Our UV systems are installed in over 7,800 municipal disinfection facilities throughout the world, disinfecting over 44 billion gallons of water per day. We believe clean water is an invaluable resource. That`s why, for more than a quarter of a century, Trojan has led the development of water treatment solutions using environmentally friendly ultraviolet (UV) light. Today, Trojan has the largest installed base of UV systems in operation on the planet, and many of our innovations define the industry standards for safeguarding our water from the damaging effects of microbial and chemical contamination.
- Business Type:
- Industry Type:
- Water and Wastewater - Water Treatment
- Market Focus:
- Globally (various continents)
- Year Founded:
- 100,000,000 - 1,000,000,000 €
Water is a precious resource that touches every person on the planet, in one way or another, every single day. However, the world's supply of clean water is under considerable stress due to growing industrialization, increasing demand, and ashrinking supply due to rising levels of biological and chemical contamination. This stress represents a significant threat to world health, our environment, and economies around the globe.
At Trojan, we are committed to reducing water stress and maximizing this invaluable resource for current and future generations. Our continued development of innovative, technology-based solutions will provide municipalities, industrial enterprises, and consumers with practical ways to solve their water-related and process problems in an environmentally responsible way.
Guided by integrity, commitment and innovation, Trojan will create and offer lasting solutions that build the level of confidence people have in their water.
As a company that is committed to improving the health of our global environment, Trojan Technologies will minimize the carbon footprint and waste streams of our business activities and products, as we continue to develop and service quality products which address global water quality issues. We will achieve these environmental protection goals through:
- Meeting or exceeding all applicable environmental rules and regulations
- Setting goals for maximizing energy efficiency and minimizing the waste streams of our operations and products, taking action and monitoring our progress against those goals
- Designing products that minimize resource consumption and improve the environmental impact of our customers
- Achieving optimal carbon footprint and waste reduction throughout our value chains
- Minimizing or eliminating the use of hazardous substances in our operations and products
The success of Trojan Technologies is a story of vision, ingenuity, and unwavering confidence in the tremendous potential of ultraviolet (UV) light as a technology to safeguard the world's water.
It began in 1976, when a young entrepreneur named Hank Vander Laan bought Trojan Metal Works - a small company located in London, Ontario, Canada. Although fabricating metal toolboxes was the company's mainstay, what caught Vander Laan's eye was the patent it held on a small, UV treatment unit for homeowners to purify their drinking water. He immediately recognized the benefits of ultraviolet (UV) light as a safer, more environmentally friendly alternative to chemical water treatment. Based on a vision of transforming the fledgling metal fabricator into a dynamic global company capable of solving complex water problems, Trojan Technologies was born.
Early on, the company made a key decision to devote the majority of its limited resources to large municipal applications of its UV technology, rather than systems for the consumer market. This shift in focus was instrumental to Trojan establishing a solid foundation. Development commenced on a commercially-viable UV disinfection system for municipal wastewater treatment, and the company was rewarded with its first system installation in Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada. Fueled by this early success, Trojan accelerated its investment in research and in building a strong team.
Through the 1980's and 1990's, the company grew, rapidly. Trojan pioneered many innovations that revolutionized municipal wastewater treatment and, over the course of two decades, installed thousands of systems in over 25 countries. By 1993, Trojan had become the world leader in UV wastewater disinfection. To achieve the next level of growth, the company would need access to more capital. That same year, Trojan Technologies launched a successful, initial public offering (IPO) and became a publicly traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol TUV.
This infusion of investor capital allowed Trojan to expand its facilities to keep up with demand and broaden its product offering with the introduction of the highly successful TrojanUV4000™- a UV treatment system designed to handle extremely high volumes of wastewater. Later public offerings permitted the company to diversify beyond wastewater. With the help of a strong senior management team, that grew to include Marvin DeVries, Doug Alexander, and Ron Braun, Vander Laan steered the organization into new markets.
The company sought to mirror its success in municipal wastewater with the application of ultraviolet light for large-scale drinking water disinfection. Drawing on the significant scientific and engineering expertise within Trojan, the company developed and launched the revolutionary TrojanUVSwift™ municipal drinking water system. It immediately caught the attention of the industry. By 2002, Trojan had won important contracts to supply equipment to the three largest UV drinking water plants in the world - Seattle, Washington; Victoria, British Columbia; and Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
A series of strategic acquisitions allowed the company to continue its diversification into other important markets.
Recognizing the tremendous potential of the emerging field of environmental contaminant treatment (ECT), Trojan purchased Advanced Ultraviolet Solutions of Tucson, Arizona, in 2001. This gave Trojan access to a process called UV-oxidation - an advanced water treatment method that eliminates harmful microorganisms, such as E.coli, Cryptosporidium and Giardia, as well as chemical contaminants, including pesticides and herbicides. Within three years, Trojan had sold over $40 million worth of ECT systems for removing toxic chemicals from water and established itself as the definitive market leader.
Trojan made a further investment in the ECT sector with the January, 2004, purchase of a controlling interest in US Peroxide, LLC of Laguna Niguel, California. Acquiring North America's largest direct supplier of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) for environmental service applications allowed Trojan to expand its range of solutions for water and wastewater treatment.
Trojan enjoyed similar success in the more mature industrial/commercial sector. Acquisitions and alliances in Europe and North America helped broaden the company's distribution, product line, and capabilities in this fast-paced market. From 2001 to 2003 - a period of relatively soft growth for the sector - Trojan had expanded its industrial sales by almost 350%. In March, 2004, Trojan expanded its industrial product line with the introduction of the TrojanUVLogic™Pharma, an innovative product line designed in collaboration with pharmaceutical companies and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for life science applications.
In 2005, Trojan was selected to provide New York City with 56 UV reactors for the largest UV disinfection facility in the world - capable of treating 2.2 billion gallons a day.
Since December 2005, the Aquafine Corporation has operated as a strategic business unit of Trojan Technologies. Aquafine Corporation, headquartered in Valencia, California, was established in 1949, and has been a leader and product innovator for the industrial and commercial market sectors for over 55 years. All industrial and commercial processes from sales to order fulfillment, product engineering to manufacturing, shipment to services (including aftermarket) will in time fully reside within Aquafine.
In August 2008, Trojan acquired R-Can Environmental Inc., a leading manufacturer of ultraviolet equipment in residential water disinfection applications operating out of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Trojan's residential business was then fully integrated into the Guelph location and the residential business unit was renamed to Viqua™. The key product lines, Sterilight® and UVMax™, will lead the business towards a strict focus on residential water treatment solutions, advanced research and development and the customer support.
We've only just begun.