‘We will change the face of chemical, water treatment’
In a bid to improve and reposition chemical and water treatment in Nigeria, a group of young Nigerians have come together to establish their company to do just that and much more.
According to the group’s CEO, Doyle Edeni, they would go independent and unveil a full range of their products and services from the first of next month. He made this known at the maiden edition of their annual Water and Process Treatment Seminar held during the week, with participants drawn from customer/prospect plants in the oil and gas sector, power steel plants, fertilizer and cement companies, food and beverages sector as well as heavy industries.
The seminar was held to not just acquaint them of the planned transition but the sort of improvements and services they would be getting. Speaking with The Guardian, Edemi said they have trained over twenty young engineers already and their long-term goal was to drive down operating costs as well as create local employments. “we aim to supply products that meet customers demands according to specifications. Some people don’t have faith in local businesses considering they might have had several bad experiences in the past but we are going to change the face of all that. Soon, we hope to expand and go into equipment manufacture as well.”
Edemi added that they have been in business for ten years but were affiliated to a parent company and represented and distributed specialty chemical products on behalf of some major global brands but they intend to start manufacturing them locally here and distribute locally and internationally. According to him, they established their USA-based subsidiary four years ago and started manufacturing their own range of specialty chemical products but not in Nigeria but says all that is poised to change as they intend to go local fully by next month.
According to him, they are a service company but will start manufacturing next month. “We are looking at a facility that can manufacture up to 100 metric tonnes daily. Presently, we are in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna; we hope to increase and employ more people when we start manufacturing.”
When asked about the challenges he has faced trying to establish a business, Edemi said he doesn’t see challenges, as he believes they create opportunities for growth. He added that they would be exhibiting at the World Technology Water Conference in Dubai and hopes to create exposure for the country. “We want to tell people we are here, that we are doing big things from Nigeria. We aim to broaden our horizons and share experiences,” he concluded.
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