VWS Envig has achieved and maintained its leadership position through rapid growth and market penetration, successful project implementation, good customer relationship and having an adequate resource base.
"The ability to successfully implement projects has been a major challenge in this market and WVS Envig's capacity to overcome this challenge, as evident in its Durban Water Recycling Project and the turnkey Sapref project in Durban, has given it an edge over its competitors, contributing to its position as market leader," notes Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Derrick Chikanga.
The Durban Water Recycling project is now used as a benchmark at the international level because it is one of the few plants in the world that has a domestic effluent plant followed directly by a potable water plant. The plant has been a recipient of numerous awards including the Pit Fossil and Civil Engineering Excellence Awards.
"The project has assisted in reducing the amount of wastewater that is released into the Indian Ocean by approximately 30 per cent," adds Derrick Chikanga. "Further, this project has helped alleviate pressure on municipal water supplies and water allocation decisions."
VWS Envig's outstanding success in South Africa's water and wastewater services market has been characterised by high growth and market penetration. The company has emphasised the importance of business development, reflected in its revenue figures over the last 6 years. Its turnover, in this short period, has grown from an initial ZAR 50 million to ZAR 500 million.
VWS Envig offers total water and wastewater solutions to a variety of industrial end-users in South and sub-Saharan Africa, including Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Nigeria, Kenya and Mauritius. Service offering range from design and build to solutions and associated services.
The company's industrial client base includes the automotive, energy, pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, pulp and paper, mining, steel, oil and gas sectors. Its range of activities varies from turnkey contracting for small and large projects, to specialised services and specialty chemicals for the industrial and municipal markets.
"The ability to achieve high levels of customer relationship management has been critical to VWS Envig's market leadership," remarks Chikanga. "For instance, after only 2 years of a twenty year contract, clients have chosen to expand VSW Envig's services to include additional operations. Mondi Paper (Pty) Ltd and Sapref (Shell and BP refineries) are two such examples of contracts that were extended."
VWS Envig enjoys the backing of its global parent, Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies and this helps it keep abreast with the latest trends and developments in the industry. This has been a crucial success factor for the company's South African operations.
"VWS Envig's well developed client base demonstrates the fact that it has the necessary technology to meet its clients' varied needs," comments Chikanga. "For instance, in November 2007, the company won two projects to design, supply and commission a sodium sulphate crystalliser and a nickel sulphate evaporator plant for Anglo Platinum while, at the same time, bagging a contract to supply a chloride removals plant to Mondi Business Paper's Richard's Bay Mill."
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About VWS Envig (Pty) Ltd
VWS Envig (Pty) Ltd is one of Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies (VWS) business units. 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 €2.5 billion Euros in 2008.
Veolia Water (veoliawaterst.com), 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 €12.6 billion.
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