International Delegation Takes Siltbuster into New Markets
Siltbuster has hosted a special training course for an international delegation of 20 Hoelscher Wasserbau engineers, from six countries, spanning three continents. The course, covering the water pollution risks on construction sites and the ways to address them, was delivered as part of Siltbuster’s overseas expansion plans.
Following its success, Siltbuster is now working with the company to jointly launch the Siltbuster brand in key international markets including Germany, Canada, Denmark and Holland, where Hoelscher Wasserbau offers the construction industry a wide range of services in the areas of dewatering, groundwater control, well drilling and enviro-engineering.
Dr Richard Coulton, CEO, Siltbuster elaborates: “Training has been a crucial part of our growth here in the UK. Over the years over 5,000 site managers and workers from the construction industry have attended our CPD accredited courses. We’ve found that nothing beats showing people the many ways that water pollution can arise during construction and then demonstrating how our systems help tackle the problem. So, when looking to build our export markets, it made sense to extend our training programme to our international partners. Especially as we now have a purpose-built training and demonstration facility at our head office in Monmouth which is gaining an international reputation as a centre of excellence.”
Specifically tailored to the requirements of Hoelscher Wasserbau, the two-day course, delivered by Siltbuster’s Principal Environmental Scientist, Jonathan Goldsmith, covered the potential for waterborne pollution from construction activity, its environmental impact and the role Siltbuster products and solutions play in preventing it. The attendees also had the opportunity to put the theory from the classroom into real world practice by undertaking both a series of dosing trials on a range of different water samples and operating Siltbuster’s water treatment equipment.
Commenting on the course, Senior International Consultant of Hoelscher Wasserbau, Jaap Berendsen said “The combination of practical onsite training and theoretical background exceeded our expectations.”
Following on from the delegation, Siltbuster is now more formally working with Hoelscher Wasserbau to build its export business, with over a dozen systems already being shipped out to mainland Europe, the Middle East and North America.
Dr Richard Coulton concludes: “We have been steadily building our relationship with Hoelscher Wasserbau over the last few years with one-off projects in Denmark, Qatar and Canada. Based on the success of these, and thanks to the knowledge transferred during the special course, we are now perfectly placed to move the relationship up a gear and really drive our business forwards internationally.”
Siltbuster also has partners in Australia, New Zealand and Sweden, and recently supplied water treatment units for the new €23billion metro system – the Grand Paris Express. Overall Siltbuster equipment has been used in over 35 countries.