WaterBriefs: Legislation drives EU industrial water treatment chemicals market

Also in this report: Northwest Pipe Co. announces $5M Denver order; First AWWA Desalination Symposium to kick off Drinking Water Week 2006; Racine Federated celebrates 35 years in business; ABS Energy Research reports 2.2B utility meters installed worldwide; UltraStrip featured on ABC affiliate story about Hurricane Katrina and Waveland, Miss.; Ohio companies to pay $3.25M to settle alleged natural resource damages claims; ADB boosting focus on roads, water infrastructure in Azerbaijan...

In other news below:
-- Northwest Pipe Co. announces $5 million Denver order
-- First AWWA Desalination Symposium to kick off Drinking Water Week 2006
-- Racine Federated celebrates 35 years in business
-- ABS Energy Research reports 2.2 billion utility meters installed worldwide
-- UltraStrip featured on ABC affiliate story about Hurricane Katrina and Waveland, Miss.
-- Ohio companies to pay $3.25 million to settle alleged natural resource damages claims
-- ADB boosting focus on roads, water infrastructure in Azerbaijan

Increasing legislation drives EU industrial water treatment chemicals market
LONDON, UK, March 2, 2006 -- High profit margins in providing services are obliging market participants into shifting their focus from municipal to industrial sector while supplying water treatment chemicals. This move significantly boosts the demand for these chemicals. Rising environmental concerns have forced regulatory bodies such as the European Commission (EC) to issue directives that govern the use and discharge of water in industrial processes. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, "European Industrial Water Treatment Chemicals Market" (B588-39), reveals that revenue in this industry totaled around $1.31 billion in 2005 and is projected to reach around $1.94 billion in 2012.

Segmented by application into raw water, process water and effluent water treatment chemicals, this market report covers antifoams, biocides, coagulants, scale and corrosion inhibitors, flocculants, heavy metal removal agents, ion exchange resins, odor control agents and reverse osmosis among others to treat water.

"Legislation, consolidation and opportunities in eastern Europe have started to influence the dynamics of the water treatment chemicals market in Europe as the competition is shifting towards value-based products and technology, enhanced services as well as providing total solutions," notes Frost & Sullivan research analyst Mahesh Kumar. "Competition to seize business opportunities is increasingly fierce between service providers and chemical manufacturers."

Although the stringent legislation that Europe is likely to witness is expected to provide opportunities in the water treatment chemicals market, it is also anticipated to increase operational costs. This is likely to affect the water treatment chemicals market, as many companies are already involved in forward as well as backward integration to reduce costs and remain competitive in the market while complying with standards.

Despite advantages such as cost efficiency, the challenge for companies in this industry arises from chemicals being categorized as commodity products. As a result, water treatment chemical producers are focusing on providing value-added services to industries to improve revenues.

"With the consolidation of the industries within Europe, more specialty chemicals are bound to become commodity products," explains Kumar. "Commoditization of the water treatment chemicals tends to reduce their price margins and thereby decrease revenues."

Water treatment chemical manufacturers that enhance their services and complement their products with better services are likely to establish long-standing relationships with customers and thereby increase their revenues.

"European Industrial Water Treatment Chemicals Market" is part of a Frost & Sullivan subscription and it evaluates the raw water, process water and effluent water treatment chemicals segments. This study includes revenue forecasts and industry challenges and strategic recommendations to counter them. It also details the various technologies from coagulants and flocculants to odor control agents that are applied in treating water in industries.

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Among other recent headlines:

Northwest Pipe Co. announces $5 million Denver order -- PORTLAND, OR, March 2, 2006 -- Northwest Pipe Co. reported today that it was named to supply approximately $5 million of welded steel pipe for the Denver Water Board. The Denver Water Board is the oldest and largest water utility in the state of Colorado. The company will supply approximately 20,225 feet of 54-inch diameter steel pipe. The pipe is expected to be manufactured in its Denver division with delivery scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2006. The pipe will become part of Denver's recycled water system...

