Water and environment technology service company Econet encourages cleantech companies to collaborate tighter.
According to Econet Ltd’s quality manager Taina Dammert, for small Finnish companies, collaboration is the only way to succeed in large competitive tendering, and get more export business.
- We have plenty of knowhow in Finland, but the operators are too small to survive alone. Econet could take the role of a leader in innovation partnership, says Dammert.
Innovation partnership means that already in the beginning of tender phase, the tenderers could collaborate and offer together, for example, a new way of treating wastewater. Innovation partnership became current, since the procurement law renewed at the turn of the year.
- Benefitting from the innovation partnership requires courage from the purchasers, but with it, new ways of acting and technologies could be taken into use. In the beginning, new water technologies and innovations could be tested in Finland, and after that they could be offered abroad, says Dammert.
Econet could easily be a pioneer, and use the innovation partnership with other companies. This way, for instance, small startup companies, which do not have enough of revenue or references, could enter tenders together with Econet. It would benefit all participants, because the purchaser could get a totally new solution. This way, the export of Finnish water industry could get new winds.
- New ways of actions, which were born through innovation partnership, could be used as references in Finland and abroad. Pilot projects are valuable, because only by trying one can get new information on practical operability. Many foreign customers want to come and see how plants work in practice, so references are crucial, Dammert tells.
Renewed procurement law came into force on 1.1.2017. The main goal of the law is to improve the statuses of small and medium sized companies in procurement procedures by giving the tenderers equal position in public procurement.
Further information for the media:
Taina Dammert, Econet Ltd., tel. +358(0)400808006, taina.dammert(a)econetgroup.fi
Econet Group is a water and environment technology service company. The Group includes Econet Ltd, Dewaco Ltd and Oy Slamex Ab. Helsinki-based Econet designs and offers solutions for clean water and environment globally. Laitila-based Dewaco, in turn, is specialised in sludge thickening, dewatering and sludge removal. Lahti-based Slamex designs and manufactures equipment for treatment of water and wastewater. The Group’s turnover amounts to about EUR 22 million.