ABU DHABI, UAE (Jan. 16, 2013) – Xylem Inc. will expand its presence in the Middle East region with the opening of a new office in Saudi Arabia in the coming months, as well as up to three additional offices in other key regional markets later this year. The company already has a presence in the UAE and Lebanon. This expansion is to support the company’s growth in the Middle East resulting from the development of its water and wastewater treatment offering to address pressing reuse and desalination challenges. The company is also expanding its dewatering capabilities in the region.
“In the last year, we increased our capabilities in the Middle East so that we can provide what we call integrated treatment solutions,” said Mike Kuchenbrod, president of Xylem’s Water Solutions business. “What this means is that we can help customers achieve optimum wastewater treatment system performance by combining our extensive process knowledge and controls capability with the world-class, biological treatment, filtration and disinfection technologies in our portfolio.”
In addition, as part of its global dewatering expansion, Xylem will present its enhanced offering for the Middle East region during the International Water Summit. “We have expanded our dewatering or water removal capabilities in the region and now offer a rental fleet that includes the two leading drainage pump brands in the world – Flygt and Godwin – together with Xylem services to provide complete dewatering solutions in the Middle East,” said Kuchenbrod. Xylem boasts the world’s largest global dewatering rental fleet of 20,000 products, including diesel-driven, self-priming Godwin pumps and Flygt submersible electric pumps.
Xylem’s commitment to the Middle East region extends to its corporate citizenship and social investment activities as well. Xylem’s signature citizenship program, Xylem Watermark, was created to provide and protect safe water resources in communities around the world. Xylem works with leading international non-profit organizations to provide water through community-based and emergency response projects, and to protect water resources through disaster risk reduction efforts.
Xylem and Mercy Corps, the disaster relief organization and Xylem Watermark partner, have been working in partnership in Jordan to secure a sustainable water supply for Syrian refugees in the Zaatari refugee camp. Through Watermark, Xylem has provided funding and technical expertise to facilitate the construction of a deep well capable of providing a daily supply of clean water for up to 130,000 people in the camp.
Xylem is a global water technology provider, enabling customers to transport, treat, test and efficiently use water in public utility, residential and commercial building services, industrial and agricultural settings. The company does business in more than 150 countries through a number of market-leading product brands, and its people bring broad applications expertise with a strong focus on finding local solutions to the world’s most challenging water and wastewater problems. Xylem is headquartered in White Plains, N.Y., with 2011 revenues of $3.8 billion and 12,500 employees worldwide. In 2012, Xylem was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for advancing sustainable business practices and solutions worldwide.