Michael Howard, water industry veteran with 28 years of senior management experience, appointed Australia General Manager
Kadima, Israel, October 21, 2014 – IDE Technologies today announced its expansion in the Australian water treatment and coal seam gas (CSG) industries with its new offices in Sydney and Brisbane. Michael Howard, appointed Australia General Manager, will head the office in Sydney, and Tory Shenstone, IDE’s Queensland Business Development Manager, will head the Brisbane office.
Mr. Howard brings 28 years of senior management experience across the water treatment and infrastructure industry. Ms. Shenstone, a pioneer in the CSG industry, brings more than 15 years of experience growing companies such as Sunshine Gas, Bow Energy, Blue Energy and Arrow Energy. Together, Mr. Howard and Ms. Shenstone will help to expand IDE’s local presence in Australia as well as increase awareness and sales for IDE’s desalination and industrial water treatment solutions.
“Australia has long been challenged with water-scarce regions all across the dry continent. We’ve helped to address this challenge for 30 years, providing water treatment solutions with low energy, minimal chemical consumption, and pre-fabricated units that can easily be installed, even in Australia’s most remote areas,” said Avshalom Felber, CEO of IDE Technologies. “With our new offices in Sydney and Brisbane, we are excited to expand our footprint in this significant market and partner with customers to deliver reliable access to fresh water.”
Prior to joining IDE, Mr. Howard was the Director of Chatoyer Holdings Pty Ltd, managing the company and the significant growth of its water treatment division. In addition, he held previous positions as a Director and shareholder engaged in manufacturing, engineering and construction projects, building business opportunities from small scale to multi-million dollar turnover.
“IDE has long served the mining industry in Australia, with evaporators working continuously for 27 years. IDE understands the unique needs of the water and CSG industries in Australia, and as we keep growing in this key market we look forward to the new opportunities and challenges. Being local, we can build long-term relationships and bring added value and know-how right from the pre-planning and pre-feasibility study stages all the way through to project completion,” said Mr. Howard.
One of IDE’s recent installations in Australia is the Cape Preston project, which is capable of producing 140,000 m3/day of potable water for CITIC Paciﬁc Mining’s Sino Iron ore mine.
An IDE PROGREEN™ modular chemical-free desalination system has also been commissioned on Hayman Island, located off the coast of Queensland, providing potable water for the island’s visitors and residents.
A world leader in water treatment solutions, IDE specializes in the development, engineering, construction and operation of some of the world’s largest and most advanced thermal and membrane desalination facilities and industrial water treatment plants, delivering approximately 3 million m3/day of high quality water worldwide.
IDE offers customers a unique end-to-end solution and a one process guarantee from one supplier, from pre-treatment and RO, to brine concentration and brine crystallization. IDE treats the water up to a point of zero liquid discharge, separating drinking water from selective salts recovered.
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