WaterBriefs: Biological wastewater treatment equipment market worth over $1 billion

Also in this report: Rohm & Haas hikes ion exchange resin prices again; HDR buys Kentucky engineering firm; American Water to open Phoenix's Lake Pleasant WTP; Arizona approves RWE divestiture; Itron provides energy software tools to McKinstry; Aqua America gets river flowing at Please Touch Museum; Thompson Pump HR director gets certified; OCWD general manager resigns, American States Water announces new executive vice president; Alfa Laval gains more China heat exchanger orders...

Feb 16th, 2007

In other news below:
-- Rohm & Haas again hikes worldwide ion exchange resin prices
-- HDR buys Kentucky engineering firm
-- American Water to open Phoenix's Lake Pleasant WTP in spring
-- Arizona Corporation Commission approves RWE divestiture
-- Itron provides energy software tools to McKinstry
-- Partnership with Aqua America gets river flowing at Please Touch Museum
-- Thompson Pump HR director achieves professional certification
-- Orange County Water District general manager resigns
-- American States Water Company announces new executive vice president
-- Alfa Laval gains more China heat exchanger orders

Biological wastewater treatment equipment market worth over $1 billion -- LONDON, Feb. 16, 2007 -- The biological wastewater treatment equipment segment is the most established in the European wastewater treatment equipment market. This is mainly because of its domination in the significant municipal sector and its increasing attractiveness in the industrial sector.

Furthermore, the stringent EU Directives on wastewater treatment have further brought biological wastewater treatment into focus and as a result this market continues to provide opportunities as well as challenges for equipment suppliers in terms of tight discharge limits such as nutrient levels in the treated wastewater stream. The biological wastewater treatment equipment market is worth more than US$1 billion and continues to be the "bread and butter" technology for equipment suppliers in the European market.

On this topic Frost & Sullivan will host an exclusive interactive briefing on Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. GMT to provide manufacturers, distribution channels, end-users and other industry participants with an overview of biological wastewater treatment equipment

Highlights of the briefing include: top level market analysis of the European biological wastewater treatment equipment market with a brief look at key market forces such as drivers, restraint and challenges. The briefing will also provide top level market revenue forecasts and related trends across sectors and technology segments.

Those interested in participating in this outlook should send an email to Frost & Sullivan's Chiara Carella at chiara.carella@frost.com

"Biological wastewater treatment continues to be the focus in the European wastewater treatment systems market with equipment suppliers embracing the present day challenges both in terms of operational and legislative requirements. The market growth has been catalysed by the creation of marketable solutions such as MBR systems, high efficiency nutrient removal systems or even less sludge generating biological solutions. In essence, the biological wastewater treatment systems segment does remain the 'bread and butter' for the large number of companies in the European market".

This briefing on the European biological wastewater treatment systems market would be beneficial to virtually all companies operating in the European wastewater treatment sector. It would also be particularly relevant to companies with a substantial in-house expertise in biological wastewater treatment as well as companies developing or on the verge of introducing new innovative biological systems. The briefing would also be extremely useful to contracting companies as it would provide key analysis of the trends in the European biological wastewater treatment, highlighting regional and sectorial trends which could be extremely useful in putting together an effective business development strategy.

Frost & Sullivan, a global growth consulting company, has been partnering with clients to support the development of innovative strategies for more than 40 years. The company's industry expertise integrates growth consulting, growth partnership services, and corporate management training to identify and develop opportunities. It serves an extensive clientele that includes Global 1000 companies, emerging companies, and the investment community by providing comprehensive industry coverage that reflects a unique global perspective and combines ongoing analysis of markets, technologies, econometrics, and demographics.

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Among other recent headlines:

Rohm & Haas announces worldwide price increase of ion exchange resins -- PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 16, 2007 -- Rohm and Haas Company announced yesterday a worldwide price increase of 4-6% across their range of ion exchange resins, adsorbents and catalysts. The increase will be effective March 1 or as contracts permit. The increase is needed to cover the continued increases in raw material costs...
Also see:
-- "Rohm & Haas holds groundbreaking ceremony for new $19 million manufacturing plant in Mexico"
-- "Rohm & Haas awarded $1.93M contract from ESTCP for perchlorate removal systems"

HDR buys Kentucky engineering firm -- OMAHA, NE, Feb. 16, 2007 -- HDR has acquired Quest Engineers Inc., a full-service engineering firm based in Lexington, KY, with offices in Louisville, KY, and Cincinnati and a staff of 120 people. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Going forward, Quest Engineers will conduct business as HDR/Quest. Under the new corporate structure, Scroggin will have a key leadership role in HDR's operations in Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana and Ohio and will be a senior vice president for the company...

