WorldBriefs: Cambridge firm reorganizes business following solid growth

June 13, 2007
Also in this report: Three UK appointments at Metoc plc; ISO compliance for HWM companies; Accelerating AMP 4 water industry investment means new sales opportunities for suppliers; Brimac gears up to aid UK's nuclear expansion; CH2M HILL names Regional Business Development Manager for Southeast Asia and India; MEPs tighten EU priority water pollutant rules; Infrastructure planning white paper; APFED Awards issues call for application...

In other news below:
-- Three UK appointments at Metoc plc
-- ISO compliance for HWM companies
-- Accelerating AMP 4 water industry investment means new sales opportunities for suppliers
-- Brimac gears up to aid UK's nuclear expansion
-- CH2M HILL names Regional Business Development Manager for Southeast Asia and India
-- MEPs tighten EU priority water pollutant rules
-- Infrastructure planning white paper
-- APFED Awards issues call for application

Cambridge firm reorganizes business following solid growth
CAMBRIDGE, UK, June 6, 2007 -- A Cambridge plastics engineering firm has reorganized and refocused after experiencing solid growth in two of its project divisions. DRC Polymers launched Hylam IQ, an intelligent membrane that pinpoints leaks, in 2004 after three years of development. The waterproofing system has since been installed at United Utilities-owned reservoirs at Demings Moss in the Lake District National Park, Huntington water treatment works near Chester and Godley W.T.W. near Hyde.

A new installation is starting this spring at "Sweetloves" near Bolton and a number of new projects will take place over the next 12 months for other UK water companies.

Ken Bray, managing director of DRC Polymers, said: "Getting Hylam IQ endorsed by repeat orders from United Utilities has been fantastic and a number of other water companies now want to experience the benefits. We expect to see demand grow and grow as we begin to research other uses for the system."

As well as increased sales for Hylam IQ, booming demand for modular buildings has led DRC Polymers to refocus its division concentrating entirely on modular building work. DRC has seen sales of roofing for modular buildings increase dramatically as the buildings shake off the shackles of their poor image.

"Modular buildings no longer have the post-war prefab stigma they once had. Nowadays they are sophisticated, attractive and functional buildings -- often over several stories -- that are also affordable and environmentally friendly. Demand, whether for commercial or residential use is on the increase," added Bray.

DRC Polymers was formed in 1995 to incorporate the Dunstable Rubber Company and its established roofing and modular building business. The company now develops leading edge polymer products for the construction and engineering, agricultural and waterproofing industries.

Among other recent headlines:

Three UK appointments at Metoc plc
CARDIFF, UK, June 12, 2007 -- Three senior staff from Hyder Consulting's coastal and marine modelling group have joined Metoc plc, the environmental design and risk management specialist, to support its forecasting services. Nick Barcock, Dr Suzanne Clarke and Dr Yan Wu will be based in the company's Cardiff offices...

ISO compliance for HWM companies
LONDON, June 6, 2007 -- Palmer Environmental and Radcom Technologies of the Halma Water Management group have been certificated to acknowledge their compliance with various ISO standards...

Accelerating AMP 4 water industry investment means new sales opportunities for suppliers
June 6, 2007 -- The UK water and wastewater companies are set to accelerate their maintenance, infrastructure, quality and environmental improvements during the next three years of the current five year £17-billion plus investment program in order to make up for delays at the start of the cycle...

Brimac gears up to aid UK's nuclear expansion
GREENOCK, Scotland, June 5, 2007 -- Leading environmental engineering company, Brimac, has branded Britain's nuclear power plans 'a tremendous boost' for organizations involved in protecting the environment.

"CH2M HILL names Regional Business Development Manager for Southeast Asia and India"
SINGAPORE, June 4, 2007 - CH2M HILL, a global full-service engineering, construction, and operations firm, today named Greg Turner as the regional business development and planning manager for Southeast Asia and India...
Also see: "CH2M HILL Names John Quarendon Managing Director for Southeast Asia and India"

MEPs tighten EU priority water pollutant rules
May 22, 2007 -- The European parliament has voted to tighten proposed EU water quality standards for a series of priority water pollutants. The rules were put forward by the European commission last year in a draft daughter directive under the water framework directive...

Infrastructure planning white paper
LONDON, May 22, 2007 -- Water UK welcomes a fresh approach to planning for significant infrastructure projects and the specific reference to water and wastewater needs. Water companies are often caught between meeting environmental obligations through new development and planning delays, which make it impossible to deliver on time...

APFED Awards issues call for application
KANAGAWA, Japan, May 17, 2007 -- The Asia-Pacific Forum for Environment and Development (APFED) announces "The 2007 Ryutaro Hashimoto APFED Awards for Good Practices" renamed in honor of the late Mr. Ryutaro Hashimoto, former Prime Minister of Japan and first APFED Chair. The Awards will be given to organizations in recognition of their practices that made outstanding achievements in promoting environmental management and sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific...

OTHER NEWS
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