HydroChem has announced the acquisition of Cairns-based water treatment company, Maxwells H20 Services.

The Queensland business specialises in commercial and industrial water treatment throughout far North Queensland Papua New Guinea.

Company co-owners, Chris Harris and Keith Robinson, are well known in the region for their wealth of experience in the resources and heavy industrial sectors.

The acquisition is a strategic investment on the part of HydroChem as they continue to expand their regional footprint.

The Maxwells H20 Services deal follows the purchase of leading Tasmanian service provider DM Chemicals in 2018.

HydroChem strategic director, Nick Duncan, said the company has had a reasonable foothold in far North Queensland for a number of years.

 “We are a fiercely independent, Australian family-owned business. We understand the value of long-standing relationships and place great emphasis on delivering exceptional service,” Duncan said.

“It is safe to say when we entered into our initial discussion with Keith and Chris, what set HydroChem apart from other suitors was that water treatment is our business, not our sideline.

“In joining HydroChem, Maxwells customers will greatly benefit from a widely respected and nationally established Australian owned water treatment company.”

Maxwell H20 Services retiring owner Keith Robinson said Maxwells customers can look forward to a wider range of services, more advanced in-house technical support, higher levels of quality assurance, greater back up support and long term certainty.    

Chris Harris has signalled his intention to stay on and assist HydroChem’s expansion in far North Queensland.

The Maxwells H20 Services brand is set to stay. HydroChem has already announced its intention to retain the much respected and recognisable company name and livery in the region.

"Queenslanders identify with and trust the Maxwells name in water treatment circles, we see no reason to change that,” Duncan said.



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