Eco­lab ac­quires wa­ter treat­ment provider in China

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By YU RAN in Shang­hai

yu­ran@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Eco­lab Inc, a US-based pro­ducer of dis­in­fec­tant and food safety ser­vices, has ac­quired con­trol­ling in­ter­est in Jiang­hai En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Co Ltd, head­quar­tered in Changzhou in Jiangsu province, to ex­pand its wa­ter treat­ment in China.

The com­pany’s chair­man of the board and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Dou­glas M. Baker Jr., con­firmed plans to ex­pand its wa­ter treat­ment busi­ness in China.

Jiang­hai pro­vides wa­ter treat­ment tech­nolo­gies, chemistries and ser­vices to sev­eral in­dus­tries in China, in­clud­ing cus­tomers in power and chem­i­cals. It has more than 550 em­ploy­ees and op­er­ates two man­u­fac­tur­ing plants in Changzhou. In 2014, the com­pany had sales of $90 mil­lion.

“The ac­qui­si­tion broad­ens ser­vices and im­proves op­por­tu­ni­ties in strate­gic wa­ter treat­ment mar­ket, and en­hances our abil­ity to help cus­tomers ad­dress grow­ing wa­ter con­straints in China,” said Wang Tie, ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of Eco­lab Inc.

The ac­qui­si­tion, com­pleted on June 16, com­ple­ments Eco­lab’s cur­rent in­dus­trial wa­ter treat­ment of­fer­ings un­der the Nalco name, and strength­ens the com­pany’s long-term growth op­por­tu­ni­ties in the in­creas­ingly wa­ter-stressed Chi­nese mar­ket.

Both com­pa­nies are known for their ser­vice-ori­ented, prob­lem-solv­ing ap­proach to op­ti­miz­ing cus­tomer oper­a­tions and prof­itabil­ity.

“We are con­fi­dent our team in Jiang­hai will ap­ply our best tech­nol­ogy and come up with ap­pro­pri­ate so­lu­tions for lo­cal com­pa­nies to op­er­ate in an en­vi­ron­men­tal­lyfriendly way,” said Wang.

Eco­lab en­tered the Chi­nese mar­ket 40 years ago and has com­pletely lo­cal­ized with its five fac­to­ries, the largest re­search cen­ter in the Asi­aPa­cific re­gion, and more than 40 branches all over the coun­try.

With cus­tomers in more than 170 coun­tries in the world, Eco­lab spe­cial­izes in wa­ter, hy­giene and energy tech­nolo­gies and ser­vices that pro­tect peo­ple and vi­tal re­sources. It de­liv­ers com­pre­hen­sive so­lu­tions and on-site ser­vice to pro­mote safe food, main­tain clean en­vi­ron­ments, op­ti­mize wa­ter and energy use, and im­prove op­er­a­tional ef­fi­cien­cies for cus­tomers.

“We have a re­search team to work on the up­dat­ing tech­nolo­gies and fac­to­ries to pro­duce the items es­pe­cially for Chi­nese mar­ket, which gets more promis­ing with the rais­ing at­ten­tion on food safety and wa­ter prob­lems from lo­cal clients,” said Wang.

The State Coun­cil re­leased the Ac­tion Plan for Wa­ter Pol­lu­tion Preven­tion and Con­trol on April 16, af­ter two years of re­search and re­vi­sion since it was first drafted in April 2013, in or­der to tackle wa­ter pol­lu­tion, aim­ing to in­ten­sify gov­ern­ment ef­forts to re­duce emis­sions of pol­lu­tants and to pro­tect sup­plies.

The Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of China’s Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress (NPC), the coun­try’s top leg­is­la­ture, also voted on April 24 to adopt an amend­ment to the Food Safety Law that gives the heav­i­est penal­ties yet to of­fend­ers.

Touted as the “tough­est food safety law” in China’s history, the amend­ment is con­sid­ered a move to­ward achiev­ing the strictest ever su­per­vi­sion sys­tem for food safety. The new law will go into ef­fect on Oct 1.

“Those reg­u­la­tions showed that the cen­tral gov­ern­ment is de­ter­mined to im­prove the en­vi­ron­ment in China, which will bring more op­por­tu­ni­ties than chal­lenges for us to help cus­tomers with more sus­tain­able so­lu­tions,” said Wang.

In ad­di­tion, Eco­lab re­lies on its more than 3,000 staff mem­bers, aim­ing to de­velop more in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies con­tin­u­ously.

“We will spend more on R&D to solve the prob­lems on food safety, en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and energy de­vel­op­ment in Shang­hai, to fol­low the city’s mis­sion on be­ing a global tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion cen­ter,” said Wang.

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