Global demand for water is expected to explode in the coming years, this combined with an aging infrastructure and ongoing climate change is creating a water scarcity crisis. These challenges are driving enormous opportunities for developing and investing in new technologies such as wastewater reuse, desalination and nutrient recovery. Companies seriously need these new technologies to help maximise water efficiencies and reduce their costs of regulatory compliance.
BlueTech’s custom-built online Intelligence Platform holds a vast bank of data and specialist insight into water technologies and their markets. We track the competitive landscape of all current and emerging technologies, analysing their market shares and growth rates. With our bespoke data-modelling tool you can quickly compare vendor offerings and identify the best performing innovations. We can also provide you expert guidance on how long emerging technologies are expected to take to come to market and provide a return on investment.
We have been working with BlueTech Research for almost 10 years. Their monthly briefings are a great source of regular industry / technology updates. Further details on many important topics are provided via their research reports and company profiles provide more information on key industry players and innovative technology companies. In addition, the team also supports specific research requests of its customers and involves their subscribers in setting the research agenda for the next year. We very much enjoy to work with the BlueTech team and look forward to continuing the relationship.
One of the great things about BlueTech is the research. We especially use the research in the [Innovation] Tracker, which has over 500 companies. One of my favourite things about BlueTech is how they summarize and send out regular updates on IP, technology changes, and companies. These are helpful updates that we use everyday in our business because our job is to find the best technologies and invest in them, and we use BlueTech to support that mandate.
We found the BlueTech Forum in Dublin to be a valuable event for XPV, with a good mix of relevant content and networking opportunities. Among many water conferences each year, BlueTech provides differentiated and useful technical knowledge in the conference sessions via its strong network of TAG experts and user groups outside the water sector, which can be hard to access. Our sponsorship offered us attractive visibility and networking connections at the event itself, and from a longer-term perspective, we are pleased to support BlueTech’s leadership in bringing new technology into the water sector, which we believe will continue to provide a benefit to our firm and the industry at large.
We scour the global water markets identifying companies with disruptive technologies and promising developments, and a strong go to market strategy. With our Monthly Intelligence Briefing you are kept fully informed about important new technology developments and global market trends. For more detailed insight and analysis, we offer BlueTech reports on key market segments, technology areas and companies in the water space.
The Client’s Needs
BlueTech Research was retained to advise on the growth strategy for a large Singaporean Chinese EPC, United Envirotech on behalf a key shareholder investor. The study looked at the benefits of vertically integrating certain membrane technologies into the UE portfolio to differentiate its UF and MBR offering in municipal and industrial projects.
A key element of the study focused on the potential for vertical integration of Memstar membranes.
As part of this study, BlueTech Research carried out a competitive landscape map of competing EPC companies in the Asian region, their differentiation and respective strategy. The market potential also analysed and the potential for accessing international markets.
Field based due diligence was carried out at operational sites in petrochemical refineries,
industrial parts and municipal water and wastewater plants in four provinces. QA/QC review
of membrane manufacturing plants in Singapore and mainland China was conducted.
The methodology included a 2-day work-shops held in Singapore with senior management
team where BlueTech Research experts presented market context, challenged assumptions from the management team and facilitated and led a discussion to help support strategy
There were on-site close-out meetings in China with senior management to present the
findings and recommendations.
The entire study lasted 7 weeks and the outputs also included detailed reports on the
market, competitive landscape, and due diligence reports.
The BlueTech strategy study was linked to a $1Bn transaction and investment.
SAEV requested a review of the UV disinfection market and a new UV-LED offering from Typhon Treatment Systems to better understand the market potential before providing investment capital.
The Client’s Needs
The client needed a competitive landscape review with a cross-comparison of technologies and their costs, movements of major corporates in the space, and emerging technology companies. Market analysis required geographic and application breakdowns with forecasts of future growth. The results needed to culminate in the current status of UV-LED technology, current and future market value, the best application fit, identification of strongest potential competitors, and a cost comparison to traditional mercury lamps to identify a cross-over point with LEDs.
The competitive landscape consisted of primary research through desked-based research and through BlueTech’s innovation tracker to outline the established players providing UV disinfection and emerging technology providers in the UV-LED space. Patent analysis and licensing opportunities provided an overview of developments in the technology. Interviews were carried out with end-users, technology providers and LED manufacturers to gain insight on cost comparisons and anticipated projections.
The market analysis evaluated the current mercury lamp UV disinfection market as a surrogate to the potential UV-LED disinfection market and used LED industry roadmaps to inform the development path and timeline.
Finally, members of BlueTech’s TAG team evaluated the target technology and provided their feedback on technical feasibility, market readiness, and the development roadmap.
SAEV invested an undisclosed amount in the target company.
BlueTech identified strategic areas of investment opportunity in the water sector in
North America. BlueTech leveraged our contacts and networks to identify
investment opportunities, potential management hires for portfolio companies, strategic
investment partners, and industry partners for portfolio companies.
Client required a short-list and profiles of strategic water investment opportunities with a
view to establishing a $100M investment fund. BlueTech identified target investment opportunities in various sectors of interest, and also identified examples of companies that represented recent successful water investment opportunities.
BlueTech understands the importance of working in partnership to achieve successful innovation in the water industry, so we offer our clients direct access to our senior analysts. We also nurture relationships within our community of vendors, technology providers and investors where we see synergies. Our annual forum and networking events are carefully curated to generate these mutually beneficial opportunities.
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