Global water tech firm Hydro Industries announces exciting new collaboration with Swansea University’s School of Management

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One of Wales’s fastest growing businesses has announced an exciting new research collaboration with Swansea University.

Water technology company Hydro Industries is based in south-west Wales and is rapidly establishing itself as a world leader in water treatment solutions. It prides itself in developing cutting edge systems to solve the pressing problems associated with water pollution and water scarcity worldwide.

The Llangennech-based business, which has clients including Ford, Shell, T&T Salvage and Harsco, announced its research partnership with Swansea University’s School of Management at the annual UK Science Park Association (UKSPA) event held at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea this week.

Professor Marc Clement and Wayne PreeceWayne Preece, Chief Executive of Hydro Industries, told UKSPA delegates that the partnership will focus on finding innovative solutions to global water challenges through collaborative research and development.

He said: “We are very excited to be working with one of the UK’s top universities. This is our first partnership with academia and we are looking forward to working with Swansea University to help our region become a world leader in water innovation, research and its commercialisation.”

Mr Preece added: “Hydro’s knowledge and expertise is founded on many years of experience in the water and environmental industries. We are now taking a bold new step to ensure we can keep on innovating and developing as a business. While our core business is based around the industrial waste water market, we are also passionate about using our ground breaking technology to provide clean and safe drinking water to those who desperately need it around the globe.”

Approximately 700 million people worldwide do not have access to clean drinking water. Hydro Industries has worked in some of the world’s most challenging environments such as Sudan, Somalia and regions of India to provide clean water to those who need it most.

Professor Marc Clement, Dean of the School of Management at Swansea University, has praised the humanitarian aspect of Hydro Industries work.

Professor Clement said: “Hydro is a wonderful example of Welsh innovation and commercial success working together to help those most in need around the world.

“With population growth, climate change and industrial pollution threatening the quality and quantity of water available for human use, we are committed to working with this global water tech leader to achieve a safe, secure water supply.

“In this day and age, access to clean water should not be considered a luxury.

“The School of Management is committed to driving research, innovation and entrepreneurship through these kinds of industry partnerships and we look forward to creating a solid foundation of water research and development with Hydro in the Swansea Bay City Region.”

The School of Management ranks in the top 10 UK business schools for Research Impact and was a key part of developing and securing the £1.3billion Swansea Bay City region City Deal.

Professor Marc Clement welcomed UKSPA delegates to Swansea University during the two-day conference of the UK Science Park Association (UKSPA) on Thursday and Friday, January 25th & 26th.

Professor Clement talked about the progress of the 11 projects which make up the City Deal with Carmarthenshire Council chief executive Mark James. Professor Clement said: “The City Deal has kick-started a new profile and momentum for this region, encouraging many new global partnerships such as our new collaboration with Hydro Industries.

“This region is establishing itself as a leader in innovation, testing new concepts and then being able to commercialise them for a global market.

“We have started work on the School of Management’s Centre for Regional Innovation at the Civic Centre which will allow us to grow our academic excellence outside of the Bay Campus - right in the heart of the city centre and puts us close to Swansea Council’s digital district and digital indoor arena.

“And further west, the Llanelli Wellness & Life Science Village project in Carmarthenshire is also taking shape with public engagement taking place and dialogue with potential project partners.”