The production- and mining industries, and also the transport sector of dry bulk goods, co-produce a great amount of dust. Dust that has been released is a serious contributor to environmental pollution, which could also, as a result, cause serious health issues. Other than that, dust-drift may have economic consequences, as valuable raw materials can shift and can, therefore, not be re-used. The Rotterdam Port Fund recognizes the opportunities in potential solutions and is keen to invest.
Sustainable dust control
Treating goods with moisturizers, foam and so-called crust cultivators can reduce dust development and shifting. Wuvio products diminish dust development by at least 85% and water consumption by more than 90%. Wuvio has been working on the development and production of innovative dust control methods for more than a decade. The most important raw material of Wuvio’s product line consists of recycled fibres. Other elementary components are also made from re-used or recycled raw materials. One might say that sustainability really exists in every fibre of the company.
Ambition to grow
Bastiaan van der Knaap (Rotterdam Port Fund): “The circular economy offers new opportunities in developing new technologies to re-use raw materials. Wuvio is able to convert these opportunities into effective dust controlling products, from which many companies in and in the vicinity of the harbour can benefit. As a fund we are thrilled that we can help this company grow towards its ambitions and we look forward to collaborating with a strong partner as Navus Ventures and the entire Wuvio team.”
Marck Hagen (CEO Wuvio): “Our aim is to deliver a grand contribution towards cleaner air and water worldwide. We need financial resources to be able to live up to that goal. Rotterdam Port Fund’s investment and network enable us to realise our international expansion strategy, and to enhance our R&D capacity.
Wuvio is currently building a new R&D facility in Maasdijk – in the hinterland of the Rotterdam harbour. New products to prevent dust development of dry agrifood bulk goods will be developed and produced inside this facility.
About Rotterdam Port Fund
Rotterdam Port Fund is an independent investment fund that supports innovating companies – active in and around North Western Europe’s harbour industry – that have a need for growth capital. Havenbedrijf Rotterdam, NIBC Bank, Innovationquarter, Koninklijke Doeksen and Rotterdam based entrepreneurs Peter Goedvolk and Luc Braams have initiated the fund.
The Wuvio approach is being noticed and our customer base is growing rapidly. All good news but our current facility unfortunately has its limitations. Therefore, Wuvio will be moving to a larger building about a kilometer from our current location.
In the center of this building will be our new high-tech laboratory equipped with all gizmos needed to further enhance our existing product and to enable even more rapid development of new products. Construction works have started this week and we will regularly update you on our progress. We wil keep you updated about the developments!
Dust management is too expensive! Wuvio blows that theory out of the water!
Wuvio Chemicals offers a range of products to combat dust, which are widely used in the waste and recycling industry, by energy producers and by mining and dry bulk companies. Wuvio believes dust suppression should be easy and can be done with a smaller ecological footprint. It is widely believed that fighting dust in an industrial environment is expensive, difficult and typically has an impact on operations — Wuvio’s daily mission is to prove this is not true.
All heavy industrial sites are constantly under the microscope. This is a fact we all know to be true. However, the surroundings and neighbours at any bulk handling site, as well as local government, can have a major influence on whether the operator’s licence continues.
Looking back at the title of the article ‘Dust management is too expensive’. What if that weren’t the case? A fundamental flaw is that many of us try to use a sledgehammer approach to resolve dust-containment issues — often using an over-scaled and usually costly solution.
“Dust management is too expensive!”? An interesting update on LinkedIn:
What if it wasn’t?
The fundamental flaw is that many of us try to solve dust issues by using the sledgehammer approach, an over scaled and usually costly choice.
But let’s assume the budget was approved and you and your contractor can now start the construction works. It will take a few weeks or maybe months before its completed and most importantly you have no guarantee it will actually work – since it is impossible to test a 20 meter high wall, large ventilation system or enclosure.
ISO was founded with the idea of answering a fundamental question: “what’s the best way of doing this?” And this exactly describes why Wuvio set out and started the process for ISO9001-2015 certification. We wanted to find out how we are doing things today and how we can improve internal and external processes to improve our customers experience.
A truckload of documents, meetings and difficult question down the line our team was able to crack open the champagne in January. Realizing that this certification will be an ongoing process of improving in the years to come.