Last year, SafBon Water participated in the bidding for a 50,000m3/day seawater desalination project in Kuryk village, Mangistau Region, Kazakhstan.
On March 13th, Alex Wang, CEO of SafBon Water, along with a technical team of process, electrical and civil engineering from SafBon, visited Aktau City, Kazakhstan, investigated the site of the project and carried out meetings with the local government and consulting company with consensus reached.
As the only company which passed the rigorous review of prequalification, SafBon was formally announced as the successful bidder for the project by the Mangistau Region Government on March 15th 2018. The main process is Dissolved Air Floatation + Nano-ceramic Flat Ultrafiltration Membrane + Two-stage Reverse Osmosis. The project will apply DAF from KWI Austria and CFM from ItN.
With the completion of this project, the current state of limited water supply will be greatly eased, and the economic development of the area and the surrounding towns and cities will be promoted.
On March 1st, the SafBon Chairman, Hilling Chang, visited Peru's capital city Lima for a four-days’ business trip with Alexander who is the international market manager of the SafBon. Two business visits have been made for Ministry Of Housing, Construction and Sanitation, and discussed water conservation planning and cooperation between the two countries over the next 3-5 year. At the same time, the group Chairman has close contacts with the leaders of the large state-owned Chinese state-owned enterprises and partners to develop new projects, such as water supply plants, desalination plants and sewage treatment plants and so on. In the initial stage of the project, technical and technical solutions are provided through technical exchanges and technical solutions, and the technical and technological routes of our group are implanted into these projects to allow the owners to accept us and make us in the predominance of future tenders.
The third stop for Mr. Hilling is Chile's capital Santiago, which is arranged by SWT CEO Chris C. We have carried out extensive contact with the chairman and CEO and others of the board of directors of a local professional water treatment company, and exchanges on projects to be invested by Chile in the next 3-5 years, such as seawater desalination, sewage treatment plants and mineral wastewater treatment plants. Since the company has offices in Chile, Peru and Columbia, a mature network system has been established in market development. How does the SafBon group develop the market and develop together with such partners? This is a challenging topic for management. We need everyone's advice to make our market solid.
A month ago, two water engineering experts from the AYA company of Costa Rico spent a week in SafBon, Shanghai, inspected its sewage treatment plants, sludge drying treatment plants, water plants and other projects. They spoke highly of SafBon’s construction ability, capability and management ability in the large engineering construction project.
How much knowledge you have about South America? Chile is about 4500 kilometers from north to south, and is close to the Pacific Ocean. The distance between the north and the south of Peru is 3254 kilometers, which is also close to the Pacific Ocean. The two countries add up to a magnificent coastline, plus Costa Rica, and hold a panoramic view of a long coastline in South America.
Jan. 2018, SafBon invited several experts of China's papermaking industry to visit its European subsidiaries, including KWI France and KWI Austrian factories. During this visit, they were arranged to visit the paper mill of Kimberly Clark Corporation in NANCY. An MCH 80 type high efficiency air flotation equipment was installed in this factory in 2008. It was developed independently by KWI. As an equipment, which integrating advanced air flotation technologies, has a removal rate of 20-25% higher than that of KWI's competitors and covers only 1/5 of the traditional air floatation devices . This equipment has a processing capacity of 1000m3/h and its SS in effluent is less than 10mg/L. It is mainly used to treat the wastewater, which is called white water, in papermaking process.
The air flotation device has been used in Kimberly Clark, Nancy, France for over 20 years
The owner introduced that the equipment had been running stably with no spare parts damaged or replaced for over 20 years since it was put into operation. The SS in the treated white water can always meet the requirements of the ultra-clear white water standard. And it can be used as spray water in the papermaking process. With this recycle water, it is estimated that 3 to 3.5 tons of clean water will be saved per ton of paper. The air flotation surface sludge layer has a uniform thickness and the sludge concentration reaches 5%.
Kimberly Clark Corporation is a global leader in health care field. It has established plants in 35 countries around the world with an annual production value of US$18 billion. KWI mainly provides air floatation technology for such high-end customers in the paper industry to solve the problems of fiber recycling and wastewater treatment.
