LONDON, July 7 /PRNewswire/ --
Frost Sullivan has conferred two prestigious awards on Veolia Water Solutions
Technologies (VWS). The 2008 Frost Sullivan European Pharmaceutical Water
Wastewater Treatment Business Development Strategy Leadership 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 2008 Frost Sullivan CEO of the Year Award
in the Global Water and Wastewater Treatment Technology Market is presented to
Jean Michel Herrewyn for his stellar 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 customised
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(TM), QUATTRO(TM), TRITON and POLARIS for producing
Purified Water (PW) and Water for Injection (WFI). The company also offers two
unique after sales services - AQUATREND(TM) and AQUAMOVE(TM). These have been
focused on achieving high levels of customer service satisfaction.
With Jean Michel at the helm, the company has successfully 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.
Realising that the key expertise of VWS was in technologies, Jean Michel
emphasised the company's strategic focus on water and wastewater treatment
technologies, placing technology at the core of the company's water and
wastewater treatment value offering to customers, explains Frost Sullivan
Research Analyst Fredrick Harry Royan. This focus has become central to the
business strategy of VWS.
Another initiative undertaken during the tenure of Jean Michel has been the
development of centres of excellence, especially among subsidiaries. This
enterprise has already materialised with dedicated Centres 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
This complements the Reverse Osmosis (RO) membrane capabilities built up within
VWST, 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 worlds largest thermal desalination
plant with a capacity of 800,000 m3/day for the Jubail Industrial City in Saudi
In the last few years, the company has adopted an aggressive growth strategy
based on major acquisitions. The defining factor of the acquisition strategy has
been a focus on sustainability, which is reflected in the technologies and
solutions acquired in the last few years.
The Frost Sullivan Award for Business Development Strategy Leadership is
presented each year to the company that has demonstrated excellence in business
development within the industry. The Award recognises 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. Through a
combination of vision, technology, and successful marketing, the Award recipient
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About Veolia Water Solutions Technologies
Veolia Water Solutions Technologies (VWS), subsidiary of Veolia Water, is a
leading design 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 euro 2.5 billion in 2008.
Veolia Water, the water division of Veolia Environnement, is the world leader in
water and wastewater services. Specialized in outsourcing services for municipal
authorities, as well as industrial and service companies, Veolia Water serves
139 million people worldwide. With 93,400 employees, its 2008 revenues amounted
to euro 12.6 billion.
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