First AWWA Desalination Symposium to kick off Drinking Water Week 2006 -- DENVER, CO, March 2, 2006 -- Many of the world's top minds in the field of water desalination will gather May 7-9 in Honolulu, Hawaii, to explore emerging technologies and share their desalination experiences at the first AWWA Desalination Symposium. The symposium, which takes place on the first two days of Drinking Water Week 2006 (May 7-13), will cover desalination principles and practices, document current industry practice, identify water quality considerations and provide case studies from international and domestic water purveyors...
Also see:
-- "AWWA data collection period for Benchmarking Performance Indicator Survey begins March 2"
-- "States push USEPA for more grant funding"

Racine Federated celebrates 35 years in business -- RACINE, WI, March 2, 2006 -- Manufacturing flow measurement systems and construction equipment, Racine Federated Inc. celebrates its 35th anniversary. The company was established in 1970 by the late John Erskine Sr. and the late George Miller. They brought together a number of former Racine Hydraulics personnel and proceeded to assemble a diverse group of businesses and product lines. Today, Racine Federated products are sold under Blancett, Flo-Tech, Hedland, Dynasonics, Preso, Wyco, and Racine Vortex names...

ABS Energy Research releases report on the 'Multi Utility Meter' market -- LONDON, March 1, 2006 -- Utility meters are like bass players in pop bands -- unsung and often overlooked, meters, like bass lines, are essential. All utilities require meters for proper measurement of and control over end user consumption. ABS Energy Research offers its latest report on "Multi Utility Meters" to highlight the depth, intricacy and latest trends in these ubiquitous meter markets. There are 2.2 billion meters installed in the world in 2006, with a total annual demand of 178 million new and replacement meters. Annual global demand is expected to rise to 213 million meters by 2010 with an annual growth rate of 3.7%...

UltraStrip to be featured on ABC affiliate story about Hurricane Katrina and Waveland, Miss. -- STUART, FL, March 1, 2006 -- UltraStrip Systems Inc., a Stuart, FA-based homeland security technology company, announced that it will be featured on WPBF News 25, the local West Palm Beach, FL, ABC affiliate. News anchor Jon Shainman will be reporting on the current status of the Gulf region after Hurricane Katrina's devastation six months ago. Ecosphere Technologies Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of UltraStrip, responded to the city of Waveland, MS, with its Mobile Emergency Filtration System. Waveland was hit by the eye of the hurricane and the Category 4 and 5 winds, plus the 40 to 50-foot tidal wave that destroyed the City and ruined its municipal water system. Ecosphere provided clean drinking water to the people of the City for six weeks. The feature is scheduled to air today and at 6:00 PM on Thursday...
Also see: • "Waveland, Miss., benefits from emergency water filtration system from Ecosphere" (WaterWorld Online)

Ohio companies to pay $3.25 million to settle alleged natural resource damages claims and Clean Water Act violations -- WASHINGTON, DC, Feb. 28, 2006 -- Elkem Metals Company L.P, its two partners-Ferro Invest III Inc. and Ferro Invest II LLC-and Eramet Marietta Inc. have agreed to pay $3.25 million to settle allegations that the companies injured natural resources and violated the Clean Water Act (CWA) as a result of wastewater discharges from a Marietta, OH, facility the U.S. Department of Justice, the Department of the Interior (DOI), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today. As a result of the settlement, the companies will pay a combined total of $2,040,000 towards restoration of injured natural resources in the Ohio River, including the restoration of native freshwater mussels, fish, and gastropods (snails). They will also pay a total of $460,000 as reimbursement to DOI and the states of West Virginia and Ohio-also parties to the settlement- for past assessment costs under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). In addition, Elkem will pay a penalty of $225,000 and Eramet will pay a penalty of $525,000 for alleged CWA violations...

ADB boosting focus on roads, water infrastructure in Azerbaijan -- BAKU, Azerbaijan, Feb. 28, 2006 -- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) plans to boost its operations in the road and water supply and sanitation sectors in Azerbaijan, according to an ADB Country Strategy and Program (CSP) update that earmarks about US$179 million in loans for the nation in the coming year. The amount -- a considerable increase over the $39 million in loans programmed for 2006 in the previous CSP Update for Azerbaijan -- reflects increased support to the government's infrastructure development plans, strong debt repayment capacity, and a positive economic outlook...

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