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Local division of Newterra produces steel tank components for “plug & play” water treatment
For Newterra Ltd., the key to selling innovative products is to think inside the box.
The Brockville, Ont.-based company makes sewage treatment systems for remote locations. Its products combine advanced filtering technology with a modular approach that packages its equipment inside standard shipping containers. The containers – essentially giant steel boxes – can be easily shipped just about anywhere, and the capacity of a system can be increased merely by adding more units. That is hugely appealing to mining or oil and gas firms that need to process sewage at remote camps in the Canadian North, Africa, South America, or anywhere around the world.
“They ship in modules and literally assemble them on site in the middle of jungles and on the side of mountains,” said David Henderson, managing director of Toronto venture capital firm XPV Capital Corp., which invests money in companies that are developing leading-edge water technologies – including the privately held Newterra. “The very cool thing is that they assemble like Lego blocks.”
… Indeed, Newterra takes an unusual approach in today’s world of outsourcing, in that it controls its entire supply chain, from the membrane maker to its Georgia division that builds its steel tanks and components, to its manufacturing operations in Brockville. At the same time its on-the-ground service and support people gather client feedback that helps it adjust systems to closely match customers’ requirements…
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