Nijhuis NEWS - Edition 13 - October 2017

Universal trends

A number of universal trends are becoming visible and one of the most important is the fact that the majority of industrial end-users are challenging Nijhuis to develop a business case, together with them rather than just present an offer against a specification

To design a solution by just following the input data is not enough, clients really like to understand how our system, solution or added-value services are making business sense, often reflected in a shorter than 18 – 24 month return on investment (ROI).

However, besides a smart and innovative design minimizing the investment and life cycle cost this also opens the door for discussing new business models like rental, operations & maintenance.

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Reduce the water consumption

For many of our clients, water-scarcity is affecting their license to operate and in areas with limited access to water or areas being affected by droughts and climate change, clients are forced to take measures to reduce their water consumption in and outside their factories. This is very often driven by the implementation of even tighter environmental regulations.

Our strategy to help our existing and future clients on sustainable water use and resource recovery, improve productivity and their environmental footprint and reduce their life-cycle cost at the same time has been well received.

In practice, we help clients by reducing their water, energy and chemical consumption, reusing water and heat and by recovering energy, nutrients and raw materials from their wastewater.

Short ROI’s and introduced innovations

The newest Nijhuis projects incorporate a lot of recently introduced innovations like i-DOSE, AECO-FAT, GENIUS, Screw Press (NSP), AECO-CIP or our concrete High Rate i-DAF solution for pretreatment of seawater and drinking water, which have been sold to the first and largest hybrid desalination plant in Singapore.

Water reuse is gaining strategic importance, especially in water scarce areas or countries where the price for water and energy is increasing rapidly. Another reason is the growing concern of the food, beverage, pharma, oil & gas and other large water consumers to implement water stewardship programs to de-risk their operations and reduce their life-cycle cost related to water.