American Water takes steps to address needs of Arizona's growing population -- VOORHEES, NJ, Feb. 16, 2007 -- American Water, the largest water services provider in North America, is addressing the needs of Arizona's growing population through an innovative, environmentally-conscious project designed to provide quality, reliable drinking water, all while meeting existing and foreseeable future regulations and responding to regional growth. The Lake Pleasant Water Treatment Plant, the result of a successful public-private partnership between American Water and the City of Phoenix, is expected to begin operations this spring upon completion of the first phase of a four-phase project. The largest design-build-operate (DBO) facility of its kind in North America, the water treatment plant has helped to earn the city of Phoenix accolades as the best-managed city in the country. Encompassing 225 acres, yet displaying an architectural style that naturally blends with the desert landscape, the plant treats water from Waddell Canal, pumping it through a 90-inch diameter pipeline approximately 12,000 feet in length. Treated water is then stored in a 40-million gallon, partly buried finished-water storage reservoir and transferred to the city's high- and low-pressure distribution systems by an on-site pump station...
Also see: "Momentum continues for RWE's divestiture of American Water: Company receives approval from Arizona Corporation Commission"

Itron provides energy software tools to McKinstry -- Itron EEM Suite offers increased energy efficiency, usage analysis for Seattle energy services firm. -- LIBERTY LAKE, WA, Feb. 16, 2007 -- Itron Inc. announced yesterday the implementation of its Enterprise Energy Management Suite™ (EEM) software by McKinstry, a leading energy services and facilities management company with headquarters in Seattle, WA. McKinstry will offer EEM Suite with its InfoCentre facilities management platform to enhance the way McKinstry manages operations for its customers. EEM Suite will add a new dimension of energy analysis and monitoring to McKinstry's capabilities and dramatically increase the impact of its active energy management service. McKinstry customers can expect significant reductions in energy costs with improved comfort in their facilities. The suite combines Bill Analyst™, Meter Data Analyst™ and Advanced Forecasting...

Partnership with Aqua America gets river flowing at Please Touch Museum -- Educational sponsorship will bring bigger, better water exhibit to Memorial Hall -- PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 16, 2007 -- Please Touch Museum, the Children's Museum of Philadelphia, announced yesterday a partnership with Aqua America Inc. to create Waterway Play, a great winding river brimming with activity that will be a major attraction at the museum's new home at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park. The announcement was made by Nick DeBenedictis, chairman and chief executive officer of Aqua America, and Elizabeth B. Cartmell, chairperson, Please Touch Museum Board of Directors, at an event to mark the reopening of the River exhibit at the Museum's current home at 210 N. 21st Street. The River had been closed for a series of improvements...

Thompson Pump HR director achieves professional certification
PORT ORANGE, FL, Feb. 16, 2007 -- Robert James Zicker, human resources director for Thompson Pump and Manufacturing Company Inc., recently earned certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) -- awarded by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Zicker has been with Thompson Pump for over nine years and the Port Orange, FL, company's HR director for six years...

American States Water Company announces new executive vice president -- SAN DIMAS, CA, Feb. 16, 2007 -- American States Water Company announced yesterday that Michael Patrick George has accepted the position of Executive Vice President of Corporate Development for the company effective Feb. 12. George will be assuming the responsibility for assessing the company's portfolio of water rights, including adjudicated groundwater, surface diversions, storage conveyance and contractual entitlements, with the objective of improving coordination, dependability, and value to customers of AWR's subsidiaries and AWR's shareholders. Before joining his previous company, Western Water Company, he was a managing director with J.P. Morgan. He began his career as a lawyer with an international law firm with corporate, litigation, government affairs and regulatory practices...

Flying start for Alfa Laval in China 2007 -- Additional heat exchanger orders push current outstanding value to nearly $60 million -- STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Feb. 16, 2007 -- Alfa Laval, a world leader in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling, continues its high activity in China. The company has received three new orders for Alfa Laval Packinox custom-designed heat exchangers from Chinese customers. The order value is about SEK 180 million [US$25.58 million]. Delivery will take place during 2008. It comes on top of petrochemical industry orders in China for an additional SEK 240 million [US$34.11 million]. The heat exchangers will be used in catalytic processes in the manufacture of mixed xylenes that are key raw materials for various petrochemical end products such as polyester fibers and PET plastic bottles...

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