Local water firm to penetrate Malaysia, Thailand in 2015

By Roderick L. Abad, BusinessMirror

Posted at Sep 03 2014 07:58 AM | Updated as of Sep 03 2014 03:58 PM

MANILA - Homegrown Fuelco Ventures Inc. (VFI) is entering the Malaysian and Thai markets next year for the export of its latest hydrotreatment technologies under the brand Trident Water Systems.

VFI Vice President Bailey D. Guerrero told the BusinessMirror on Tuesday they are selling their patented water-treatment machines in these Southeast Asian countries because they are flood-prone and disaster-prone like the Philippines.

“We’ve already established sales partnerships with companies in Thailand and Malaysia.

So I’m hoping that by mid-2015, we can start selling it abroad,” he said.

The executive, who is also the inventor of the machines, revealed they will begin manufacturing the whole line in the first quarter of next year at their ISO-certified facility in Santo Tomas, Batangas, in time for delivery by the middle part of 2015.

“Because the partnership is for sales and distribution, we will manufacture here, then will export our produce to them to sell and eventually service the units,” Guerrero said.

VFI first developed the T1 Basic water-treatment system in 2009. After which, it came up with an upgraded version called the T1 Advance+ that was patented in 2010 and sold in 2012, according to documents Guerrero provided.

He added his products were used in Eastern Samar and Tacloban to produce potable water for around 2,000 families affected by Supertyphoon Yolanda last year.

The T1 Advance+was designed to be a mobile water-treatment system capable of working in remote and challenging environments producing potable water from multiple sources, including tap water, deep well, rivers, lakes, floodwater, brackish waters and seawater, Guerrero said.

Documents he provided said it can be powered by a two high-powered generator sets. This technology can produce 1,000 liters an hour from a deep well source. There is a 25-percent reduction if the source is a river or lake, and 40 percent less if sourced from floodwater, the documents said.

Another variant of his product features proprietary pretreatment technology that can be found in the former, plus it allows the reverse osmosis technology to work longer and making maintenance procedures few and far between.

The base unit can produce 500 liters an hour from saltwater directly from the sea, Guerrero claims. A smaller unit can produce 100 liters per hour.

All these water treatment equipment have been thoroughly tested and accredited by the Department of Health and proven to produce safe drinking water, Guerrero claims.

While initially designed for disaster-relief and military activities, Guerrero said they have sold to local government units (LGUs), government-owned and -controlled corporations and mining companies as end-users.

He claims to have sold products to the LGUs of Leyte, Tacloban, Eastern Samar, Bohol and Pasig. He added five mining firms and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office use his product for community outreach projects.

Guerrero also claims to have received orders for units for island-wide water-treatment system development projects in three undisclosed islands in the Visayas region in the next two to three months.

He added they also have pending projects with beach resorts.

“Water is a primary need. I feel that it’s a business that will grow,” he added.