Water Journal : Water Journal June 2013
WATER JUNE 2013 14 Industry News Nubian Announces Partnership With Nirosoft Nubian Water Systems has announced its strategic partnership with Nirosoft, an RWL Water Group company and global provider of water treatment solutions for the industrial, manufacturing, municipal, power and resources sectors. The partnership is part of Nubian's strategy to build a facility- centric, end-to-end water solutions company in Australia that will drive water balance and reduce Australia's water footprint. Commenting on the partnership, Barry Porter, CEO of Nubian Water Systems, said:"Nubian is now the only company in Australia that can claim to provide total water solutions. We can now take water from its source, optimise its value through recycling, and see it through to its environmentally sustainable discharge. "Nirosoft is a leader in providing membrane-based water treatment solutions, and combining their expertise with Nubian's leadership in recycling and disinfection will allow us to offer the market a truly unique proposition." Owned by the RWL Water Group, a fully integrated holding company founded by Ronald S Lauder, Nirosoft specialises in the design, manufacturing and operation of advanced water treatment systems. Nirosoft's state-of-the-art membrane technology is also used to create ultra-pure water, essential to the manufacturing industry, especially in the food and beverage, electrical and pharmaceutical sectors where ultra-pure water is essential in the creation of safe products and consumables. CEO of Nirosoft, Avi Bonibay said: "We are in the business of providing advanced water treatment solutions wherever they are needed. Nirosoft is focused on creating a global water business that will meet the growing need for clean water. "We feel the best way to bring our solutions to the Australian market is to partner with a local company that has the same ideals and objectives as Nirosoft. It is clear to us that, not only is Nubian a leader in providing innovative solutions to the Australian market, the company is also committed to providing water wherever it is needed." Gary Zamel, Nubian's Executive Chairman commented: "Both Ronald Lauder and I recognise that there is an urgent need for sustainable water solutions globally and we see an opportunity that managing urban water requires. Nirosoft has a deep and strong understanding of Australia's water needs and we have the expertise to penetrate the Australian market. "This partnership between Nirosoft and Nubian Water Systems strengthens economic ties between Israel and Australia. We are glad to work together in protecting the world's most precious resource --- water." Nirosoft has thousands of systems implemented globally including 30 here in Australia, including power stations in Cape Preston, the Australian Air Force and the Australian Antarctic Station. "When organisations with water-intensive applications go to suppliers for complete facility solutions, they nd that companies usually specialise in only one technology, whereas the key differentiator with Nubian is that we provide an end-to-end approach," says Nubian's Barry Porter. Managing Ageing Infrastructure Assets Critical To Global Water Delivery Global water services are potentially at risk from the challenges associated with ageing assets and infrastructure as water companies struggle to balance budgetary constraints with the need for ongoing capital investment, according to a report issued last month by insurance broking and risk management consultant Marsh. In 2013 Water Industry Insurance and Risk Benchmarking Report, which analyses the risk and insurance trends of water companies across four continents, asset failure was ranked as the top risk facing water companies globally for the eighth consecutive year. According to Marsh's report the average Total Cost of Risk (TCOR), which measures the performance of an organisation's risk management and insurance program, experienced by the global water industry rose by 10 per cent in 2012. Attributed to challenging insurance market conditions and self-insured losses in 2012, Marsh expects the average TCOR for the global water industry to decline in 2013 as a result of a more benign insurance cycle. Simon Gaunt, Managing Principal in the Global Power and Utilities Practice at Marsh, commented: "Asset upgrades are required globally to replace ageing systems, in order to manage the risks associated with extreme weather events more effectively and to deliver on community expectations of a secure and sustainable water supply. However, challenging economic conditions, especially in those territories that are dependent on government funding, are continuing to constrain the ability of water companies to fund infrastructure projects. "In the absence of signi cant investment, water companies are adopting a risk-based approach to prioritising their asset management programs and capital expenditure in order to protect the integrity of their supplies." Marsh recommends water companies embed these risk-based asset management programs within their broader management systems. This approach can be complemented by enhancing security at critical locations and relocating moveable plant to reduce damage risk. The introduction, development and delivery of emergency and disaster planning and training can also be highly effective. Left to right: Henry Charrabé, President and CEO, RWL Water; Michael (Miki) Tramer, Nirosoft's VP Global Sales & Marketing; Gary Zamel, Executive Chairman Nubian Water Systems; Barry Porter, CEO Nubian Water Systems.
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