Positive BWA relishes future challenges

BWA  lab scientist working on new biocides.

BWA lab scientist working on new biocides.

BWA ADDITIVES has been through many changes of ownership since its first commercial sales as part of chemical giant Ciba-Geigy in the early 1970s, but, according to James Argyle, VP for Thermal Desalination & Group CFO of the UK desalination and water treatment chemical producer, the company has gained something each time.

The real turning-point was in 2006, when the current CEO, David Cartmell, led a buyout of BWA from its owner at the time, Chemtura. Now the company’s overall business is growing at around 10% a year. D&WR’s editor, Robin Wiseman, talked to James Argyle in the company’s modern offices and laboratories only a couple of miles from its old owner, Chemtura, in Manchester’s Trafford industrial area.

This article first appeared in the February/March 2013 issue of Desalination & Water Reuse magazine.

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