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The SundayBusinessPost October6,2019

Chemifloc in bidtooptimise drinkability ofourwater

Parteen proposal ‘best way forward’

forwater supplies

The Parteen Basin proposal identified by IrishWater as the most effective means to boost dwindling water supplies in Dublin offers the “best solution”, according to Fergal Lawless, director at Chemifloc. The scheme proposes the abstraction of water from the Parteen Basin on the Lower River Shannon, withwater treatment nearby at Birdhill, Co Tipperary. Treated water would then be piped 170km to a new res- ervoir at Peamount in south county Dublin, connecting to the greater Dublin network. “Dublin’s water supplies are on a knife-edge with shortages set to increase due to a combination of popu- lation growth and climate change,” said Lawless. “The difficulty is that it is notoriously costly to get leakage in the systembelow 20 per cent. Dublin needs an additional supply source in the short-term, whichwill also satisfy longer-term re- quirements. “The Parteen project is the best solution, but Chemi- floc has an important role in ensuring this security of supply.”

BY LORRAINE COURTNEY C hemifloc,theShan- non producer of water and waste- water treatment chemicals, has established a new technical laborato- rytofurtherproductdevelopment. Chemilabs produces coagulation studies aimed at optimising the treatment process in the produc- tion of drinking water. Its launch builds on the com- pany’s near 40-year history de- veloping innovative products for water treatment, According to Chemifloc di- rector Fergal Lawless, so-called enhanced coagulation could not only help municipal water treat- ment undertakers, but also assist private industry in determining the best formof inorganic coagu- lant treatment needed toproduce high-qualitywaterandwastewa- ter. “We have recently formed a partnership with a technology company to explore the areas of automation and remote teleme-

try and logistics planning,” said Lawless. “We see this, combined with advancements in artificial intel- ligence,asameansofofferinghuge efficiency gains to our customers in the coming years.” Chemifloc is an Irish-owned group of companies specialising in themanufacture and supply of water and wastewater treatment chemicals. ThegroupcomprisesChemifloc Ltd, industrial chemicalsoperator GI Chemicals DAC and the labo- ratory technical services player Chemilabs. The Chemifloc group facilitates the delivery of drinking water to homes and businesses across the island of Ireland, through the manufacture and supply of these inorganic coagulants. Theseproductsalsohelptopro- tect the environment by treating municipalwastewater.Theymeet both the in-process and waste treatment requirements of Irish industry. “OurChemilabs technical team facilitatescontinuousoptimisation of currentpracticeswithinthe in-

Fergal Lawless, director at Chemifloc: ‘Safety is paramount in everything we do’

By this stage, heavy investment intheShannonplanthadresulted inthetransferofcoagulantmanu- facturingfacilitiesfromtheSpiddal facility. Chemifloc subsequently evolved to add new products to its portfolio. The company today has a large manufacturing and storage fa- cility in Shannon, with 57 direct employees and the largest fleet of bulk tankers and ADR drivers in Ireland, complemented by a fleet of rigid trucks. Chemiflochasasecondport fa- cility at Shannon Foynes Port in Co Limerick, while GI Chemicals DAC - a subsidiary of Chemifloc focused on the supply of indus- trial chemicals - has bulk storage facilitiesatFoynes,Cork,andNew

of the pipe network.” Lawless continued: “They in- clude structural advancements through the amalgamation of the multiplicity of treatment plants, process advancements through enhanced coagulation processes and technological advancements throughautomationandtelemetry. “These are areas where Irish Waterisalsofocusinganddeserves muchcreditasitworkshardinthis less public arena.” Chemifloc is already playing its part in providing cost-effec- tivesolutions.“ThroughEnterprise Ireland,weareinvolvedinongoing research into new technologies that allowus to create our chem- icalreactionsinmoreefficientand cost-effectiveways,”saidLawless.

dustry as well as engaging with ourcustomersonforward-looking research projects,” said Lawless. “Safetyisparamountineverything we do.” Chemiflocwas founded in 1981 with three employees at a small facility on Smithstown Industrial Estateandbegansupplyingprod- ucts sourced in Britain. By 1985, the company had opened a manufacturing facility near Spiddal, Co Galway as well as expanding its storage facility in Shannon. In the years that followed, the companycontinuedon itsgrowth trajectorysupportedbyconsistent reinvestmentandcapitalexpendi- ture.Asaresult,Chemiflocgrewto employ 20 people by 1998.