Figure 2 KWI core technology of ADR high-efficiency dissolved gas generator
As the inventor of air flotation theory, KWI currently has 12 types of air floatation equipment covering all areas of industrial water treatment. It has more than 70 years of engineering experience in the field of papermaking water treatment, and currently has more than 7,000 engineering cases in the world. The U-type sloping plate air flotation equipment is specifically developed for the paper industry. It is equipped with the latest generation of ADR dissolved gas generators to enable the quality of effluent water to reach the water reuse standard. KWI has established a strategic partnership with Kimberly Clark as a supplier of innovative technologies. Since 1989, the cooperation between the two sides has reached 31 projects.
Through this visiting, everyone has a new understanding of KWI, the air flotation originator. This experience may make the experts recognize what can be called excellent air flotation technology when the air floatation market is mixed and increase their confidence when choosing KWI products in technical design.
Fig. 3 Schematic Diagram of KWI Megacell H High-Efficiency Flotation Equipment
Penglai Hairun Chemical Solid Waste Treatment Co., Ltd. hazardous waste disposal center project, jointly funded by Safbon and Penglai Jiaxin Company with 60% shares held by Safbon.
The project is located in Beigou Town Industrial Park, Penglai. The construction include hazardous waste warehouses, refuse pits and feed systems, rotary kilns and secondary combustion chambers, waste heat boilers, flue gas treatment, sewage treatment and ancillary facilities. Incineration treatment of 9,900 tons/year of hazardous waste, transporting other types of hazardous waste 3,819 tons/year.
At the end of 2017, it received the Reply of Yantai Environmental Protection Bureau on Consenting Penglai Hairun Chemical Solid Waste Treatment Co., Ltd. to carry out the business activities and started the waste collection and transportation. At the end of Dec 2017, finished the preparation work before officially operation; Jan 18, 2018, the burning started.
The successful start-up of this project marks the first performance of Safbon harvested for the first time in the hazardous area after years of hard work. It has gradually established a team that manages all aspects of investment, design, construction and operation, the business has also formed a new profit growth point of Safbon.
Senior executives of the Safbon water service continued their third stop on the New Year's survey, looking at the KWI factory in Klagenfurt, Austria. This is a distinctive subsidiary of the Safbon water service, which mainly produces twelve different types of air floatation device. Founded in 1949, the company has been working on the development and innovation of air floatation technology for nearly 70 years, and has been leading the development of the world air floatation technology. As the inventor and originator of the gas flotation technology, KWI has been able to achieve the ultimate in the traditional air flotation technology in the past 70 years, and can distribute the bubbles of 1 micron evenly in the water, which can serve as the purpose of solid-liquid separation. For example, the current domestic popular shallow air flotation, slanted board air flotation and deep air flotation are the first of KWI. The company is known as the Rolls-Royce in the air flotation device.
ADR Dissolved Air Reactor, The Third Generation of Dissolved Gas Technology
(Which Can Reach 100% Gas Dissolved Saturation in A Very Short Time)
Located in southern Austria, Klagenfurt is a typical border city about 60 kilometers from Italy and 30 kilometers from Slovenia. As Klagenford takes control of several important passes in the Alps, history was filled with soldiers, such as Napoleon's French army. Klagenford is a city surrounded by mountains and rivers, and the famous Worthersee lake has added inspiration to the ancient city. The Baroque and Renaissance architecture allowed Klagenford to continue to attract visitors from all over the world.
The picture shows the KWI Austrian factory.
The KWI factory was built along the river. A group of technical experts in the innovation and development of air floatation technology are gathered here. They only do one thing in their life, and they have achieved the status and height that no one can surpass in the technical field.
The KWI Technical Experts
Another feature of the KWI factory is the generation of factory workers. They handed the craft down from generation to generation. Such handicraft, craftsmanship cannot be duplicated. Under the guidance of such enterprise spirit, the spirit of craftsman needs to be studied and analyzed deeply.
The Chairman of Safbon with The KWI Staff
The survey was the first in-depth investigation since KWI was acquired by Safbon water service. Our team building, brand positioning, marketing strategy, business model and new product development and innovation technology have been discussed and deployed. Such communication and exchanges will bring new impetus and opportunities to the enterprise development in the future, at the same time, it pointed out the direction. We are delighted to see a new generation KWI management is ripe, and full of vitality and creativity.
