By RICHARD BLACKWELL
Newterra’s modular sewage treatment system is designed to expand or contract, depending on work force needs
For Newterra Ltd., the key to selling innovative products is to think inside the box. The Brockville, Ont.-based company makes sewage treatment systems for remote locations. Its products combine advanced filtering technology with a modular approach that packages its equipment inside standard shipping containers.
The containers – essentially giant steel boxes – can be easily shipped just about anywhere, and the capacity of a system can be increased merely by adding more units. That is hugely appealing to mining or oil and gas firms that need to process sewage at remote camps in the Canadian North, Africa, South America, or anywhere around the world.