SINGAPORE (May 28): An Xuesong, the dynamic CEO of China Everbright Water, is clear about how the company, which operates in a highly competitive market, will differentiate itself. Water companies have in the past tended to boast about their treatment technologies, such as membrane filtration, and the specific solutions they offer.

But An says Everbright Water is positioning itself as an integrated water treatment company that focuses on water environment management and handles the gamut of water-related issues. This includes being a major player in China’s building of so-called “sponge cities” and river basin restoration projects. “Our key considerations are efficiency and our ability to meet their quality requirements, as well as cost management,” An tells The Edge Singapore.

Everbright Water was formed after the reverse takeover of HanKore Environment Tech Group in 2015 by China Everbright International, in a deal that included the Hong Kong-listed company injecting about $1.2 billion worth of wastewater treatment assets into HanKore. Since then, the Mainboard-listed company has seen strong revenue and earnings growth. Additionally, over the last year, it has secured an average of one project a month in China.

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