Archroma inaugurated sustainable Water Treatment Facility in Pakistan
Archroma, a global leader in specialty chemicals and colour, opened on December 13, 2013 its first sustainable effluent treatment (SET) facility for a textile operational site in Jamshoro, Pakistan
The total investment amounts to PKR 371 million. The facility not only supports the substantial recovery of 80 % of water, but allows in addition effluent treatment based on zero liquid discharge, fulfilling Pakistan’s very stringent NEQS National Environmental Quality Standards requirements.
The operational SET plant is spread over an area of 25 acres, consisting of flocculation, equalisation, surface aeration, clarification, ultra filtration and reverse osmosis to yield colourless water with a COD Chemical Oxygen Demand and TDS Total Dissolvable Solids of less than 75 ppm.
Alexander Wessels, Archroma Group’s CEO declared: “At Archroma, we take water scarcity very seriously. Therefore, we are constantly exploring new and environmentally compatible solutions. As a chemical company, committed to innovation and performance, together with sustainability, we put a lot of time and engagement in developing chemical solutions that help our customers to use less water”.
Mujtaba Rahim, CEO of Archroma in Pakistan, added: “In 2010 we decided to make the significant investment in the Jamshoro site, with the aim of setting new standards, not only in quantity, but also in the quality of the recovered water. The data from the SGS testing report is indicative of Archroma’s commitment towards sustainable operational excellence”.
The Jamshoro site is one of the biggest textile chemical sites within the group. It produces dyes, chemicals, emulsions and pigment dispersions for the textile, leather, paper, and coating industries.
Archroma Pakistan Ltd (formerly Clariant Pakistan Ltd) was incorporated in 1996 as a result of the demerger of the chemical division of former Sandoz (Pakistan) Ltd and is listed on the Karachi Stock Exchange. It has manufacturing facilities in Jamshoro, Karachi and Lahore. Besides manufacturing, the company also acts as indenting agents of the parent company and affiliates. Archroma Pakistan has been honoured for the 10th year running and was recently awarded the prestigious Top 25 Companies Award in 2010 by the KSE Karachi Stock Exchange. Archroma’s factories in Pakistan all comply with ISO 9002 Quality Management System, ISO 14001 Environment Management System and OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health Safety Assessment System standards, thus guaranteeing our customers internationally established standards of quality of products and business processes, and of environmental protection.