Water and wastewater treatment specialists Veolia Water Technologies has unveiled its new Asia Pacific headquarters in Malaysia.

The company has shifted its Asia base from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur to accommodate a growing workforce – up to 15 per cent of Veolia’s 1100 Asia Pacific staff are based in Malaysia – and strengthen partnerships with leading regional industrial companies and local government authorities.

Last year, Veolia Water Technologies’ saw its Asia Pacific business contribute 15 per cent of the company’s 2018 global revenue.

“With its reliable infrastructure and central location in Southeast Asia, Kuala Lumpur is a strategic location for our Asia Pacific headquarters,” said Frédéric Théry, chief executive of Veolia Water Technologies’ Asia Pacific division.

“Coupled with the strong multi-lingual and multi-cultural local talent available in Malaysia, it will give us the edge, speed, and proximity to manage different countries’ unique needs across the region.”

Datuk Zainal Amanshah, chief executive of InvestKL, a company formed to attract global multinationals to Malaysia’s capital, said Veolia’s decision “demonstrates its confidence in Kuala Lumpur’s proposition as the ideal hub to expand its footprint and strengthen its presence to serve the Asia Pacific region. We are delighted that Veolia will create numerous opportunities for our high skilled talents and we look forward to a mutually beneficial partnership.” 

Veolia Water Technologies is set to enter final phase of the Tun Razak Exchange sewage treatment plant project in Kuala Lumpur later this year, which it says will make it “the first fully integrated commercial water reclaim project in Southeast Asia and one of Veolia’s most significant global references for sustainable development”

Théry added: “With Kuala Lumpur as the command post in Asia, we hope to foster closer collaboration among our teams in the region, better serve our regional customers, and to continue to deliver first-class results with our technologies, products, and service offerings.”
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