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Pesticide plant saved from closure

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Techem is a Mexican pesticide manufacturer dedicated to the production of specialty chemicals for the chemical, agricultural and health industries. Techem sells the chemical industry a diverse range of products including nitrides, chlorides and phosphates, applicable to color tinting and textile manufacture. In the agro-chemical market, Techem sells intermediate phosphates to help protect agriculture from disease and crop infestation.

For the pharmaceutical industry, they manufacture a nitro-phenolic intermediary for the manufacture of analgesic paracetamol.

The company was founded in 1956, and acquired by the state in 1970. It was then privatized in 1992 by the Fertimex Company, a dynamic group of Mexican investors. Techem currently has 30% of the Mexican insecticide market and exports approximately 50% of their production.

AQUACLEAN APPLICATION IN THE PESTICIDE FACTORY
 
OPERATING PARAMETERS  VOLUME OF WATER TREATED - 72M 3 
APPLICATION  2 Liters daily 
Residence time  6 days 
PH  8.00 
FLOW  10M 3/H 

RESULTS: 45 days after the AquaClean application, the COD dropped by 77.88% utilizing a dose of 27ppm in the oxidation lagoon which had a recycling rate of 12m3 per day on average, and maximum discharges of 10m3 per hour. To this day, AquaClean continues to be applied daily.

The Company was at risk of being permanently closed by the authorities because of the irritating odor that came from the plant, as well as the high COD levels in the wastewater which were higher than legal parameters. After initiating the AquaClean usage, the Company has remained open without risk of closure from the authorities.

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