ABU DHABI, UAE – January 15, 2013 - Xylem Inc. (NYSE: XYL), a leading global water technology company focused on addressing the world’s most challenging water issues, has announced that it will expand its presence in the Middle East region with the opening of a new office in Saudi Arabia in the coming months, as well as up to three additional offices in other key regional markets later this year. The company already has a presence in the United Arab Emirates and Lebanon. This expansion is to support the company’s growth in the Middle East resulting from the development of its water and wastewater treatment offering to address pressing re-use and desalination challenges. The company is also expanding its dewatering capabilities in the region.
The company will present a broad portfolio of water transport, treatment and testing technologies and dewatering solutions at the International Water Summit (booth #3250) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from January 13-15, 2013.
“In the last year, we increased our capabilities in the Middle East so that we can provide what we call integrated treatment solutions,” said Mike Kuchenbrod, president of Xylem’s Water Solutions business. “What this means is that we can help customers achieve optimum wastewater treatment system performance by combining our extensive process knowledge and controls capability with the world-class, biological treatment, filtration and disinfection technologies in our portfolio.”
In addition, as part of its global dewatering expansion, Xylem will present its enhanced offering for the Middle East region during the International Water Summit. “We have expanded our dewatering or water removal capabilities in the region, and now offer a rental fleet that includes the two leading drainage pump brands in the world – Flygt and Godwin – together with Xylem services to provide complete dewatering solutions in the Middle East,” said Kuchenbrod. Xylem boasts the world’s largest global dewatering rental fleet of 20,000 products, including diesel-driven, self-priming Godwin pumps and Flygt submersible electric pumps.
Other featured highlights of Xylem’s presence at the International Water Summit include:
• Xylem will launch its award-winning wastewater pumping solution, Flygt Experior, for customers in the Middle East. This new wastewater pumping solution is a break-through technology that offers up to 50 percent in energy savings compared to conventional wastewater pumps. This significant reduction in energy consumption has been demonstrated at a number of pump stations around the world where the system has been installed. The Flygt Experior wastewater pumping system combines state-of-the-art hydraulics, premium efficiency motors and intelligent controls in a unique concept that the company believes sets a new standard for premium wastewater pumping.
• Making its debut in the Middle East market is Xylem’s new open channel ultraviolet (UV) disinfection system, called WEDECO Duron. The WEDECO Duron UV disinfection system delivers clean, safe treated wastewater of the highest standard using a minimum of energy and eliminates the need for chemical-based disinfection. A key benefit of the WEDECO Duron system is its small footprint and ease of maintenance. An innovative 45 degree vertical incline design, combined with Xylem’s expertise in vertical lamp arrangement, means that the Duron system requires less space than other UV systems.
• Xylem’s analytical instrumentation portfolio, marketed under the WTW, YSI and Aanderaa brands, is used across the Gulf region for water testing and analysis applications. Xylem will present to customers new products, including YSI’s EXO multi-parameter water quality testing product and Xylem’s custom-built coastal monitoring platforms. These products are used to address challenges and provide solutions to customers’ environmental application needs.
Xylem’s commitment to the Middle East region extends to its corporate citizenship and social investment activities as well. Xylem’s signature citizenship program, Xylem Watermark, was created to provide and protect safe water resources in communities around the world. Xylem works with leading international non-profit organizations to provide water through community-based and emergency response projects, and to protect water resources through disaster risk reduction efforts.
Xylem and Mercy Corps, the disaster relief organization and Xylem Watermark partner, have been working in partnership in Jordan to secure a sustainable water supply for Syrian refugees in the Zaatari refugee camp. Through Watermark, Xylem has provided funding and technical expertise to facilitate the construction of a deep well capable of providing a daily supply of clean water for up to 130,000 people in the camp.
This Xylem Watermark program will be presented in the Sustainable Solutions Village during the International Water Summit.
Note to Editors:
Xylem’s Mike Kuchenbrod will take part in a high-profile panel discussion at the International Water Summit that will explore water and energy as catalysts to economic growth. Other panelists taking part in the January 16 discussion include Joppe Cramwinckel, Water Director, World Business Council on Sustainable Development; Thani Al Zayoudi, Head of Directorate of Energy and Climate Change, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Karl Rose, Director of Policy and Scenarios, World Energy Council.
Xylem (XYL) is a leading global water technology provider, enabling customers to transport, treat, test and efficiently use water in public utility, residential and commercial building services, industrial and agricultural settings. The company does business in more than 150 countries through a number of market-leading product brands, and its people bring broad applications expertise with a strong focus on finding local solutions to the world’s most challenging water and wastewater problems. Xylem is headquartered in White Plains, N.Y., with 2011 revenues of $3.8 billion and 12,500 employees worldwide. In 2012, Xylem was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for advancing sustainable business practices and solutions worldwide.
The name Xylem is derived from classical Greek and is the tissue that transports water in plants, highlighting the engineering efficiency of our water-centric business by linking it with the best water transportation of all -- that which occurs in nature. For more information, please visit us at www.xyleminc.com
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