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Manufacturer faces higher costs
The increasing cost of doing business will impact on ANSA Chemicals’ operations, says Gerry Brooks, Chief Operating Officer of the ANSA McAL Group.
“Many of you are aware that very shortly we may be faced with increased rates from the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA). Combine this with the increasing focus on the environment by the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) and the role, cost and value of water commercially will even more radically affect our business prospectively, whether this be brewing, beverage, energy, printing and packaging or other industries,” he said.
Brooks was speaking on Thursday night at the launch of the regional partnership between ANSA Chemicals and ChemTreat Chemicals, whose parent company is the US-based Danaher Group, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Port-of-Spain.
ANSA Chemicals is the exclusive regional partner of ChemTreat and it currently holds the exclusive rights for water treatment to the middle market—to small and medium-sized manufacturing companies, hospital, breweries and hotels in the region. The partnership will provide chemicals and service for the treatment of cooling towers, boilers and effluent water in these sectors.
Brooks said joint teams from ANSA Chemicals and ChemTreat will work together to reevaluate customers’ water treatment practices and offer solutions that will enhance treatment and cost.
“Supplies of key raw materials will be kept on hand. Lab facilities are being constructed as well as expanded local facilities. Technical assistance is also available locally and can be quickly accessed internationally. We will be utilising partner expertise acquired through our respective groups to provide ‘best of breed’ solutions,” he said.
Brooks also said ANSA Chemicals satisfies 70 per cent of regional Chlor-alkali product consumption, which underscores their dominant position in this area. “We are not a commodity sales organisation but a market driven organisation that will leverage our expertise in the business of chlorine with a deeper focus on water treatment. We are undertaking a 25 per cent expansion of our Chlor-alkali plant. This underscores our commitment in the economy,” he said.
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