Hartlepool firm benefits from third world growth

Bill Abbott from Hartlepool firm Hydrochem.
Bill Abbott from Hartlepool firm Hydrochem.

A waste treatment company is predicting a growth in business as demand grows in developing nations.

Hydrochem, on the Graythorp Industrial Estate in Hartlepool, is hoping to benefit from growing demand for waste treatment systems, especially in developing economies where contamination and increasing awareness about the importance of clean drinking water is evident.

Villages are turning into towns, they are getting medical centres, schools, and a safe water supply is vital for that. Water is the primary source of expansion

Bill Abbott, managing director of Hydrochem

Managing director Bill Abott worked in the Middle East and across Asia before returning to the UK to set up Hydrochem in 1987.

He said: “Places like India and China have massive manufacturing bases for water treatment plants and equipment.

“The quality is good now, they are using the Western technology but equipment which is made locally.

“This has been a long time coming, but they have caught up and in many ways surpassed it.

“For so many years, they have relied on old fashioned ways, drinking water from rivers and wells.

“But as infrastructures are improving, the safety of the water supply is vitally important.

“Villages are turning into towns, they are getting medical centres, schools, and a safe water supply is vital for that. Water is the primary source of expansion.”

Hydrochem has recently expanded its workforce by taking on a team of new engineers.