WaterGroup’s new location in Libertyville, IL will become its central distribution point for Hydrotech and WaterGroup products in the US, with satellite warehouses serving regional market needs. Headquarters, as well as the company’s customer service representatives, will still be based in Fridley, MN with local inventory to support the strong dealer base in that market.


North America

EcoWater sweepstakes

EcoWater Systems LLC awarded John and Barbara Mattingly of Ocala, FL $20,000 through its Soft Life™ Sweepstakes. The Mattingly’s registered for the drawing at the time of their in-home water presentation performed by the Ocala, FL EcoWater dealership. Their winnings will help with plans for an Alaskan cruise, as well as the completion of a landscape project. Steve and Chan Rowley, owners of EcoWater of North Florida, said “We were very happy that this year’s Soft Life Sweepstakes winner was selected from our dealership! We’re very involved in our community and educating people here on the benefits of water treatment and our products is always something we enjoy, but the presenting of $20,000 to a local couple was extremely rewarding.”

Increased demand for disinfection products reported

The Freedonia Group, Inc.’s new World Water Disinfection Products study indicated that world demand for water disinfection products is projected to increase 5.5 percent per year to $7.7 billion (USD) in 2016. Significant changes are occurring globally for a number of reasons: DBP concerns (many of which are known or suspected carcinogens); waterborne illness outbreaks, even in developed countries; heightened security and anti-terrorism measures and tightening of water quality and wastewater treatment standards. The net result of these factors has been a switch from elemental chlorine in favor of highervalue chemicals and advanced treatment technologies. While there is considerable regional variation in the degree to which chlorine alternatives are favored, sodium hypochlorite and hypochlorite generators, UV equipment and ozone equipment will be the main beneficiaries of these changes. Chlorine, however, will remain important, especially in the developing world.

Dow partnerships announced

Dow Water & Process Solutions (DW&PS) has entered into a collaboration agreement with Ahlstrom to use that company’s Disruptor® technology for drinking water applications. The agreement combines DW&PS market, R&D and manufacturing expertise with Ahlstrom’s innovative, non-woven fiber technology to address an unmet need in drinking water applications. DW&PS will incorporate Ahlstrom’s high-performance, breakthrough filter medium into a new set of drinking water purification products that offer excellent pathogen rejection while operating at high flow and low pressure.

DW&PS also signed Haier Group as its sixth trademark licensee to partner with Dow to help enhance the quality of residential water for consumers in China. The company will use DW&PS’s advanced FILMTEC™ RO Technology inside its residential water purification system and filtration products. In addition, Haier is authorized to use the FILMTEC™ RO Inside elements composite logo on its water filtration products and its water filtration marketing materials. Other partner companies include Midea Water Appliances (China), Angel (China), Rusfilter LLC (Russia), KAROFi (Vietnam) and Kent RO Systems Ltd. (India).

UV Pure partnership announced

UV Pure recently welcomed Preferred Pump & Equipment as a wholesale distributor. UV Pure products will now be available from the wholesale distributor of domestic water system products in the US. Founded in Texas in 1982 by Randy Lyne, Preferred Pump expanded across Texas, establishing branches in Tyler, San Antonio and Houston. During the last two decades, the company has experienced phenomenal growth, with branches now located from the eastern seaboard to California and the Pacific Northwest, and from the Texas Gulf Coast to Minnesota.

Zuvo to be provider for mountain bike race

Zuvo Water LLC will be the featured water provider promoting a zero-waste and ‘no bottled water’ ecoconscious lifestyle at the 4th Annual Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival in Aptos Village, CA, April 13-14. No single-use bottled water sales will be allowed at the event. Event organizers hope to illustrate to its participants that zero-waste zones are important to ecological and economic environments. Created to celebrate the mountain bike facilities, riders and the cycling industry of Santa Cruz County, the festival saw 50-percent increases in attendance and athlete participation in 2012 over the previous year.

FMA affinity program announced

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) announced an affinity partner program with workforce solutions provider Kelly Services. The program provides FMA member companies with the opportunity to obtain skilled manufacturing and logistics talent. FMA’s research shows that today’s manufacturing and logistics environments require highly skilled employees in order to remain successful. Only the most qualified and well-trained employees are able to ensure that a company maintains optimal productivity and customer satisfaction. The skilled labor shortage, however, continues to be a challenge for many companies in the industry.

Primozone US parnership announced

Primozone Production AB and Ozone Water Systems, Inc. have entered into a strategic partnership agreement for the US. Under the terms of the agreement, Ozone Water Systems will be responsible for sales, service and promotion of Primozone’s innovative new-generation ozone generators and accessories.

UCMR3 training announced

Eurofins Eaton Analytical, Inc. (EEA) has teamed with American Water College to offer no-cost sampler training for individuals who will need to collect samples under the Unregulated Contaminants Monitoring Rule 3 (UCMR3) program. EEA also developed a series of videos for each part of the UCMR3 sampling process and made those videos freely available via You-Tube and on smart phones. American Water College worked with EEA to add additional information to the videos, based on direct experience with several hundred UCMR3 customers and samples in the first few months of 2013. This combination of online classroom instruction and videos offers utilities across the country an easier way to access this information and simultaneously earn continuing education credits (CEUs). For more information, email [email protected]

Latin America

Krones plant certified

The Krones plant in Brazil, Krones do Brasil Ltda., has been successfully certified by the German technical inspectorate TÜV SÜD. It is the first Krones plant abroad to have been awarded the certification. In March 2013, TÜV SÜD handed over the initial certification, in the form of an IMS certificate extended to cover quality (DIN EN ISO 9001), environmental protection (DIN EN ISO 14001) and occupational safety (BS OHSAS 18001) to Jens Hoyer, Managing Director.

Westlock Spanish language portal launched

Westlock has launched its wireless monitoring system website in Spanish and Portuguese for customers in Latin America. The site (www.breakfreefromwires.com) provides a dedicated hub offering visitors comprehensive information relating to the company’s wireless monitoring system, its applications and the advantages of going wireless. Customers in the Hispanic regions of Latin America can access product brochures, data sheets and more at www.breakfreefromwires.com/es/, while those in Brazil can visit www.breakfreefromwires.com/br/. The site profiles all products available as part of the system and how they work together to provide a groundbreaking monitoring solution.

AmeriWater awarded certification

Two innovative dialysis water purification solutions from AmeriWater Corporation (SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT GROUP) were awarded Canadian Medical Device Licenses. Receiving the certification were the MediQa dialysis water purification systems and the HeatSan integrated heat disinfection system. With these certifications, AmeriWater Corporation now has a complete line of dialysis heat-disinfection systems, from single patients to multi-stations, approved by Canada’s Therapeutic Products Directorate.

Asia

MCM factory announcement

TFC RO membrane manufacturer MCM has built a new factory for RO membranes in Korea. The 29,500-m2 facility includes production halls, logistics storage warehouse, test room and an R&D department. Capacity of the new facility is two million pieces per year and will be increased. MCM is a subsidiary of Chungho group.

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