Cookstown company prospering in environmental technologies sector

Cookstown company Colloide Engineering Systems has secured contracts worth over £1.75 million in the environmental technologies industry with help from Invest Northern Ireland.

Colloide specialises in providing advanced water, wastewater and process engineering solutions to the public and private sectors. The company’s recent success includes a €1.5 million upgrade of water works for Donegal County Council and a £300,000 industrial wastewater installation in South Wales.

The success follows investments by the company in marketing, management structure, IT systems and R&D, totalling almost £160,000 and backed by offers from Invest NI amounting to over £50,000 which includes part finance from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). As a result, Colloide now generates around 90 per cent of its turnover outside Northern Ireland.

Colloide believe in offering their clients the correct solution for each application. Their range of technologies include dissolved air flotation systems, sequential batch reactors, membrane filtration, sand filtration,  Membrane Bioreactors, etc. all of which are used to purify water in a variety of applications

Invest NI’s Director of Technology and Process Development, Olive Hill, said: “Global businesses in many sectors are working increasingly hard to minimise their impact on the environment. This is creating significant demand for equipment that can treat wastewater and effluent to minimise its toxicity and, where possible, enable water to be reused.

“Invest NI’s Environment and Energy Conference 09 in Belfast on 14 October will explore the potentially lucrative opportunities that exist in environmental technologies. The event is free to attend and will give attending companies the opportunity to network with each other and hear from recognised international industry experts.”

Ms Hill added: “With a strong emphasis on technical excellence and R&D, Colloide has built a strong reputation for its ability to deliver high-tech environmental solutions that save its clients money and ensure legislative compliance.”

Managing Director of Colloide Engineering Systems, Paddy McGuinness, who will be speaking at the Invest NI event in October, said: “Since our establishment in 2002 we have worked hard to ensure that our installations meet the stringent environmental demands of our clients and represent good value for money.

“Financial backing and expert advisory support from Invest NI has been crucial in helping us boost operational efficiency, maintain a technological edge over our competitors and build our reputation through targeted marketing campaigns. We are now well positioned to further strengthen our market position and investigate emerging opportunities in Europe and further afield.”

“We are also pleased to be participating in Invest NI’s Energy & Environment Conference 09 later this year and look forward to establishing links with other businesses in the environmental technologies field.”