The deal will allow Technochimreagent in the Ukraine to manufacture the chemicals under licence.

B & V will give technical support and training to the company on an on-going basis.

The deal was set up with help from the government’s UK Trade and Investment Organisation, UKTI.

B & V technical director, Dr Chris Wederell, said: “Technochimreagent contacted us – along with two other UK based water treatment companies – saying they wanted to discuss manufacturing our chemicals under licence.

“Our international work in this arena and in all other aspects of water and waste water treatment has been expanding rapidly and we have plenty of expertise in dealing with global partners, but the very specialist nature of setting up a manufacturing under licence agreement required specialist advice – which we received thanks to UKTI.”

Technochimreagent now manufactures more than 600 environmentally friendly products under licence under the trademark “Puro Tech” with joint B & V branding.

B & V will also be giving technical assistance to the company to help them reduce their negative impact on the environment, control discharge of sulphates and improve water recycling methods.

The licence enables Technochimreagent to export to Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Moldavia and Romania.

Technochimreagent recently signed a contract with the Russian company Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK) to supply chemicals to control corrosion and scale in boilers, cooling plant and ancillary pipework. It will also treat microbiological growth in cooling towers.

MMK is the largest single site steel producer in Russia and it is hoped that the UK/Ukranian deal will open up the Russian market for B & V.

Alison Brown

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