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India,Japan : PANASONIC and TATA join hands to create a water purifier

September 1, 2014

Japan'sPanasonic will develop a water purification system with India'sTata Group, tapping into a fast-growing market in Asia.

The electronics giant developed a prototype of a device that will detoxify harmful substances in groundwater, which makes it safe to drink water.

The system is compact enough be carried in a small truck, has been designed to serve small rural communities in India where water-supply infrastructure is underdeveloped.

The prototype produces 3 tonnes of drinking water per day, which is enough to supply 20 households of average size.

Panasonic regards water purification technology as a pillar of its new operations, and Tata will work to lower the cost to less than 100 yen (RM3.03) per tonne of water.

Tata will be offering its expertise and business networks in re-examining design and procuring materials locally.

The 2 partners are aiming to commercialise the system. The value of water related businesses in Asia and Oceania is projected to reach US $90 billion (RM283.68 billion) in 2020.

80% of the demand will be related to water supply and sewage treatment as rapid population growth and industrialisation in India, China and other emerging economies are causing severe shortages of drinking water in the region.

Japanese water treatment firm Metawater has been entrusted with the task of updating facilities for Cambodia'sPhnom Penh Water Supply Authority.

Japanese shipbuilder Hitachi Zosen is developing low-cost sewage treatment systems for municipalities, using a technology that breaks down nitrogen with microbes.

While European and US companies like Veolia Environment, Suez Environment and General Electric are leaders in the business of building and managing water plants, Japanese players are working to strengthen their presence in Asia.

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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