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Industries now need to rise to a combination of major environmental, regulatory, social, economic and operational challenges, As a result, they have begun to look beyond simple service solutions in search of a truly creative partner able to innovate. This is the kind of ongoing challenge at witch Veolia excels.

A secure supply of water


Veolia provides SK Hynix with ultrapure water of consistent quality – a critical component for manufacturing the company’s high-tech products.

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PRODUCING ULTRAPURE WATER

Since March 2001, Veolia has been supplying South Korea’s top producer of semiconductors, SK Hynix, with a full range of process water as well as effluent management services at three sites in Incheon, Cheongju and Gumi respectively. The contract runs until 2018.
The manufacture of chips and semiconductors requires ultrapure water that must meet especially stringent quality standards. The water is used to clean the wafers, which are extremely vulnerable to contamination from impurities. Veolia operates and maintains 20 facilities that ensure a constant supply of high-quality, ultrapure water to each of the three sites.                                                 

REDUCED OPERATING COSTS

By conducting regular audits and analyses at all of the facilities it manages and by implementing the most innovative solutions and technologies to emerge over the past decade, Veolia has been able to guarantee a secure supply of ultrapure water to the three SK Hynix production sites while improving their effluent treatment capabilities. Some 40% of the wastewater produced is reused on-site, substantially reducing SK Hynix’s operating costs. This effluent treatment and recycling system, which exceeds the standards set by the South Korean government, also plays a major role in preserving the environment.

 

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Gustavo Migues
Director, Veolia South Korea

For over 13 years, we have guaranteed a reliable supply of ultrapure water in terms of quality, quantity and continuity – and we are constantly working to improve the services we offer our partner.”

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40% of effluent reused on site

Operational security and continuity

 

Key figures

  • An 18-year partnership
     

Customer benefits

  • A steady supply of ultrapure water
  • Improved effluent management
  • Risk reduction
  • Environmental protection


Solutions

  • Process water treatment and effluent recycling