KWI New Generation Managers are Developing the Corporate Strategies.
The 19th congress of the communist party of CPC was held successfully, indicating that the strategic policy is to adjust the rapid development of the economy to high quality development. We have introduced the high-end brand of KWI to the Chinese market, which is undoubtedly a demonstration of the new era features, which will effectively promote the benign development of our environmental protection equipment manufacturing industry. Environmental protection equipment manufacturing is the root of our environmental protection and is the cornerstone of China's environmental protection industry. Under the conditions of increasing environmental protection, the virtuous cycle of environmental protection has begun.The company has already started to ask the high quality and high technology content of environmental protection products in the aspect of environmental protection. We believe that this is an opportunity and a challenge for Safbon water service.
One of The Flotation Quality Indicators is Whether the Surface of The Air Floatation is Smooth.
The second destination of the New Year research team, led by Mr.Hilling Chang, chairman of Safbon Water, came to Saarbrucken, an ancient city on the banks of the Saar River in south-western Germany. Here they visited the SafBon subsidiary, ItN Nanovation AG, who is specialized in CFM (Ceramic Flat Membrane) technology.
Saarbrucken is a rare mid-range border city which is located on the Saar River in southwestern Germany. It is bordering France and only an hour's drive to Luxembourg. ItN company only one kilometer from the French border. Here you can enjoy the French cuisine, and appreciate the Gothic architecture. Historically, here is not only the battleground of the military, but also the coal, steel town. Thus, during the Second World War, this city was suffered heavily.
Karl Marx's Former Residence
During the journey, the group also visited Trier, where is the hometown of the great the communist Karl Marx. Trier is one of the oldest cities in Germany and was famous since Roman Empire period. It has a history of more than 2,000 years and breeds many historical celebrities. 2018 is the anniversary of Marx’s 200th birthday, his former residence will be renovated and permanently opened to the public.
A Working Meeting the Research Group Attended with the ItN International Technician
The research team first listened to the reports from teams in the Middle East, South Africa, Europe and North Africa and found that ItN's visibility and brand influence continued to increase through last year's marketing. As an innovative technology, the ItN nano-flat ceramic film (CFM) has been ranked as the first peer in the industry by the international authority, GWI. ItN will continue to invest more in R & D this year, in collaboration with the ItN team in China, work more closely in order to make progress in MBR, ultrafiltration, seawater desalination, WTP, HTF products and industrial wastewater treatment to meet market needs in various countries around the world. For example, the cooperation with the ItN team in China will contributes greatly in solving the problems that China is faced, including heavy metals pollution, nuclear radioactive elements pollution at some area, and the substandard water discharging in water treatment plants (WTPs) and wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). Nowadays, a virtuous circle that started to emerge in China when the process upgrading is required in the most WTPs and WWTPs and the new supervision of environmental protection in papermaking, steel and electric power industries is continuously increasing. Under such environment-oriented situation, some well-profited companies start to take the initiative to carry out environmental management. We believe that ItN's ceramic membrane has entered a new era and will play an important role in the next five-year plan of Safbon Group.
The MBBR Container
Before the research team leaving ItN, the General Manager Mr. Koch was delighted to tell them that a large ItN container was just transported from the factory on the same day. The container was transported though Eurasian railway and would arrive SafBon, Shanghai within ten days. This container is loaded with years of MBBR technology R & D results from ItN. As a major product from SafBon R & D technical team, this device will be installed in Liantang wastewater treatment plant in Qingpu district. Based on the research and development of ceramic membrane bioreactor (MBBR), we believe that the installation of this advanced technology in Shanghai will effectively push China to make new breakthroughs in wastewater treatment plant upgrading.
Hilling Chang with ItN Group
During the investigation, Chairman Zhang Chunlin learned that there have been two Chinese students who have worked for ItN German companies, and are particularly pleased. Baan Water's overseas subsidiary will become a training base for international students so that the meaning of overseas mergers and acquisitions began to gradually come to light. A platform and a group of talented people, which is in line with the plan of cultivating 100 leaders of young talents at the beginning of last year put forward by Bawan Water. Baan Water's globalization plan, starting from this year will enter the crucial stage, we wait and see Pemba Water mergers and acquisitions of six half-Western high-tech companies will bring to the parent company what kind of far-reaching impact.