Ross, CoWexford. Chemifloc is continuing its in- vestment in a new bulk storage facility at Foynes Port, with the aimofensuringthatlargereserves of critical rawmaterialsaremain- tained on the island of Ireland. “With the uncertainty created by Brexit, our facility benefits the municipal applications, aswell as ourmanyotherindustrialcustom- ers in the dairy, pharmaceutical, electronics and manufacturing sectors who can access this bulk storage rather than transporting theproductsbyroadfromfacilities in the UK,” said Lawless. “We hear much about leakage and Irish Water deserves huge credit for itseffortshere, but there are other areas of focus upstream

The Atlantic AirVenture flight simulator at the Shannon Aviation Museum. The facility is a vibrant learning hub with activities for all ages

Eddie Ryan, founder of the museum, with Harry O’Loughlin, director, SAM, Michael Guinee and Gerry Murphy of Ei Electronics and Jane Magill of SAM Aviation

Scouts proudly show off their air badges at the museum, which is home to cockpits, jet engines and an aircraft carrier jet, among other attractions

HowShannon’sremarkableaviationhistorygot itsmuseum

BY LORRAINE COURTNEY T heideaforShannon Aviation Museum dates back to 2001, when Eddie Ryan – the museum’s chairman – retired from a longstanding career in avia- tion and decided to kickstart aprojectthatwouldrecognise Shannon’s impressive avia- tion history. According to the muse- um’s director Jane Magill, it

also has an important role to play in “inspiring the next generation”abouttheworldof science and engineering and the diversity of the careers on offer within the aviation industry. “We started our first avia- tionsummer camp inasmall building with sponsorship from local businesses, the Irish Aviation Authority and a grant fromClare Enterprise Board in 2007,” said Magill. “In 2010, we had pro-

gressed further, with larger capital grants fromClare Lo- cal Development Company and significant commercial financing. “We made the move to a majorlandmarkbuildingona large site, perfect for themu- seumdevelopment.” ShannonAviationMuseum showcases the remarkable role played by the Shannon region in Irish and interna- tional aviation history. It is home to a collectionof

museum, the facility is also a vibrant learning hub with regular educational and fun activities,basedonreal-world lessons, for both adults and children. “Wewanttoinspireandin- troduce the next generation to themanydifferent aspects of the aviation industry and, crucially, toensure the future pipeline of passionate avia- tors, engineers and industry professionals,” said Magill. “We’vehadaround30,000

kidsfromschoolsvisitusover the years.” He added: “We also offer Aviator birthday parties and corporate team days. One of our most popular events is a visit to seeCaptainClaus and his crew at his flight deck at Christmas.” Earlier this year, Shannon

Chamber member EI Elec- tronicsannouncedsignificant fundingfortheextensionand renovation of the Shannon Aviation Museum. The funding supplement- eda recent grant providedby the Department of Rural and Community Development 2018 Towns and Villages Re-

newal Scheme. The funding will see the museumundergo refurbish- ment and expansion. “We’retryingtodevelopthe museum as a visitor attrac- tion that’s Stem-based and a little bit different to what’s onofferhereatthemoment,” said Magill.

aircraft cockpits, jet engines, and even an aircraft carrier jet alongside flight simula- torsandauniquecollectionof model aircraft, artefacts and memorabilia. Exhibits include the high- tech Blackburn Buccaneer aircraft carrier jet, a 1958 vintageDeHavillandVenom ColdWar jet, and a variety of other aircraft, such as a Bede BD5Microjet and a Lynx he- licopter. Much more than just a


