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Global Spotlight

Saturday, February 15th, 2020

North America
Delta Pure acquired
AJR Filtration announced the acquisition of Delta Pure Filtration in November 2019. AJR has expanded rapidly over the last few years, recently moving into a newly built, 180,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility with over 700 employees. Todd Furbee, Delta Pure’s President, will remain as President of the company to help maximize the next phase of expansion and ensure seamless support for customers.

Legionella conference to move
Legionella Conference 2020 will be held in Chicago, Il, August 19-21, with an emphasis on preventing deadly outbreaks in hospitals and health care settings. NSF Health Sciences and the National Environmental Health Association are partnering as conference co-hosts to help stem this rising public health threat. The theme of the conference is Prevention of Disease and Injury From Waterborne Pathogens in Health Care. Public health leaders, policy makers, researchers, practitioners and water management systems experts will discuss policies and strategies for the prevention of health care-associated waterborne disease outbreaks, including hazards related to medical devices, cleaning and disinfection in sterile settings, as well as water quality requirements in hospitals and healthcare facilities.

NACE standards board created
The NACE International Board of Directors has unanimously approved the membership slate of its new Standards Board and authorized its members to provide oversight and management of NACE International’s standards program. Additionally, it was agreed that the Standards Board will have a voting seat on the NACE International Board of Directors, effective March 2020. To quickly get the Standards Board acclimated and operational, members convened for a two-day orientation in Houston, TX in January. During orientation, the roles and responsibilities of members were reviewed, key issues requiring Standards Board attention prioritized and standards committees created to develop and approve NACE standards.

Rosen Supply sold to Winsupply
Winsupply Inc. has purchased Rosen Supply, a plumbing and heating wholesale distributor in the greater Seattle-Tacoma metro area of Washington. Details of the asset purchase were not disclosed. Rosen Supply has been in business since 1946 and is the leading independent, family-owned and operated plumbing and heating wholesale distributor in western Washington. Third-generation members of the family include David Rosen as President and Adam Rosen as Executive Vice President. Harvey Rosen decided to sell the company to Winsupply as an opportunity to keep some ownership in the family. The company’s legal name becomes Winsupply of Seattle WA Co., but will continue to do business as Rosen Supply.

DuPont acquisitions reported
DuPont announced it has completed the 2019 acquisitions of Desalitech, inge GmbH, Memcor® and OxyMem Limited, adding to its portfolio of water purification and separation technologies, including ultrafiltration, RO and ion exchange resins. These four recent acquisitions support DuPont’s goal to increase access to the products and technologies needed to meet global customers’ current and future challenges, including the increased need to recycle water, while reducing the energy requirements to generate clean water. The acquisitions further broaden DuPont’s portfolio and enhance the company’s ability to accelerate innovation and offer customers better levels of service, while reducing the life-cycle costs of clean water.

Food and beverage industry acquisitions break records
Zenith Global reported that 2019 broke records again for the number of food and drink transactions around the world, with 789 registered on the Zenith Global mergers and acquisitions database, an average of 15 each week. The total is 12 more than in 2018 and 41-percent higher than five years ago. The number has increased every year since a dip in 2013. Bottled water and water coolers added up to 23. Orkla, Pernod Ricard, Nestlé, Asahi, PepsiCo, Lactalis, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Azelis, Berlin Packaging, Kirin and Waterlogic were the most acquisitive companies of 2019, with each responsible for five or more takeovers. A total of 1,290 companies were involved across 59 countries, with the United States and United Kingdom most prominent overall.

Success for drinktech reported
Over 9,900 visitors, 201 exhibitors and a total floor space of 11,400 square meters (gross) defined drink technology India (Messe München), co-located with pacprocess and food pex India (Messe Düsseldorf). The trade fair, which takes place in a yearly rotation between Mumbai and New Delhi, is now well established in the Indian capital. The New Delhi edition registered a 30-percent increase in space and saw a record number of business deals negotiated at the fair. The growth of drink technology India remains strong. The supporting program was expanded and addressed all segments and topics of the beverage, dairy and liquid food industry in conferences and seminars. Together with its partners, drink technology India underlines its status as India’s leading knowledge platform.

In WC&P’s December coverage of the 2019 PWQA Annual Convention, credit for the family photos was not properly noted. Thank you, Joyce Takeda of Water Techniques, for your outstanding contribution.

Guest Viewpoint: A Message from WQA Executive Director Pauli Undesser, MWS

Saturday, February 15th, 2020

Our theme for the WQA Convention and Exposition in Orlando April 1-3 is Vision 20/20 and there is no better time to peer into the future and begin to plan for the changes our dealers, manufacturers and suppliers will face in the coming decade. Every year I look forward to convention because of the discussions and debates that drive our vision for the future. It doesn’t matter if these engaging ideas come from private conversations or public discussions, together they help us set the vision of who we are as individuals and as the WQA, and that helps us make a more robust industry and a better world for us all.
Technology will play a key role in promoting the betterment of water quality around the world. To that end, we are launching an Innovation Showcase at this year’s convention. Exhibitors can display new products or leading-edge innovations in a special area on the trade-show floor. More than 240 companies will be exhibiting at this convention and we’ll also offer a wide range of education sessions on water quality issues, emerging contaminants and treatment solutions. By doing so, we expect to expose convention goers to many new ideas and innovations as part of their Vision 20/20.
Speaking of technology, we are concerned about consumer confusion and that our products and their performance capabilities are clearly explained and marketed. That is why, starting this year, a revised WQA Code of Ethics guides members in using marketing terms as defined in the WQA Knowledge Base Glossary. We want to make sure, for example, that member companies avoid using the term ‘water softener’ in ways that are inconsistent with how our industry has defined it.
We also continue to battle marketing scams that cause harm to consumers and our industry’s reputation. We want to be able to talk about legitimate water quality concerns and trustworthy solutions without crossing the line into scare tactics or violating the Code of Ethics marketing guidelines. Expect to hear more about that at the convention and beyond.
When it comes to legitimate water quality concerns, WQA will continue to monitor and speak authoritatively about issues such as lead, per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) and other contaminants in the news. We remain vigilant about lead. In October, we supported the city of Newark, NJ (and WQA member PUR) in their efforts to educate the public on the use of certified products to protect against lead in drinking water.
We continue to reach out to regulators and legislators, serving as a valuable source of information and expertise on water quality issues. WQA’s Government and Regulatory Affairs department has been successfully building recognition for WQA and its members on Capitol Hill, within federal agencies and in key state legislatures. We’ll be in Washington, DC again in March for our annual Water Resources Congressional Summit with the Irrigation Association and National Groundwater Association. At this event (known more informally as the DC Fly-In) members have a unique opportunity to have their voices heard in the halls and offices of the Capitol.
Lastly, we envision continued growth in professional and product certification as we train the next generation of water treatment professionals, while testing and certifiying the products that consumers will need to address the growing water quality challenges across our nation and around the world. The vision is clear, bold and exciting. We invite those in the industry who are not yet members to join with us and help us meet these new opportunities head on. Let’s make our 20/20 vision a reality.

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