India not only has an enormous potential for growth, it is also looking to modernise its environmental and recycling systems – two reasons, therefore, why the REMONDIS Group is looking to expand its activities in the country. Working together with DEG in Cologne, REMONDIS Aqua International GmbH recently developed and implemented a project as part of the develoPPP.de programme run by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
The aim of the project was to introduce a modern, resource-friendly water management system that can be used by the food production industry. Using the sugar industry in India to illustrate this, this two-year project began in April 2012 and was divided up into three different phases. REMONDIS Aqua staff from both Germany and India joined an international, multidisciplinary team which was responsible for ensuring the project was a success. The sugar businesses that took part were located in and around the Indian cities of Pune and Kolhapur.
The international development project lasted two years and was a great success.
The first of the three phases lasted a total of nine months. This preparation stage was used to select suitable partners from the sugar industry for the project, to assess the potential of the water management systems these businesses already had in place and to draw up training measures. The actual project plans were then implemented over a period of twelve months and included training courses for the plant personnel on subjects such as technology, facility operations, workplace safety and the environment. In addition, the water and wastewater facilities at the plants were optimised during this period. Focus during the final three months was on gathering together information and drawing up reports which also included PR measures for promoting sustainability.
For REMONDIS, this project was also an important step towards establishing itself on the Indian market. The information gathered concerning the potential of the Indian market has been particularly useful. The staff were able to get an overview of potential customers in this sector which can be used for future REMONDIS investments. This reliable source of information will help the company in its decision-making processes, especially when it has to decide how and where to invest. Moreover, the project has also led to the company being awarded long-term service agreements to build, operate and maintain wastewater treatment facilities and energy plants. All in all, this cooperation work with development agencies and the success of the project itself have meant that REMONDIS Aqua International has succeeded in establishing itself on the market, paving the way for it to roll out its services for the food processing industry in India.
India: a densely populated country with a rapidly growing industrial sector
REMONDIS has learned much from working together with DEG and helping it to implement such an international development programme and will be using this valuable experience to help other regions around the world.