Please tell us a bit about the company and why you are here at ACHEMA.
Howden is a global company making products that move air, or gas, or steam. So, everything that you can imagine around air or gas or steam, we have a product for it.
I'm representing the MVR market, which is mechanical vapor recompression, or compression. It's a small segment, which is used for operational processes. We have multiple products suitable for MVC and ExVel® turbo fan is basically my product.
The fan in the MVC process is at the heart. We circulate steam and we heat up the steam with the fan. The power of the fan goes in the steam, heats up the steam and circulates it back. So, it's cooling down and then heating again. It’s a very energy efficient way to evaporate things.
We originated from Finland and now, these products are fabricated in Scotland, UK or in China. We have two manufacturers for these.
What makes you and your products unique in the marketplace?
I would say the turbo fan process is a unique application. Evaporation has been around forever, but how do you make evaporation efficient? Our MVC products are suitable for that, and it can be scaled. It can be on a small scale or huge and there's all kind of applications which can be used in MVC.
Howden has a long history. In the 1980’s we released the first MVC, so it’s been with us for a long time. It started in Scandinavia with the air industry. That's one of the first applications and now, it's used in dairy, food, pharmaceutical, crystallization, oil and gas and plenty of other different applications.
What are you trying to get out of ACHEMA this week?
It’s the first time at ACHEMA as a company. Our customers are here, as well as a lot of potential customers of course, and a lot of industries to meet and talk to.