of the firm, ensuring that its character as an independent, family-owned enterprise would be retained. Despite its sorrow, the executive management is therefore convinced that TRIMET’s special spirit, shaped and fostered by its founder, Heinz-Peter Schlüter, will continue to shape and guide the company in the future. Family, Management and Supervisory Boards will continue to run TRIMET in line with his values.