Gold Coast-based pipe repair company, Nuflow Technologies, has continued its expansion into Asia, with offices now established in Hong Kong, India, Thailand and Singapore.
Through the expansion the company aims to ensure a safe and viable supply of water for communities in each of these markets, where serious issues with existing pipes and drainage have been identified, according to Nuflow director Ed Ahern.
“Asia is our closest neighbour, so it made sense to focus on establishing a market there as we unrolled our strategy for international expansion,” Ahern says.
“But in my view, there is a real need to address concerns with the systems that have been put in place there, and we are working with local authorities and companies in each targeted country to work on solutions to the problems that have arisen.”
In Hong Kong, Nuflow is conducting trials using its patented pipe-lining systems to prevent lead from entering copper pipes after it was revealed dangerous levels of the poison had tainted drinking water at housing estates in Kowloon City last year.
“We have adapted our product and developed a process to eliminate lead deposits that were found to have contaminated the copper piping in a high percentage of the units in the city, and after successful trials last year we are currently in the process of obtaining approval to carry out this major project in the next six months,” Ahern says.
Nuflow has already made inroads in the immense Indian market, where the company has worked with local contractors over four years to correct pipe corrosion that was causing discolouration to local water supply, rendering it unfit for drinking.
The company is also working with Thai authorities to line water mains and fix leakages in Bangkok’s central supply system, while in Singapore, trials will be conducted in 2016 to address corrosion in drainage work in high-rise buildings in the populous city.