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Drinking water: Nijhuis Saur Industries acquires PWNT

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Autor: Jonas Völker

Drinking water: Nijhuis Saur Industries acquires PWNT
Nijhuis Saur Industries provides robust and adaptive solutions for sustainable water use, energy and resource recovery with a strong focus on protecting water resources. Photo: Nijhuis Saur Industries

With the acquisition of PWNT, the commercial subsidiary of the North Holland drinking water company and nature manager PWN, Nijhuis Saur Industries is strengthening its portfolio for the purification of drinking water. PWNT was specially established to commercialize the innovations of drinkable water company PWN in the field of water treatment. This includes all innovations in purification technology developed in recent years, including ion exchange (SIX®), inline coagulation (ILCA®) and ceramic membrane applications (CeraMac®), as well as the “Proevenloods”, the test- and optimization facility of PWNT.

Focus on core task: drinking water supply

Paulien Pistor, CEO of PWN: “PWNT has a lot of experience and a very good reputation in the field of water purification technology. Over the years we noticed a fast-growing interest in PWNT’s technology. In order to meet the increasing demand, PWNT needs to expand internationally and focus even more on the development and marketing of its knowledge and technology. The nature of those activities is becoming less and less compatible with PWN as a parent company. We must focus on our core task: drinking water supply and management of nature reserves in the province of North Holland.

We are facing challenges such as climate change, energy transition and population growth which require our full attention. Our starting point for the sale has been to offer PWNT and its employees a healthy future. We are confident that PWNT together with Nijhuis Saur Industries will grow internationally and fully realize its ambitions and potential.”

Surface water will be most important water source

Menno M. Holterman, CEO and President of Nijhuis Saur Industries: “At Nijhuis Saur Industries, PWNT is given the opportunity for further development in complete freedom while working closely with a successful and fast-growing team that is now active in more than 140 countries. Surface water will become one of the most important sources of drinking water in the coming years. PWNT’s technology, skills and expertise are an essential addition to our innovation and technology portfolio for the purification of drinking water. Together with our experience in the design, supply, financing and operation of (drinking) water installations, we expect in the coming years PWNT will grow into a leading global provider of integrated drinking water solutions.
Future collaboration

In view of the aforementioned challenges that PWN as a drinking water company faces, PWN and Nijhuis Saur Industries have entered into an additional agreement to continue working intensively with PWNT in the field of research and development for the next 5 years.”

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