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Suez promotes a human resource revolution Vol 16, Issue 7 (July 2015)

The latest round of staff changes at the French water and waste group offer considerable insight into the way CEO Jean-Louis Chaussade is grooming his executive team to take on the challenges of the future.

Gelsenwasser exits French water market Vol 16, Issue 5 (May 2015)

Despite some impressive contract wins, Nantaise des Eaux struggled to turn a profit under German ownership. How will it fare as part of Suez Environnement?

French accents Vol 16, Issue 3 (March 2015)

  • Suez Environnement decided not to adopt a new name when it announced its new brand architecture on 12 March. It is, however, getting rid of a lot of old ones, including...
  • The new logo came on the heels of the group’s annual results, which were not so well received by the market. Sluggish growth weakened margins at the waste business, which upset investors who marked down the price of shares by...
  • Veolia’s full-year results saw the company return to profit at the net income level. The cost-cutting programme seems to have more than made up for the rather sluggish growth in the core businesses. 5% shareholder Groupama took advantage...
  • The two French companies were not alone in finding 2014 a tough year for sales growth. Pentair and Xylem reported topline growth of 0.6% and 2.1%, respectively, while Acciona Agua saw a 17% drop in sales. Hyflux probably had the greatest difficulties, with revenues falling by...
  • Pipe services company Aegion managed to buck the low growth trend, reporting a 22% increase in revenues to $1.3 billion. Looking forward, however, the growth picture is less strong, with the increased backlog from its...

Europe Water In Brief Vol 16, Issue 3 (March 2015)

Biwater Holdings slumped to a net loss of £6.2 million on revenues of £53.5 million (down 14.9%) in the year ended 31 March 2014, according to figures released earlier this month.

VWT boost helps Veolia exceed expectations Vol 16, Issue 3 (March 2015)

The French water and waste company bounced back into profit in 2014, largely thanks to cost-cutting. Going forward, the company aims to be less municipal and less French.

Europe Water In Brief Vol 16, Issue 2 (February 2015)

Severn Trent revealed on 13 February that it expects to take a £25-30 million hit in the second half of the current financial year due to re-organisation efforts.

In with the new Vol 16, Issue 1 (January 2015)

  • Suez Environnement has put in place a new regional group structure for its international division, with Degrémont merged into...
  • Veolia has announced plans to spin off some of its loss-making EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) activities in North America and Europe...

Herrewyn’s new start on the Inside Vol 16, Issue 1 (January 2015)

The Veolia Global Enterprises boss is looking for an investor to help buy out some of the group’s loss-making EPC businesses. It is going to be tough.

Not yet news Vol 15, Issue 12 (December 2014)

  • Veolia Global Solutions boss Jean-Michel Herrewyn is standing down as CEO...
  • Suez Environnement’s move to a single “brand architecture” encompassing both water and waste globally will be announced in...

What's in a name? Vol 15, Issue 10 (October 2014)

  • Suez Environnement suffered a blow this month when it was apparently knocked out of the running for the renewal of a €500 million water services contract in...
  • Industry rumours are intensifying that Suez Environnement is about to rebrand itself to reflect its loosening links with...
  • The renaming is also rumoured to coincide with a complete reorganisation of the business to reflect a regional structure similar to that of...