Global growth partnership company Frost & Sullivan acknowledged FLSmidth’s contribution to emissions control at an awards ceremony in Mumbai, India in December 2010. The award for product innovation recognises FLSmidth’s commitment and innovative approach to increasing the efficiency of its air pollution control equipment in order to reduce emissions from cement and minerals plants.
Continual investment in research and development and the ability to combine unrivalled process knowledge with air pollution control technology secured FLSmidth the Frost & Sullivan product innovation award in December 2010. The environmental excellence award ceremony, which is held every two years, recognises excellence and best practices in the environment sector and is considered a benchmark for excellence around the world.
The Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Award recognises outstanding industry achievements, as well as outstanding leadership, strategic thinking and execution across a range of industries. “To make it on to the environmental awards shortlist, all aspects of a company, including technology, the market and R&D parameters are analysed and evaluated by industry experts”, says Nideshna Naidu, research analyst at Frost & Sullivan. “And each award has a measurement criteria, such as innovative or value-added features, or customer acquisition potential, in order to select the most qualified candidate for each award.”
For Frost & Sullivan, the products that made FLSmidth stand out from the competition were the low-energy, low-emission Electrostatic Precipitator, which is capable of achieving emissions containing less than 5mg/Nm3, and the 8 and 10 metre-long bags for fabric filters.
“The company’s process and air pollution control technology knowledge is excellent,” says Nideshna. “They apply their process and technology knowledge to the design of air pollution control equipment that is process-specific, which is a very effective way to control targeted plant emissions.”
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Raising the bar
At present, the air pollution control regulations in India are not as comprehensive as those in other rapidly developing countries and have not kept up with the pace of industrialisation. This has led to low standards in design and manufacturing. Nideshna explains, “End users install equipment that meets basic requirements and necessities because the regulations don’t demand more. There are over 200 companies in the air pollution control market in India. Most of them use standard design templates, so competition is fierce and prices are low.” Despite this, FLSmidth has continued to raise the bar in the air pollution control equipment industry by delivering new solutions that stay ahead of increasingly tougher emissions regulations.
However, growing concern about air pollution levels in India is expected to improve environmental control initiatives, which should increase plant budgets for air pollution control equipment and generate more opportunities for technology leaders such as FLSmidth. And with the recognition that the award brings, FLSmidth will be in a strong position to help drive environmental improvements in the sub-continent.
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