Amsterdam hosts a world of water

By David Sear & Mark Casey

The start of November saw water professionals from around the world congregate at the Aquatech trade show in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Water experts and utility managers further benefitted from a range of extra events at the International Water Week, such as presentations, plazas and site visits.

Held from 1-4 November 2011, the exhibition hosted some 850 water technology companies from 40 countries.

Valve World sent a camera crew to the show to see how flow control equipment is being used in this sector.

Silent check valves

An eye-catcher at the Castflow booth was a blue cut-away model: a newly developed silent check valve, according to Sales Manager Kurt Hilegems. He added that it offers good performance when low water hammer is required, and says that ideal markets include large water plants.

Putting control valves first

With over 60 years’ experience in the design, manufacturing and application of control valves, OCV’s focus is to provide the best control valves with the finest customer service, says VP Sales Charles Whisenhunt.

Building bridges with Iran

The show had some very interesting visitors. For example, we bumped into Mr Shahram Samandijan who is determined to help build bridges between entrepreneurs in Europe and the Middle East.

Bluetooth communications

The benefits of using Bluetooth to communicate with actuators provides real advantages for users, argues AUMA Benelux’s Mr Theo Bervoets.

New applications for valves?

Another interesting gentleman we happened to bump into was Hans van Klink, Director Project Development at DSD. He explained more about the innovative Betaprocess, which can significantly increase the yield of bio-gas facilities. Now, where there’s process equipment, there are opportunities for selling flow control items, right?

Balancing quality and price

Sadly we didn’t have time to video Fluidex – the Spanish Association of Fluid Handling Equipment Exporters – who had a major presence at the Aquatech. But there was time to quickly speak to Elena Fernandez who said that Fluidex members have a long history in the water markets and are strong partners in water treatment, irrigation and desalination. She also added that Spanish manufacturers offer an ideal balance between product quality and price.

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