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01.31.2014

Delivery of "in-vehicle ceramic membrane filtration system" to Kep Province, Kingdom of Cambodia

METAWATER Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan; President: Tomoyasu Kida) is pleased to announce that we will deliver our in-vehicle ceramic membrane filtration system to Kep Province, Kingdom of Cambodia (hereinafter referred to as "Cambodia").

Background leading to the delivery of our in-vehicle ceramic membrane filtration system

As part of efforts to facilitate water purification in areas where a safe water supply system is not yet in place, Kep Province, Cambodia (water business is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Industry and Handicrafts) developed a project to introduce in-vehicle water purification system, water storage tank, plastic water container, and water cart and submitted an application to the Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Project (hereinafter referred to as "GGP")*1 in June 2013. GGP is a scheme run by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (hereinafter referred to as "MOFA") as part of Japan's public diplomacy strategy.

Following field studies by the Embassy of Japan in Cambodia along with other evaluation processes, the project has been selected as the recipient of GGP. The project’s potential to provide immediate results and mobility has been recognized by MOFA. As a result, METAWATER has been requested to deliver our in-vehicle ceramic membrane filtration system to Kep Province.

In-vehicle ceramic membrane filtration system to be delivered to Kep Province, Cambodia

*1 The Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Project (GGP) is a scheme to provide financial assistance to people implementing relatively small-scale local projects (the maximum grant amount per project is 10 million yen in general). Such projects are carried out by local government authorities and educational/medical institutions in developing countries as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other similar organizations operating in developing countries. Japanese diplomatic offices that are well versed in various aspects of the countries are playing a central role in providing the financial assistance.
pdfhttp://www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/gaiko/oda/shimin/oda_ngo/kaigai/human_ah/pdfs/kusa_pamplet_en.pdf

METAWATER activities in Cambodia

Cambodia is one of the countries where we have been concentrating our efforts to expand the water supply and sewage business.

In August 2010, METAWATER formed a basic agreement with the Kitakyushu City Water and Sewer Bureau (the then Waterworks Bureau) to expand the water business in Cambodia and Haiphong, Vietnam, and joined the Kitakyushu Overseas Water Business Association established in the same month. Through mutual cooperation, METAWATER conducted a test run of the in-vehicle ceramic membrane filtration system in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia, from September to December 2011 and a demonstration experiment on the road in Kep Province in July 2012.
METAWATER also confirmed the applicability of the system through the survey and water seminar by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.

In March 2013, METAWATER established an office in the city of Kitakyushu aimed at strengthening alliance with the city of Kitakyushu and the Kitakyushu Overseas Water Business Association to expand the water business throughout Asia in addition to Cambodia and Vietnam. With the establishment of a representative office in Phnom Penh in April 2013, we have been further accelerating our efforts in Cambodia.

In December 2013, METAWATER co-sponsored the Angkor Wat International Half Marathon 2013 held in Siem Reap, northwest of Cambodia, providing runners with shower facilities using our in-vehicle ceramic membrane filtration system. Through these efforts, we have been engaging in activities to underscore the importance of proper water treatment and promote our innovative technologies.

Providing runners with shower facilities using our ceramic membrane filtration system at the Angkor Wat International Half Marathon 2013
(shower nozzles provided by H. IKEUCHI & CO., LTD.)

Key features of in-vehicle ceramic membrane filtration system

METAWATER’s ceramic membrane filtration system has been introduced, at present, in about 120 water purification plants in Japan. In addition, METAWATER is providing the system overseas based on a business alliance formed with PWN Technologies B.V.*2 in June 2013, a capital and business alliance formed with Rood Wit Blauw Holding B.V.*3 in August 2013, and other agreements. The unique features of our ceramic membrane filtration system have been recognized by Frost & Sullivan, a US-based research firm, winning the 2013 Frost & Sullivan Global Product Differentiation Excellence Award*4.

Our in-vehicle ceramic membrane filtration system is capable of providing a stable supply of high-quality, safe, purified drinking water even from highly turbid and changeable raw water quality. This mobile water purification equipment capitalizes on the flexible features of the ceramic membrane element which make it possible for it to be used even in a small space. METAWATER has been delivering the in-vehicle water purifying system mainly to developing countries since the system can be mobilized any time natural disasters such as flooding occur and can be used as water purifying facilities in dispersed communities.

With water purifying and power-generating facilities mounted on board a 4-ton truck, the in-vehicle ceramic membrane filtration system to be delivered to Kep Province is capable of creating about 50 cubic meters of water per day. Using the in-vehicle ceramic membrane filtration system, Kep Province is planning to supply water to about 8,000 people in three years.

Ceramic membrane

Ceramic membrane filtration system
(Umagoe Water Purification Plant in Imabari
City, Ehime Prefecture)

*2 For more information about a business alliance with PWN Technologies B.V., please refer to a press release dated July 1, 2013.
METAWATER and PWN Technologies enter strategic alliance
*3 For more information about a capital and business alliance with Rood Wit Blauw Holding B.V., please refer to a press release dated September 4, 2013.
METAWATER and Rood Wit Blauw Holding enter capital and business alliance
*4 For more information about the 2013 Frost & Sullivan Global Product Differentiation Excellence Award, please refer to a press release dated November 29, 2013.
METAWATER has been granted the "Global Product Differentiation Excellence Award" by Frost & Sullivan in recognition of the uniqueness of our "Ceramic Membrane Filtration System."
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