Scenery, history and culturemake Clare a touristmagnet for thousands

BY MARGARET JENKINS L ast year was the WildAtlanticWay’s strongest yet. We had 3.7 million in- ternational visitors, 4.7 million domestic visitors andbetweenthemtheyspent €3 billion, supporting over 80,000 jobs along the west coast. Clarecontinuestobeapop- ular tourist destination. Eight percentofoverseastouriststo Ireland visited Clare in 2018, making itoneof thefivemost popularcountiesinthecoun- try for overseas tourists. BY CAROLINE ALLEN F amily-runconstruc- tioncompanyFlynn, which anticipates a regional turnover of €30million at its Limerick regional base this year, recently completed the landmark project for the Jaguar Land Rover facility at Shannon. The company is current- ly working on a project for Shannon Airport Authority, upgrading the baggage han- dling equipment at Shannon airporttomeetanEUsecurity directivetobeinplacebySep-

Situatedonthewestcoastof Ireland, Shannon offers visi- torsanabundanceofthingsto seeanddo,fromthemedieval splendour of Bunratty Castle &FolkPark tonatural beauty along the Shannon Estuary LoopedWalkandhistoryand educationatAtlanticAirVen- ture, an interactive aviation museum. Shannon is also the per- fect base to explore the rug- ged Wild Atlantic Way and themanypopularattractions andactivities inClare, aswell as the surrounding region which, as one of the centres ofIrishtraditionalmusic,song TheLimerickregional base hasbeenopensince2015and currentlyemploys30people. “The move was dual fo- cused, firstly to create jobs in theregioninbringingtheesti- matingfunctionfortheentire businesstotheLimerickbase. This was recognised as Lim- erick Institute of Technology (LIT)hasanexceptionaltrack record indevelopingbest-in- classquantitysurveying stu- dents,” said regional director William O’Brien, himself an LIT graduate. “Secondly,werecogniseda tember2020for all European airports.

Britain, Europe and the US, Shannon Airport is an im- portant gateway to the Wild AtlanticWay for visitors. We recently unveiled an exciting new installation in the arrivals area of the main airport terminal to promote the Wild Atlantic Way and encourage visitors to explore the route and surrounding areas further. Earlier this year, Fáilte Ire- landunveiled11newviewing pointsalong theShannonEs- tuaryWay, thefirst of a series of Wild Atlantic Way looped drives created to encourage visitors toexploreotherparts and passion,” he said. GrowthintheLimerickre- gional base, aswell as inCork and Galway, has been very strongacrossmultiplesectors, including commercial, life sciences, educational, high- rise residential and health- care, according to O’Brien. Flynn recently opened offices in London and Co- penhagen with a view to significantly expanding its footprint in Britain and the Nordic countries over the coming 24 months. “Wehaveaverycommitted andhard-workingteam,with a mixture of both youth and

of the region and stay longer, driving economic growth in local communities. The ShannonEstuaryWay, developedwithaninvestment of €225,000 from Fáilte Ire- land, takes visitors on a drive through an area of remark- able, unspoilt beauty, across the Shannon Estuary on Shannon Ferries, encourag- ing themtoexplore themany delightful towns, villagesand world famous shore-fishing sites within the area.

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numberofhigh-profileclients were focusing on the regions andFlynn,withatrackrecord of delivering high-end proj- ects, is locally based to help with their investment. We haveundertakenanumberof projectsinShannon,”hesaid. “The known Flynn culture is based on trust-built rela- tionships.Asthecompanyhas grown, our sole objective of looking after both our staff and clients has remained the same. We recognise that no matter if your investment is €20,000 or €20 million, we will deliver all projects with the same level of dedication

experience.Ourcommitment to training programmes is a key objective in helping at- tractthebestgraduateswhich is recognised as the future successof thebusiness,” said O’Brien. “We have consistently in- vested in new techniques, such as Lean principles in construction, recognised worldwide as the future. “Wealsoadoptjust-in-time deliveries and off-site pro- duction,whichalwayshelpto ensureourquality,safetycul- ture and proven track record todelivery.Thisallalignswith the principles of our clients.”


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