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Lately Econet Group has written news about exporting, but now it is time to look back to home country. Aalto University’s professor Riku Vahala wrote in Tekniikka & Talous about how Finnish water treatment plants lag in becoming international, and how the need to renovate Finnish water treatment plants will increase.

Innovativeness is limited when everything is fine. Why should a water treatment plant try new techniques or be innovative in acquisitions, if the old methods work and wanted results are gotten?

After a couple of years the situation can be another.

If a water treatment plant has a renovation project on the way, one could be innovative at the same time, and check without doubts water treatments plants abroad and the techniques they use. For instance, would the same membrane technique be suitable for us, too, which is already being used in Europe? Would the technique be better, more inexpensive, or more effective, if it is an established technique somewhere else already?

Finnish water can be treated with other treatment techniques, too, than Finnish techniques.

Our Swedish daughter company Econet Vatten & Miljöteknik shows good example of taking new techniques into use. Econet Vatter & Miljöteknik had a contract, in which the waste water treatment plant’s nitrogen removal was enhanced with Anammox-bacteria. In Finland, the same technique has only been piloted.

To my mind, water field needs more courage and prejudice could be left away.

Good references help in taking the new technique into use, so it is not about buying a pig in a poke. Only courage to try is needed.

Matti Leppäniemi.

The writer is the managing director of Econet Group.

Further information for the media:

Matti Leppäniemi, Econet Ltd., tel.+358 (0)40 553 3001, matti.leppaniemi(a)econetgroup.fi

Econet Group is a water and environment technology service company. The Group includes Econet Ltd, Dewaco Ltd and Oy Slamex Ab. Helsinki-based Econet designs and offers solutions for clean water and environment globally. Laitila-based Dewaco, in turn, is specialised in sludge thickening, dewatering and sludge removal. Lahti-based Slamex designs and manufactures equipment for treatment of water and wastewater. The Group’s turnover amounts to about EUR 22 million.

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