Veolia develops its first ion exchange regeneration facility in China

Veolia Water Technologies is redeveloping a brownfield site in Changshu, China for its first ion exchange regeneration facility in the country.

The plant will be part of the company's service deionization and mobile water treatment ecosystems and will improve supply chain resilience, regenerating and recycling the resins used in water treatment processes for industries including microelectronics, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, power and food and beverage.

Veolia’s €10 million investment highlights the company’s commitment to advancing the capabilities of its mobile fleet in the Asia Pacific region.

Strategically located in the densely populated Changshu industrial zone, the 6,000 sq m facility will function as an operation and maintenance center for all associated assets. The Changshu regeneration facility, which will have a production capacity of 60 kL/d for mobile water services and 5 kL/d for service deionization, is expected to be operational by the second quarter of 2024.

The plant will incorporate water recycling systems that reduce city water consumption by up to 60%, preserving water for residents. Plans for a photovoltaic power supply and efficient transformers are in progress, and the facility will adopt state-of-the-art technology to efficiently recycle spent ion exchange resins, promoting resource optimization and sustainability.

The new plant is part of China’s 14th Five-Year Plan (2021–2025), which aims to develop a circular economy and resource recycling. It will complement Veolia’s current resin regeneration and recycling service center in Penang, Malaysia, enhancing support to customers within the Asia Pacific region. Similar plants are available in the Middle East, Latin America, North America and Europe.

Daniel Nogueira, CEO of Veolia Water Technologies China, said: "This investment represents a crucial step forward for Veolia Water Technologies, highlighting our dedication to both technological advancement and sustainability. It also demonstrates that our dedication to sustainability is not mere rhetoric but rather a tangible action that makes a meaningful difference at the core of our operations. We are committed to growing sustainably, aligned with China's 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025), which aims to develop a circular economy and resource recycling."