5 Nov 2014
F.l.t.r. Mr Arnold Gmuender (WABAG Switzerland), Mr Rajiv Mittal (CEO WABAG), Ms Ploumen (Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation) and René Noppeney (Royal HaskoningDHV). © Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Cooperation Agreement signed in New Delhi in the presence of Ms Lilianne Ploumen, the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation and H.E. Mr Alphonsus Stoelinga, Dutch Ambassador to India
Royal HaskoningDHV and VA TECH Wabag, one of the world's leading water technology companies, have signed a 10 year Cooperation Agreement to deliver Nereda® wastewater treatment technology to India and Switzerland.
Nereda is an innovative wastewater treatment technology that uses the unique features of aerobic granular biomass. More cost-effective than traditional water treatment methods, Nereda plants are up to four times smaller than traditional installations, consume only half the energy and require no chemicals for the treatment process.
Mr Rajiv Mittal, Managing Director and Group CEO, VA Tech WABAG Limited said, "I am delighted that WABAG has been chosen by Royal HaskoningDHV, a leading international engineering company, for technology co-operation to introduce this new technology in India and Switzerland where WABAG already enjoys market and technology leadership.
To start with, this new technology will address the India and Swiss markets and over time, the geographical scope will be enlarged."
Mr. Mittal further said, "In keeping with our overall inorganic growth strategy either for new markets or new technology, WABAG is adopting this licensing route on a long term. This new addition to our technology portfolio shall meet the growing market expectations in terms of less power consumption, less footprint and more cost effective solutions for waste water management."
Wastewater management has been given a high priority in the recently adopted India National Water Policy. Underpinned by a multi-billion dollar government programme, municipal and industrial wastewater treatment will be one of the most exciting areas for future growth in India.
Royal HaskoningDHV's Global Director for Water Products & Innovation, René Noppeney said: "We are proud that we have joined forces with WABAG to enter the Indian and Swiss markets with our innovative Nereda technology. For us this is a major step forward, following the successful introduction of the technology in other markets such as Brazil, Australia, the UK and Ireland over the past two years."
The Cooperation Agreement was signed on 5 November 2014 by Mr Rajiv Mittal, Managing Director and Group CEO WABAG, Mr Arnold Gmuender, COO WABAG Wassertechnik in Switzerland, and Mr René Noppeney, Royal HaskoningDHV's Global Director for Water Products & Innovation.