VWS Earns Dual Frost & Sullivan Accolade

Frost & Sullivan has conferred two awards -- European Pharmaceutical Water & Wastewater Treatment Business Development Strategy Leadership and the CEO of the Year Award in the Global Water and Wastewater Treatment Technology Market -- on Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies (VWS).

The former award lauds VWS for its successful strategies that have enabled it to consolidate its position as one of the leading process water and wastewater solution providers for the pharmaceutical industry in Europe. The latter is presented to Jean Michel Herrewyn for his role in steering this growth.

"The success of VWS in the highly process critical pharmaceutical industry is attributed to its well structured business strategies that center on customized advanced treatment technologies and comprehensive, fully integrated treatment and service solutions," notes Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Karthikeyan Ravikumar. "Superior product quality, coupled with effective after sales services, has resulted in high levels of customer satisfaction."

Since 2005, VWS has also been successful in offering turnkey solutions on a global basis to the pharmaceutical industry. High quality standard equipment offerings include Orion™, Quattro™, and Triton.

With Herrewyn at the helm, the company has shifted from a market segment-based approach (which involved the division of the water industry into three segments: municipal, industrial water and industrial wastewater treatment) to one focused on water and wastewater treatment technologies.

Another initiative has been the development of centers of excellence, especially among subsidiaries. This enterprise has already materialized with dedicated Center of Excellence for key industrial sectors such as food and beverage and pharmaceuticals. Currently, VWS is the only company in the market with a team -- The Veolia Pharmaceutical Competence Centre -- dedicated to the pharmaceutical industry.

Lately, the company has adopted a more discerning approach to treatment technologies. It is currently equipped with a strong portfolio of thermal desalination solutions.

"This complements the reverse osmosis (RO) membrane capabilities built up within VWS&T, resulting in aggressive growth in the desalination plant market in the Middle East," states Royan. "This was recently highlighted when the company secured the contract of building one of the world's largest thermal desalination plants with a capacity of 800,000 m3/day for the Jubail Industrial City in Saudi Arabia."

The Business Development Strategy Leadership award is presented each year to the company that has demonstrated excellence in business development within the industry. It recognizes the company's ability to best perceive consumer needs, develop products and/or services that meet consumer needs, successfully introduce products or services to the industry, and identify new market segments to expand the existing customer base.

VWS, subsidiary of Veolia Water, is a design and build company and a specialized provider of technological solutions in water treatment. With over 8,900 employees in 57 countries, Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies recorded revenue of €2.5 billion in 2008.

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