At the very begging of 2018, Mr. Hilling Chang, the chairman of Safbon and his team visit the beautiful small town Chambery on the foot of the Alps where KWI France, subsidiary of Safbon located, surrounding by hills and besides the largest natural freshwater lake Le Bourget. After being briefed on the market layout, technology positioning, talent strategy topic speeches made by French colleagues, Mr. Hilling Chang offered his remarkable new year speech on the internationalization strategy and and market layout of Safbon group also the opportunities and challenges we are facing.
Hilling Change with the KWI French Group
In this visit, we helped French colleagues to clarify their work concept and content. We also made them realize that SafBon will not over-controll their oversea team which may make them facing an under-developed adverse conditions. SafBon have already achieved the agreements with KWI General Manager Denis after we acquired the KWI flotation technology company of France. It’s important for us to face the future and give full play to our mature DAF technology advantages to open up the markets in North Africa and Eastern Europe and reach our common goal. This inspiring development of market potential will stimulate the enthusiasm of all employees in KWI France. By taking the advantages of the strong technical engineering team in the other SafBon subsidiaries, such as ITN, Germany Ceramic Membrane Company and SWT, American, and the strong influence of SafBon headquarters, etc., we have faith that KWI France company will create a greater success in 2018.
KWI Staff and the Device
During the visiting, KWI led SafBon headquarters team to a wastewater treatment plant of GALDERMA, a famous pharmaceutical giant. This is an EPC turnkey project which designed, constructed and commissioned by KWI France team. Denis, the general manager of KWI France, is quite proud of this project. It took only six months from starting to complete. Besides, it achieves the ultimate not only in ventilation and deodorization, sludge treatment, human-machine automatic control screen, but also in floor and outdoor temperature cooling devices. They used their core technology, DAF, as the core of the process, extending to engineering design and project general contracting. This is the successful business model belongs to KWI French company! And it is also a valuable technical service and extension. Denis told chairman Hilling Chang, they made quite huge profits with it! This model has been promoted to the abattoir, food, beverage and printing and dyeing, electroplating and cosmetics and other fields of wastewater treatment. As a small and nice core technology + service combination, this model is of great commercial significance! The chairman is highly admired to Denis, who has excellence entrepreneurial spirit and French craftsmanship. These spirits is worth to be promoted to SafBon headquarters, Shanghai. It can contributes greatly to establishing a superior management system in SafBon headquarters and improving the general company image. The wastewater treatment project in Chambéry region has become the Galderma Group's best case in the world!
DAF in the Wastewater Treatment Plant of GALDERMA
New year, new orders, new hope, all for SafBon group!
We believe that the international advanced technology of KWI, coupled with the cost control advantages of manufacturing equipment in China, will create a greater brilliance with the SafBon headquarters, Shanghai!
In order to strengthen the company's management of project construction and installation, a learning-exchange meeting was held in Tai’an on December 26, 2017. Wang Xian, the general manager of SafBon attended the meeting with the relevant leaders and project managers.
It is known that the current macroeconomic has entered a new normal and the contradiction between revenue and expenditure has become obvious. Also, the social capital is difficult to enter the public domain. In order to against this background, the PPP project of ecological protection and comprehensive utilization of Tai’an Wen River Wetland is a win-win model of cooperation between government and social capital, jointly explored by Tai'an Cu Lai Mountain Wen River Scenic Area Management Committee and SafBon. The total investment by SafBon for this project is 1.28 billion. The main construction projects include river dredging, riverbank berm, ecological restoration, wetland park attractions and auxiliary facilities in the park. Giving this project to SafBon shows the trust and support from Tai’an city government! At the foot of the towering Mount Tai and next to the hometown of Confucius, building such a project that will benefit the people and the natural environment will have immeasurable value in upgrading the technical and management level of SafBon.
