September 18, 2020


UK company introduces enhanced water treatment technology to China's livestock sector


Strix, based in Forrest House, Ronaldsway, Isle of Man and has a factory in Ramsey, best known for its work in the design, manufacture and supply of kettle safety controls, has introduced a new water treatment technology to the livestock farming industry in China, IOM Today reported.

The HaloPure technology, bought from HaloSource in March 2019, apart from treating raw incoming water, also maintains a sanitised environment throughout the water line, which is a 'perfect' application for industries dependent on long-distance water lines with significant bacteria contamination such as livestock farming.

The Chinese market is estimated at £555 million (~US$720; £1 = US$1.30), with Strix focusing on the upper end, automated farms worth about £55m, which have been growing rapidly.

The HaloPure filtration contains a porous, highly cross-linked polymeric brominated resin with a high surface area which firstly removes any microorganisms in the water and then releases hypobromous acid to maintain microbial control.

Current solutions rely on an ultra-filtration membrane which provides single use filtration but no continued measure to control microbial build-up.

Strix has been conducting live testing in China for the past year, with system enhancement and performance improvements due to be completed by end 2020. Full commercial roll-out is expected this autumn.

The HaloPure technology has found other new applications, including in China's healthcare and dentistry sectors.

Mark Bartlett, chief executive officer of Strix, says, "The technology played a key role for the company's business during the height of the pandemic and now it is being adopted in numerous industries that require a water purification and disinfection solution.

The livestock farming industry in the People's Republic of China is clearly a considerable market opportunity in addition to the healthcare and dentistry industries. The technology is well positioned to respond to an anticipated policy in China, which will require regulated water for use in all livestock farms, hospitals and clinics."