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Global Spotlight

North America
ResinTech new global HQ
ResinTech, Inc. officially broke ground in April on its new global headquarters in Camden, NJ. The $138.8M development project includes 353,000 square feet of new construction on approximately 27 acres. The high-tech plant for manufacturing strong-acid cation resin will be the largest facility of its kind on the east coast and the first US plant to produce ion exchange resins in over 30 years. The facility is sized to provide 550,000 cubic feet of production capacity with a planned expansion to meet the demands of the growing market.

Global membrane demand to increase
Demand for membranes in the water treatment market is forecast to advance 5.8 percent per year to $8.3 billion in 2023, according to Global Membrane Separation Technologies, a new report from Freedonia Group. Growth will be driven in part by the implementation of more stringent quality regulations for water streams in both developed and developing markets. Gains will also be spurred by the extension of water treatment operations into areas without access to clean water. Contact Corinne Gangloff, cgangloff@freedoniagroup.com for more information about the report.

NSF standards updated for Canada
The American National Standards for health effects of drinking water treatment chemicals (NSF/ANSI 60) and plumbing system components (NSF/ANSI 61) have been updated for the Canadian market and published as National Standards of Canada. The standards, initially published in 1988, have been renamed NSF/ANSI/CAN 60: 2018 Drinking Water Treatment Chemicals – Health Effects and NSF/ANSI/CAN 61: 2018 Drinking Water System Components – Health Effects. NSF International facilitated development of the voluntary consensus standards by a balanced committee of stakeholders representing both US and Canadian public health officials, regulators, industry, product certifiers and various user groups.

Water-Right acquired by A.O. Smith
A.O. Smith has acquired Water-Right Inc. for $107 million (USD) in cash. The acquisition includes all Water-Right subsidiaries, real estate and Mineral-Right Inc., its sister company. It will expand A.O. Smith’s water treatment offerings to wholesale, dealer channels. In 2016, A.O. Smith acquired filtration company Aquasana, then added Hague Quality Water® in 2017.

ATS collaboration announced
Midvale, UT-based ATS Innova announced a new partnership with LuminUltra, a microbial monitoring company with offices in Canada, the US and Europe. Through this new collaboration, ATS and LuminUltra have partnered to benefit customers in water, wastewater and industrial markets, to enhance microbial management programs. This will allow the plants to implement technology-based solutions, save time and money and provide faster access to proactive methods for identifying microbes in water.

US EPA grants announced
US EPA recently announced it will issue more $43.7 million in grants across all 50 US states, which is money that can be used to help test drinking water for lead contamination in public schools and childcare facilities. Water-quality experts say that money can help knock down the $1.08 billion estimated price tag to implement much-needed programs that can help protect students from potential lead exposure. According to 120WaterAudit, schools are at a higher risk than other types of facilities.

Salt Institute no more
Salt has existed for millions of years. The Salt Institute has existed for just over a century; now it has dissolved. The Salt Institute spent decades questioning government efforts to limit Americans’ salt consumption. But the trade group has been officially shuttered by the salt industry executives that serve on its board of directors. The board’s statement didn’t reveal why they decided to close now, nor did employees from major salt companies that were contacted by National Public Radio.

Europe
ASTM MOU with Uzbekistan announced
ASTM International has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Standardization, Metrology and Certification Agency of Uzbekistan (UZSTANDART Agency), bringing the total number of MOUs to 112. The MOU program supports the use of ASTM International standards, while also encouraging global participation in the ongoing development of new and revised standards. The MOU with UZSTANDART Agency will support the development of Uzbek national standards for health, safety, the environment and other industries.

Asia
LANXESS product enhancement announced
A leading producer of Indian market chlor-alkali products has shown benefits from improved efficiency of chlor-alkali electrolysis by applying the LANXESS Lewatit MDS TP 208 as ion exchange resin. Consequently, this new generation of finely dispersed resins is being successfully introduced alongside the MonoPlus types. The south India chemical plant in which the technology was deployed has a production capacity of approximately 190 metric kilotons of caustic soda a year, requiring a quantity of around 400 cubic meters of sodium chloride brine per hour. The brine used for electrolysis needs to be pretreated to protect the electrolysis membranes from high levels of impurities; otherwise, precipitation can harm the membranes, resulting in a less efficient process.

India’s drinktec event a success
drink technology India South (dti-South), which took place for the first time in Bengaluru in April, has established a strong position on the south Indian market. With more than 90 brands, 6,481 visitors and an extensive supporting program, the dti family further expanded its footprint to the southern region of India.

Middle East
DuPont technology deployed at water plant
DuPont Water Solutions reported that it has provided technical assistance to the Safi plant in Ajman to install and manage the system, which produces low-conductivity water for the production facilities and helps provide fresh water to the water-scarce region. Constructed in 2010 and then extended with DuPont technology in 2016, the plant was designed to desalinate estuary water as a means to reduce stress on fresh water resources in the region. The extended plant employs a two-stage system that first utilizes IntegraPac IP-77-XP Ultrafiltration for pretreatment of the water. Then, FILMTEC BW30XFR-400/34 RO elements, employed for the second stage.

Africa
Solar-powered water treatment advancing in Africa
In recent years, much effort has been devoted to creating and developing innovative technologies in the field of solarized water treatment technologies and the future is promising. According to Business Daily, in Africa, solar energy is an abundant and widely untapped resource, whose estimated daily insolation is four to six KWh/m2. The use of solar energy in photovoltaic systems for lighting, water heating and solar water pumping is rapidly gaining popularity due to its availability, reliability, efficiency and quick payback periods. Solar-powered RO plants are among the technologies being fronted as the sustainable solution to water scarcity in not just Africa but the world over.

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