The meeting required the construction and installation project meetings to be institutionalized and standardized, and urged the project manager to come up with self-criticism, self-expression, self-innovation and self-improvement work style. The meeting also urged the project manager to learn advanced experience in order to make up for their shortcomings in work.
The general manager emphasized that each project should grasp eight aspects: the construction progress, the construction quality, the civilized construction measures, the construction safety, the construction data, the construction unit management, the receivables and the communication with the company. We should continuously improve our management level, show the company's ability and improve the company's reputation, credibility and social influence through the achievements of construction and installation management. The success of this meeting indicates that there will be great progress in the management of construction and installation. The future of SafBon deserves our expectation.
On December 15, 2017, Mr. Hilling, the chairman of SafBon was invited to attend the 4th new sludge dewatering technology innovation seminar in Dezhou. During the meeting, he introduced the SafBon subsidiary KWI and its DAF (Dissolved Air Flotation) products to the experts, and emphasized one of them was already put into pilot testing in a domestic project. In the pilot test, the device was proved has excellent performances in sludge thickening. This result successfully aroused the enthusiastic attention of the participants.
Hilling Chang，the Chairman of SafBon
The technology was applied before the dehydration process, thus the operating load of the dehydrator can be reduced. Currently, the common limitation in sludge thickening process are the time-consuming, the large agent consumption, the low sludge concentration, the large footprint and the poor efficiency. For these problems, SafBon provides a series of integrated solutions for various conditions. The KWI DAF has following advantages:
1.The total footprint is 90% smaller than the traditional thickener;
2.sludge concentration is increased to 5~6%;
3.The agent consumption is reduced by 30%~50% compared with the traditional processes (In some occasion, there is no agent dosing requirement);
4.The retention time: 10~20 minutes normally
5.Low investment, simple operation etc.
The conference delegates believes that SafBon will be recognized and rewarded by the market if SafBon could always put customer first, and adhered to the path of technology priority, sticking to R&D as well as the talent strategy in product development and technological innovation.
The Dezhou Annual Meeting Venue
On December 12, 2017, SafBon Water Service(Holding)Inc. held the operation summary and planning conference in Yuncheng, Shandong Province. Wang Xian, the CEO of SafBon, attended the conference, meeting the SafBon project managers from all over the country.
Yuncheng, Tianyuan sewage treatment plant is the first BOT (build-operate-transfer) project of our company, which is a breakthrough from 0 to 1. Thus, this conference was chosen to hold in Yuncheng, and encourages employees to achieve more impressive success.
Recently, SafBon accelerates the pace of mergers and acquisitions in the water sector, and gradually to scale, group development. With the attendant problems of production and operation management, the operation enterprises in various places can’t communicate effectively with the management of the enterprises in time. So how to standardize, normalize and elaborate the management of enterprises' production and operation, and how to reduce operation cost and increase economic benefits, which gradually become stumbling block of restricting the rapid development of the company, improving the competitive advantage and consolidating the status of industry. ‘Communication is productivity’. The leaders of the company take a long look at the importance of communication work, and emphasize the importance of effective communication methods to improve work efficiency and effectiveness.
In the future work, we really need to constantly master and apply effective communication methods, to create work motivation and stimulate potential for work, so that our operational strategic goals can be achieved at an early date.
The conference has combed the operation process and determined equipment maintenance system, also mentioned ‘four all’，‘all is assigned to the specially-assigned person, all have rules to follow, all is well documented, all is supervised’，into the archives management work.
The executive manager stressed that we should be law-abiding and safe. What we are doing is a great event of spring breeze. To govern pollution and protect the environment, we should actively participate with a strong sense of social responsibility.
The unstable wastewater treatment processes and the consequent substandard effluent discharge are the long-term problems in coal mining industry. Since the stricter environmental policies are issued, the treated mine water is required to meet the requirement of Environmental Quality Standards for Surface Water (GB3838-2002).
SafBon has accumulated rich experiences in coal mine water treatment for many years. Now, SafBon introduces the world's advanced ItN nano-plate ceramic ultrafiltration membrane (CFM) technology into the existing mature pretreatment technologies, and applies them in the mine water treatment process upgrading and reconstruction projects. The CFM technology is mainly used for reducing COD, NH3-N and other heavy metal ions by removing the suspended solids (SS) and colloid in mine water. can be reduced. In results, the effluent can stability meet the requirements of water quality Class III according to China’s Environmental quality standards for surface water.
