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Gradiant Corp sets up Indian subsidiary, to tap ZLD market

New Delhi : US-based Gradiant Corporation, an emerging player in industrial wastewater treatment and desalination market, has set up an Indian subsidiary to cater to growing opportunities in the region.

The subsidiary Gradiant India Pvt Ltd has been formed following successful commercialization of the company's products and solutions in the region. Gradiant India will provide zero liquid discharge (ZLD) and water footprint reduction solutions for textile processors, dye stuff manufactures, pharmaceutical companies as well as other industrial facilities.

Gradiant Corporation was founded in 2013 by some PhD students of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US and is based out of Boston. For the Indian unit, the US parent company has made the investment and is also looking to finalize an initial round of funding with local and strategic partners by May 2018.

While Gradiant India will provide local leadership, sales and service personnel, product development and engineering support will remain within the parent Gradiant Corporation. This approach ensures focus on in-country customer needs, while centralizing innovation and intellectual property development.

“With ZLD requirements in place for wastewater producers across India, innovative solutions have gained in popularity as facilities throughout the country seek cost-effective options", said Gradiant India managing director Ravi Selvaraj.

“We are excited to help solve these issues using Gradiant’s technologies, which reduce the life-cycle cost to treat and recover water for many industries", he added.

Selvaraj has more than 30 years of experience in water and wastewater treatment industry and has worked at major corporations in India and Asia Pacific region.

Gradiant Corporation began commercialization efforts in India in 2017 providing end-to-end water solutions, including its flagship humidification-dehumidification system known as Carrier Gas Extraction (CGE).

This evaporator alternative, which mimics nature’s rain cycle to reduce the cost of treatment while increasing reliability, is designed to transform the most challenging industrial waste streams into valuable water resources.

Most recently, the technology was selected over conventional evaporative technologies for textile manufacturing wastewater treatment in Tamil Nadu based on life-cycle cost and simplicity of operation.

“We are proud to partner with customers in India to treat complex industrial wastewaters in an increasingly stringent regulatory environment", said Gradiant Corporation CEO Anurag Bajpayee.

“Our recent success in this market was a major catalyst in our decision to invest more in our growth by following a similar model as our oilfield services subsidiary. We look forward to more partnerships and success for Gradiant India under Ravi’s leadership", Bajpayee added.

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