Water engineers’ chief is key speaker

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iain Weir, managing director of Newtown-based water quality engineering company Panton McLeod, is one of the key speakers at this year’s prestigious International Water and Effluent Exhibition (IWEX) at the NEC Birmingham next weekend.

The three-day event will showcase the latest water technologies and industry expertise and the invitation is an acknowledgement of the esteem in which Iain is held across an industry committed to finding innovative solutions.

“Our nationwide reputation is built on 15 years of pushing back the boundaries of speed and excellence in cleaning, inspection and repairs,” said Iain. “We also ally the best traditional practices with exciting new technology.”

Iain, who started his working life in construction before graduating with a degree in chemistry, will highlight the innovative work of Panton McLeod’s robotic division.

Iain is regarded as one of the Borders company’s biggest successes – he started in a hands-on role in 1996 and was managing director only five years later.

During the presentation, entitled Robotic Inspection and Cleaning of Drinking Water Reservoirs, Iain will explain how the company’s robotics team is revolutionising the UK water sector by providing the most environmentally-friendly method of cleaning and inspecting water storage facilities. The presentation is part of a wider programme of talks featuring speakers from some of the biggest names in the industry.

Iain said: “It’s a tremendous honour to be speaking at the IWEX conference. It is one of the biggest events in the water sector and gives us a chance to strengthen our reputation.

“We have been using our robotic equipment for a number of years and it has become a key component of our work. By showcasing this innovative work we hope to further promote our equipment and services and spread our influence across the country.”