Facelift for veteran water treaters
After first opening shop in the country back in 1993, Namibiaâ€™s largest water treatment company Aqua Services and Engineering (ASE), last week entered a new era, complete with a new logo.
Having established itself as a leading supplier of water treatment equipment and solutions, and with a number of high-profile industrial projects under its belt, ASE merged with Paris-based Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies back in 2008.
â€œWith the events of the past few yearsâ€¦ we as ASE wish to present a new, fresh face to our community that combines our trusted service with the new wealth of latest technology and values from Veolia,â€ ASE Managing Director Chris StÃ¶ck, told clients and other members of the business community in attendance at the launch event last week. Veoliaâ€™s history dates back to 1852, when Napoleon III ordered the creation of a private company in that country to operate and maintain local municipal water infrastructure. The company currently operates globally, and is said to employ more than 100 000 people currently.
â€œIn 2008, ASE was approached and added to the Veolia family for a very good reason.â€
â€œThey have certain technology which was designed and proven for African conditions which we did not have in-house. They had a very good reputation and foothold in Namibia and its neighbours.
The fit goes even further in the sense that their business modelâ€¦ slotted in exactly with the way Veolia SA conducts their business,â€ Master of Ceremonies and Veolia General Manager for Business Development, Chris Braybrooke, said. Veolia itself, Braybrooke said, has more than 250 registered in-house technologies of its own.
Projects to which ASE have proved crucial to date, include the turn-key construction of a seawater treatment plant for Tunacor in Walvis Bay, as well as the construction of the Goreangab Water Reclamation Plant in Windhoek.