A Wales company which is a leader in water treatment technologies has landed a deal which will see its unique technology used at more than 140 steel-producing sites across the globe.
The joint agreement between Llanelli-based Hydro Industries and Harsco Corporation will enable both companies to bring much-needed environmental and recycling solutions to the steel and metals industries particularly in the treatment and processing of oily mill scale, an iron oxide by-product formed during the production of steel.
During production, the mill scale becomes contaminated with oil and lubricants, significantly limiting its ability to be recycled back into the production of new steel. This results in higher raw material and disposal costs for the steel producer. A typical steel mill is estimated to produce from 100 to as many as 750 tons of oily mill scale per day.
Wayne Preece, CEO of Hydro Industries, said: "I am delighted that we have been able to sign a collaboration agreement with the world’s largest provider of onsite material processing and environmental services in the steel and metals industries.
"I know that our innovative technology will help Harsco to further improve their service to their customers. Harsco’s global reach and new processing concept will offer the industry an irresistible practical solution to their waste processing issues that combines a commercial return with a positive approach to environmental impact."
The secretary of state for Wales, the right honourable Alun Cairns MP, added: "This joint agreement shows once again that the businesses in Wales are thinking big and expanding their global reach.
"Hydro is a company that has always set its sights high and this relationship with Harsco - a major global leader - demonstrates the scale of their ambition. It's fantastic news for Hydro and for Wales and I wish the project every success."