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Home > Press > Nanostart-holding New Asia Investments invests in breakthrough water projects

Abstract:
- Bringing Affordable, Clean and Safe Water to the Southeast Asia region based on a new model of de-centralized water treatment plants

- First cutting-edge technology water plant launched in Vietnam on May 10th, 2013

Nanostart-holding New Asia Investments invests in breakthrough water projects

Frankfurt, Germany and Singapore | Posted on May 13th, 2013

Nanostart-holding New Asia Investments closed a first round investment in De.mem Pte Ltd, a Singapore based Spin-off Company from Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU). At the same time, it finances GD Wasser, a joint venture company based in Singapore and Vietnam, through a loan facility.

De.mem is a provider of de-centralized water treatment installations, with unique know-how to design, build, monitor and operate such projects, even over large geographical distances. The company leverages on superior Singapore-developed membrane technologies, such as Reverse Osmosis or Ultrafiltration, as an advantage to deliver better yet cheaper water for the industries of the Southeast Asia region.

GD Wasser is a joint venture which targets in particular the Vietnamese water market, aiming to construct up to five new water treatment plants this year in the local market. The first overseas high-tech remote-monitored water treatment plant was launched on May 10th, 2013 near Ho Chi Minh City.

During his new plant inauguration speech, Andreas Kroell, Partner, New Asia Investments, emphasized: "Our investment in De.mem and GD Wasser meet a strong market need for modern, but cost-efficient de-centralized water treatment technologies in Southeast Asia. Our new portfolio companies offer cost-effective solutions for emerging countries such as Vietnam, which reduce cost for both companies and communities, while supplying water of better quality. The synergies from the know-how of our already existing portfolio company MINT and the leading expertise of NTU provide an excellent basis for further expansion."

"2013 has been declared as the UN International Year of Water Cooperation by the United Nations General Assembly. Our company recognizes that cooperation is essential and targets to bring key stakeholders together in resolving the water issue throughout the Southeast Asia region. Countries such as Vietnam, Indonesia or the Philippines require modern water treatment technologies to serve their growing population and industry's needs. We have developed the cutting-edge technology to help these countries address their water-related challenges in a cost-effective, sustainable manner", Andreas Kroell concluded.

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About Nanostart AG
Nanostart AG is a leading nanotechnology venture capital company. The company invests venture capital (VC) in promising young nanotechnology companies. Nanostart invests globally and at different phases of development. Emphasis of investments is on especially innovative industries such as cleantech, life sciences, and IT/electronics. Nanostart invests either directly in nanotechnology companies or through a regional nanotechnology fund. The headquarters of Nanostart AG is in Frankfurt, Germany.

About New Asia Investments

New Asia Investments Pte Ltd was established in Singapore in 2012 with the goal to explore the growth markets of Asia, with a focus on med tech, clean tech (water and energy) and industrial innovations. Via its predecessor companies, it has been active in Singapore since 2008. As a venture capital investment company, New Asia Investments invests in young, up-and-coming technology companies which are approaching market launch or have innovative products already on the market. In Singapore, it invests as a partner of Singapore government via a separate side fund. More information can be found on: www.newasiainvestments.com

About De.mem

De.mem Pte Ltd is a Singapore based company that designs, builds and operates decentralized water treatment facilities targeting throughout South East Asian markets. Backed by Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, as well as the Singapore Membrane Technology Centre (SMTC), De.mem is able to deploy an extensive range of high-technological solutions to meet different and challenging water conditions. Before any design schematics can be done up, De.mem carries out an in-depth study of the actual site, water quality of raw feed water and demographic. This enables De.mem to produce the highest quality of potable water and most cost effective treatment plants that are in line with international standards. De.mem is also in charge of the installation of advanced water quality and instrumentation systems that have been developed by her mother company Membrane Instruments and Technology Pte Ltd (MINT) Singapore, in newly built and operational water treatment plants. With these systems in place, De.mem is able to monitor a cluster of plants real time and on-going, enabling optimization of energy usage for each individual plant from a central location. For more information on De.mem: www.demembranes.com

About GD Wasser

GD Wasser is a joint venture between three companies: New Asia Investments Pte Ltd (30%), De.mem Pte Ltd (40%) and Glacier SG Pte Ltd (30%). GD Wasser operates mainly on a Build-Own-Operate (BOO) model for providing clean water to its municipal and industrial clients. This means that the company finances, designs, builds and operates decentralized water treatment plants. By taking charge of the entire process, GD Wasser keeps the cost per unit volume of water produced affordable for its clients. Focused on the emerging market of Vietnam, GD Wasser intends to have 15 to 20 plants operational within the next two years.GD Wasser is based in both Singapore and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. For more information on GD Wasser: www.gdwasser.com

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