Water & Wastewater Asia Mar/Apr 2018

WATER & WASTEWATER ASIA March / April 2018 16 / IN PERSON De Nora recently boosted its production with a new expansion and upgrade of its factory in Suzhou Industrial Park in China. Danilo Parini, regional chief officer Asia of De Nora, shares what this investment means to the company. C urrently based in Japan, Parini has been with De Nora, a leading global electrochemical and water technology company, since 2010. He manages De Nora’s presence in Asia, which operates out of Japan, China and Singapore, and is also responsible for spearheading opportunities for the company’s development and expansion in the region, which currently accounts for around 40 per cent of De Nora’s worldwide sales. Recently, the company boosted its production with a new expansion and upgrade of its factory in Suzhou Industrial Park in China. The investment in the factory, which amounted tomore than US$10 million, will allow the company to meet the growing demand for its electrode and water technology products in China and throughout theAsia Pacific region — increasing production capacity by over 50 per cent each year. Q With the newly expanded and upgraded factory in Suzhou Industrial Park, what does this means for De Nora? DP The new assembly workshop will manufacture our key electrodes and water technologies applications, which include BALPURE ® Ballast Water Treatment , SANILEC ® a n d SEAC LOR ® S e a w a t e r Electrochlorination and ClorTec ® On-site Sodium Hypochlorite Generators. The factory’s existing coating wo r kshop a l so unde rwen t a significant upgrade to further boost the factory’s productivity levels and the quality of the electrodes. Q What is the potential of China for De Nora? DP As a company, we see an important potential across our focus areas of business here in China. As the world’s second largest economy, its rapid economic rise has called for a greater demand of water to not only meet the needs of heavy industrialisation but also have sufficient domestic water supply for the population. The government has been working towards raising the standards of drinking water to an international level, while standards for waste water emissions are looked upon with greater severity. The wastewater treatment industry was predicted to benefit from these new regulations by US$300 billion in the years 2015 to 2020. Danilo Parini, Regional Chief Officer Asia of De Nora