Insights

Where is the market for water services leading us?

We are currently awaiting the arrival of hard copies of our latest market report: Industrial Water Services and Chemicals. It is the first market report we have published which focuses on operating expenditure rather than capital expenditure, but it was prompted by the blurring of the lines between the two. There are two things driving this: one is the fact that while...

Reconnecting China’s water market with Planet Earth

I have been in Shanghai this week for Umore’s Clean Connect conference. The idea of the event is to put Chinese companies working in the environmental services arena in touch with foreign technology businesses. It is an interesting indicator of how times have changed. Ten years ago, an event like this would have been mobbed by Western companies all hoping to drive...

Are there serious alternatives to big infrastructure?

I have been in Abu Dhabi this week for the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council meeting. The objective of the event is to provide some of the ideas that will drive the discussion at the WEF’s annual meeting in Davos in January.

Two things came out of the discussions from my point of view. The first is a better understanding of the reality for water...

Six things I learned at the American Water Summit

I am just back from our American Water Summit in Denver. It turned out to be a great event despite the overloading of water conferences at this time of year. The main take aways for me were as follows:

1) The public sector is now much more open minded about working with the private sector: We were most grateful for the support of the National Association of Clean Water...

When did running a water utility become a belief?

“I cannot in good conscience participate in a meeting sponsored by an organization that is at such direct odds with my own beliefs.  I understand there are a wide range of public-private partnerships (many of which I support); however, I feel the majority of the GWI readers/members are in agreement with Mr. Gasson’s views and share the goal of expanding...

Futurology is a mug’s game, but we all have to do it

“If you’re so rich, why aren’t you so smart?”

This is the question that author and investment guru Nicholas Nassim Taleb asks of a successful futures trader in his book ‘Fooled By Randomness’. The point he is trying to make is that most business success results from lucky timing, but many successful people are stupid enough to...