Safe and Affordable Water Treatment Solutions for Mexico's Leather Industry

BioPlanta GmbH brings its experience in water treatment to the leather industry in Mexico, thus improving water quality and preventing contamination.

Water Treatment Plant Mexico

With production exceeding 55 million square metres, Mexico is one of the world's largest producers of leather. The industry, however, produces contaminated waste water that can cause considerable environmental damage. Because many small enterprises are financially unable to purify the contaminated water, it often finds its way untreated into the public drainage system. As a pioneer in the field of biological wastewater treatment, Leipzig-based BioPlanta GmbH has recognised this market's enormous potential. In this project, the company added to its model specialist expertise by making use of DEG's experience in providing development aid. While BioPlanta developed an affordable system that cleans the water highly effectively in a simple biological process, DEG arranged the necessary contacts in Mexico and performed the groundwork in order to reduce mistrust in this "non-high-tech" method. The successful pilot project is now the subject of great interest in Mexico and other Latin American countries, and has already resulted in increased demand for water treatment plants.


  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

    Funding Agencies
    Germany | Staff size: Unknown
  • BioPlanta GmbH

    Institute, Service Providers
    Germany | Staff size: 51-100

    BioPlanta combines applied plant biotechnology and engineering services at the highest level.

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Key Information

LocationLatin America and Caribbean , Mexico
  • Start Date 2002
  • End Date 2005
  • Sectors