President and ceo Benoît Gillmann said: “We are delighted to welcome Steven to the executive team as we increase our global presence in Asia with the opening of a new sales and support centre in Hong Kong.”
He added: “As a former seagoing marine engineer, a maritime lawyer with Holman Fenwick Willan, and more recently, sales director in the field of ballast water treatment, Steven brings a wealth of industry knowledge and experience to BIO-UV Group.”
Commenting on the Asia market in particular Mathew, who will be BIO-UV Asia’s sales lead for Asia in the field of ballast water treatment, said: “We anticipate a huge start to the ballast water treatment retrofit market beginning in 2019 and spiking in the 2021 to 2022 period.”
He added: “With Chinese shipyards likely to account for a significant share of the BWTS retrofit market, it is important we have a strong local presence on the ground to support shipowners and shipyards. I am very much looking forward to increasing BIO-SEA’s share of the ballast water market in the area.”
While Steven’s focus initially will be on increasing sales of the UV-based BIO-SEA ballast water treatment system in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Vietnam, BIO-UV Group Asia, established in August 2018, will target the Asia-Pacific market as a whole.
With fewer components and welded parts, the UV-based BIO-SEA system is designed and manufactured at BIO-UV Group’s production plant in Montpellier, France, using components manufactured in the European Union.