The Integrated System of ItN CFM application in Mine Water Treatment
The excellent performances of ItN CFM in mine water treatment has attracted great attention from the experts of environmental protection bureau, design institute and university institute. The expert seminar of integrated equipment project for coal mine water treatment process renovations, which is organized by the county environmental protection bureau of Shanxi, is held in August 11, 2017. In the seminar, dozens of environmental experts and leaders, who are from Shanxi provincial environmental protection department, Shanxi Luliang environmental protection department, Tongji University, Taiyuan municipal design institute, etc., agreed that the integrated CFM device had the various advantages, including high membrane flux, high effluent quality, high integration level, convenient operation, easy operation and maintenance, low costs and long service life. The experts also pointed out that the integrated CFM treatment device is a potential membrane treatment process and of great significance to improve the water quality of the treated coal mine water in the industry.
The Expert Seminar, Linxian, Shanxi Province（August 11th, 2017）
So far, the ItN CFM has been successfully applied in 8 mine water treatment projects, and the total treatment capability reaches 12000m3/d. The ItN CFM technology solves the long-term problems of mine water treatment in coal mining enterprises, and is widely praised in the industry!
A holding subsidiary of SafBon - ItN Nanovation AG of Germany participated in the Aqatech water exhibition in Amsterdam, Netherlands, October 31 to November 3, 2017. The Aquatech water exhibition, held in two years, is one of the three oldest water shows in Europe and has a significant influence in the field of water treatment industry and the global environmental protection.
The nano coated flat sheet ceramic ultrafiltration membrane, the German ItN Nanovation AG displayed, is the world's leading technology advantage. Mr. Christian Koch, CEO of the company, personally led a global marketing team. During the four days of the exhibition, ItN exhibition stand has always been a constant stream of visitors. The peers and experts showed great interest to the excellent properties and successful application of ItN nano flat sheet ceramic membrane, giving extremely high opinion, and it is believed that it has a pioneering application value and promotion significance for the membrane technology market of future water treatment. The GWI water intelligence agency ranks ItN as the world’s NO.1 ceramic ultrafiltration membrane.
The ItN flat ceramic membrane has the most advanced nano-coating technology with excellent hydrophilicity and anti-pollution in the world. Membrane flux, service life, acid and alkali resistance, oxidation resistance, running energy consumption, land area and civil investment have obvious advantages over polymer membrane. ItN ceramic membranes is suitable for the municipal tap water, sewage and industrial wastewater treatment and other fields, especially in the field of waste water treatment and reuse projects including complex pollutants, water quality fluctuation, high temperature and oily waste water.
Many visiting customers have been exposed to flat ceramic products for the first time, which is attracted by its excellent performance and 25 years of service life. When they see large drinking water in the Middle East (project size: 150000 tons/day) and maintenance costs free for seven years, as the RO pretreatment for 100000 tons/day desalination project in China and groundwater arsenic removal in Iran, mine water treatment in South Africa, the kingdom of groundwater containing radioactive material removal, they were deeply shocked again and hope to understand more application fields of ItN products. Other visitors are called for consultation to discuss the design conditions and application fields of ItN ceramic membrane in detail, hoping for further in-depth cooperation. Most impressively, one customer visited the ItN exhibition stand three times in four days to exchange and consult. He also recommended that his fellow friends come to discuss business, and highly appreciated ItN ceramic membrane products and application technologies.
ItN nano flat ceramic membranes in addition to superior performance, another refreshing features are beautiful and exquisite workmanship, fully demonstrated the quality of the made in Germany, to visit fellow communication experts called industrial art.
The membrane industry is becoming the dominant global water treatment market and has been used as a conventional technology in solving problems related to water resources, energy, environment and traditional industries. ItN nano flat ceramic ultrafiltration membrane depended on its high flux, long life, and the unique advantages of the stain resistance, as the appearance in the large global water exhibition and the enhancement of awareness, with the help of parent company SafBon strategic guidance and support, will become one of the most shining pearl in the future membrane technology market.