Water & Wastewater Asia Jan/Feb 2018

WATER & WASTEWATER ASIA January / February 2018 MARKET REPORT / 23 The water treatment market has experienced a surge due to growing demand for clean water in the midst of water scarcity issues Products of ground-breaking r e s e a r c h a n d e n g i n e e r i n g refinement, the platforms are cons i de r ed game - chang i ng products that employ state-of- the-art LEDs. The PearlAqua Micro, said to be the world’s smallest ultraviolet water treatment system, serves the company’s goal of meeting the growing demand for enhanced protection against waterborne pathogens. On the other hand, the PearlAqua range is a UV treatment system that provides great environmental robustness, as well as ease of operation. The PearlAqua OEM platform, however, opens the door to low-cost UV disinfection and is specifically designed to fit into third-party devices and systems. It features easy-to-replace UV-C LED lamp module and configurable options, including forced air cooling, onboard data logging, and digital I/O for device functionality. GE’s new technology GE Water & Process Technologies, also based in the U.S., recently l a u n c h e d BEVPAK , a n ew ultrafiltration (UF) and reverse osmosis (RO) solution for water treatment in the production of beverages. Specially designed to process poor quality water b y r emo v i n g p a r t i c u l a t e s , m i c r oo rga n i sms , a nd t o t a l dissolved solids (TDS), the new technology also r e d u c e s t h e carbon footprint a n d l o w e r s costs. The BEVPAK f e a t u r e s a m u l t i b a r r i e r p rocess w i t h NSF - ce r t i f i ed membrane elements to meet required product specifications; ultrafiltration technology that improves reliability and increases the RO system uptime; as well as internet connectivity that allows remote monitoring, alongside many other benefits. PIMPS plans to launch water treatment plant Packaged Metering & Pumping So l u t i ons ( P IMPS ) r ecen t l y revealed plans to launch an Italian OBL Polisol automatic polymer preparation plant in South Africa. Developed for treating water and wastewater, the plant is expected to produce better water in terms of quality yield. According to the company, the system is used in treatment plants to help aggregate small, suspended particles to form a floc for filtering, or settling out, and if the system proves to be a success, PIMPS will consider having the products manufactured locally, which will have a positive effect in terms of employment creation and skill development. SUEZ acquires GE Water & Process Technologies SUEZ, a water treatment firm based in France, recently finalised its acquisition of GE Water & Process Technologies for US$3.4 billion. Now, the company operates as SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions, and continues to provide solutions for water and wastewater treatment. But by obtaining GE’s technical know-how, SUEZhas the advantage of knowledge and a wider skill set to bring innovation as well as value-add to customers around the world. With a huge workforce, the combined firm aims to address the global challenges such as water scarcity, preservation of resources, and climate changes. Conclusion In essence, adopting different business strategies is proving to be vital for the growth of the water treatment equipment market. After all, it helps the market maximise profits while also enhancing competitiveness in the marketplace. WWA