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GKW bounces back from the blacklist Vol 18, Issue 9 (September 2017)

After being blacklisted by the World Bank in 2015 because it did not police its freelance associates effectively, the German engineer has made compliance a competitive advantage, and is back on the road to growth. Managing director Ralf Bufler explains his strategy.

KfW IPEX-Bank broadens its global lending horizons in water Vol 18, Issue 9 (September 2017)

The bank is looking to build on an impressive track record in the Middle East by diversifying its portfolio of water investments into other regions. Limited deal flow is the single biggest constraint it faces.

Micro-managing the emerging threat of micropollutants Vol 18, Issue 8 (August 2017)

Measures to manage micropollutants in water bodies continue to progress towards mandatory upgrades to treatment plants. GWI looks at the treatment options available for meeting the problems posed by emerging contaminants.

Asia pacific in brief Vol 18, Issue 7 (July 2017)

Singapore-listed engineer Darco Water Technologies, which is particularly strong in the Malaysian microelectronics industry, has initiated a pilot project using forward osmosis membranes from Denmark’s Aquaporin on semiconductor wastewater streams.

Buyers and sellers Vol 17, Issue 7 (July 2016)

  • German family office SKion has made an audacious Can$185 million (€130 million) bid for Ovivo...
  • By taking Ovivo private, SKion – and its co-partner la Caisse (an Ovivo stockholder since 1992) clearly see value where others do not. The shares have long been undervalued on the public exchanges...
  • H2O Innovation has bought Utility Partners, the contract operations business set up by former Southwest Water employee Bob Monette...
  • Forterra, the former Hanson subsidiary which bulked up its water division by buying U.S. Pipe for $775 million in April, has filed for an initial public offering in the US. 92% of the group’s $...
  • A further IPO prospect is Georgian Global Utilities (GGU), the private water operator serving the capital city of Tbilisi...
  • Chinese M&A activity has been on steroids over the past month, as deal after deal broke cover. Details of the $132 million sale of membrane manufacturer Scinor to Top Resource Conservation & Environment (which we flagged up in May) were particularly juicy...
  • Interest in acquiring overseas technology also shows no sign of abating. Shanghai Safbon has negotiated the purchase of a 22% stake in AquaSwiss, which deploys IDE’s technology in countries outside the Israeli company’s comfort zone...
  • The Philippines’ newest water project developer MetroPac Water Investments Corporation has bought 65% of commercial and industrial wastewater specialist ESTII...
  • Private equity capital has been flooding into the oilfield services market, with three bigticket commitments made in as many months...

Neologistic paraphasia Vol 17, Issue 7 (July 2016)

  • Bilfinger Water Technologies has been renamed Aqseptence Group following its recent take-over by Chengdu Techcent...

SKion’s audacious bid allows Ovivo to refocus on growth Vol 17, Issue 7 (July 2016)

After 30 years on the stock exchange, the Verreault family has finally bowed out of the water business by selling a slimmed-down Ovivo. What are the growth prospects?

SKion takes its water strategy to the next level with Ovivo buy Vol 17, Issue 7 (July 2016)

The investment vehicle of BMW heiress Susanne Klatten has kept a low profile since entering the water market in 2011. Its strategy will not change after buying Ovivo.

Europe water in brief Vol 17, Issue 5 (May 2016)

French biocide specialist Amoéba has raised €14.7 million of equity via a private placement, less than a year after floating on the Paris Euronext.

Bilfinger Water Tech on the block Vol 16, Issue 8 (August 2015)

Having built up a global water technology unit, Bilfinger is now considering selling out. Trade buyers may have a hard time making the numbers add up.